Living in a small home has advantages. It usually means less cleaning and maintenance and a smaller carbon footprint. It also means more intimate and communal living. But one thing you don’t want to feel in a small home is claustrophobic. And without the proper window styles, a small home can feel tight, dark, and stuffy. Luckily you aren’t stuck with the windows your home came with. You can get replacement windows in Phoenix, AZ to open up your small home and make it feel more welcoming. Here are the window styles to consider:
1. Single or Double Hung Windows
These are more traditional windows. Single hung windows have one pane that slides up and down over a fixed pane. And double hung windows feature two operational panes that slide up and down inside the frame. The reason these types of windows are so great for small homes is that they are usually installations and can catch more light. They also foster natural air circulation. And because they do not project outside you don’t have to worry about leaving room for the outswing. Homeowners usually install these windows in living areas and bedrooms.
2. Horizontal Sliding Windows
These are another standard window style in many homes because of the simple design. These are much like single hung windows, except the pane slides back and forth in the frame. They don’t project outside and again, there is no outswing. These are often wider installations, which is great if you need more ventilation in the home. They are also easy to clean and maintain. Homeowners often install these windows in living rooms, bedrooms, and kitchens.
3. Awning Windows
These windows are also great for small homes. Awning windows hinge at the top of the frame. They push out to open which creates a small roof over the opening. This means you can open windows, even on rainy days. The reason we recommend these for smaller homes is you can install awning windows a little higher up on the wall. That way they can still provide plenty of daylight and ventilation without taking up precious wall space. Installing them above eye level also helps preserve privacy. Homeowners often choose awning windows for bathrooms, utility rooms, and bedrooms.
4. Transom Windows
Speaking up installing window above eye level, if natural light is a major concern you might try getting creative with fixed windows. These come in a range of sizes and styles, and they can work almost anywhere. When you install windows up near the ceiling you can get sunlight into the home without compromising privacy. And with modern glazing technologies, you don’t have to worry about these installations compromising the efficiency of the home. Homeowners often choose to install these types of windows in bedrooms, bathrooms, closets, and above cabinets.
Still wondering which replacement windows in Phoenix, AZ might be best for your small home? Contact the experts at Freelite Inc. During a design consultation, we help you find the best styles at a fair price. For more information on upgrading your windows call (602) 233-1981 or stop by 331 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85003.