In Part one of this blog series, we talked about double-hung windows. If you’ve considered double-hung and determined they aren’t for you, you might want to look instead at sliders.
Sliding windows typically have one fixed pane and one sliding pane. To open or close this type of window, you slide a pane horizontally along a track inside the window frame. They’re similar to double-hung windows, but open side to side instead of up and down.
Sliders are favored by homeowners who’d like to frame a view, but this type of window’s advantages goes beyond aesthetics.
Because they have fewer parts than conventional windows, slider windows require very little maintenance and are a cost-effective choice. Little can go wrong with this type of window, as they require no pulleys or springs—rather, they operate on small wheels that glide along the window’s track. All slider windows really need every now and then is a good vacuuming to get rid of dust and debris, and some lubrication. Standard windows will often have lift out sashes; some offer in-swing sash rails to make cleaning the windows from inside the home possible as well.
As mentioned earlier, sliders are durable because they don’t depend on springs and pulleys, which tend to wear down and fail over time. Slider windows don’t rely on these components to function, making them more durable than conventional windows. Better brands boast lift out sliders with dual brass rollers and a stainless steel axel to boot. Glazing can also help add to durability. Yet another plus some windows offer is a coved interior glazing bead that further improves the window’s aesthetic value.
Slider windows aren’t hard to open and close—all you need is to undo the latch to release and simply glide the window along the frame to open, then slide it back and wait till the latch clicks closed to shut. Apart from ease of use, sliding windows have great functionality. Add a fly screen to keep insects out while you let in fresh air. Improve energy efficiency by either single or double-glazing the window, or by opting to use low e-glass.
Sliding windows are a lot cheaper than other window types, making them more cost effective and economical, but it doesn’t stop there. They can last a long time without much maintenance, and they aren’t likely to require expensive repairs or replacements down the line.
Casement windows are another pretty popular window option. What makes casement windows sell? Stay tuned for Part III and find the answers.