Why Are Sliding Windows A Good Choice For Your Home?


If the time has come to replace your windows, you may have been looking at various double-hung window options and perhaps a few casement windows. But there is another type of window worth considering: sliding windows. These are windows that slide open to one side; they offer a number of benefits for homeowners. Here's a look!

They're easy to maintain.

Sliding windows don't have as many working parts as casement or awning windows. There are no hinges or crank mechanisms to worry about.  As a result, they have a lesser chance of breaking and requiring repairs. Cleaning sliding windows is also easy. Some models are made so that they open to the inside, allowing you to clean the outside of the window from the inside of your home. If your windows are short horizontally, you can also reach around the outside to clean it without worrying that you'll fall out.

They're compatible with screens.

Most sliding windows come pre-fitted with screens. You can open or close the screen by sliding it to the side -- just like the glass window panel. Usually, you can also snap the screens out for easy cleaning. While you can use screens with casement and awning windows, they're usually fixed in place.

They won't get loose in the frame.

Double-hung windows can sometimes get loose in the frame as they age. The top window may start sliding downward, leaving a gap near the top of the window. The bottom window may also start slumping downward when you leave it in the locked position. Since sliding windows open to the side, gravity can't play this trick on them. They stay tight in their frames from day one, which makes them secure and energy-efficient.

They're easy to open or close.

If you have arthritis in your hands or other difficulties operating complex mechanisms, sliding windows are the perfect choice for you. There are no small parts, like the cranks associated with casement and awning windows, and you don't have to apply a lot of pressure as you sometimes do when you lift up a heavy double-hung window to open it. At the same time, there are typically locking mechanisms at the top of the window so you can keep young kids from opening them without your permission.

To learn more about sliding windows, talk to a window replacement company in your area like Jerry Newman Roofing & Remodeling, Inc.. They can help you compare this window style to your other options and decide on the one that's right for you.


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