My husband and I wanted to add an addition to our home for years before we finally decided to act on the idea. However, we then realized that we desperately needed to update our kitchen, as well. Before we started the remodeling process, we prepared for what we expected: stress. We made sure we cleared our calendars and didn't have any other major commitments during the remodeling process. However, once we began planning the renovations, we quickly learned that we were actually having a lot of fun! The renovation process also went very smoothly and, now that the process is over, we both joke around that it feels "too quiet" in hear without the company of the contractors. I enjoyed t all so much I decided to start a blog to share my remodeling tips to help others who will soon be taking the plunge!
Whether you are looking to repair the windows you have or replace them with something more modern, talking to a contractor can sometimes feel intimidating. This is not because window professionals are hard to deal with, but because you may be unfamiliar with a lot of the terminology that is used to describe specific window types. When it comes to chatting about windows and getting the best out of the experience, there are several key terms you should know the meaning of as a homeowner.
Bow Window - A bow window is a paneled design that allows the encasement and panes to expand outward from the surface exterior of the home in a radial design. Bow windows are a common staple in bedrooms with a seating area. The most common issue with bow windows is water damage because of the tendency for roofing to deteriorate over the window casing itself.
Cottage Window - A cottage window has a smaller panel at the top than at the bottom. These are often used in locations where a small window is needed, such as a bathroom or over the kitchen sink. Cottage windows can also be considered casement windows, with two outward-opening panels.
French Casement Window - French casement windows have two panels that open outward much like two doors. This allows for a large opening without the intrusion of a center fastener. Even though stylish, a common issue with french casement windows is hinges that are sprung from over-extension.
Palladian Window - Palladian windows are most often found in a family room or dining area and may be called a picture window by the average homeowner. These windows feature a large, arched pane of glass at the top and smaller panels on either side to give width and height. These windows will likely be more often repaired than replaced because of their stature and the cost of replacement.
Sidelight Window - A panel of glass that does not open and is encased in the wall parallel to the actual window is called a sidelight window. These windows are usually the same length as the main window itself, but will be much more narrow.
By understanding a few of the terms that your window repair or installation professional may use, you will feel much more at ease with the whole situation. If there are terms that you do not understand, it is always a good idea to ask and the professional will likely be glad to help you be more informed. To learn more, visit Gary D Torgerson Co.