4 Unique Window Styles for a Condo Remodel Project
If you own a condominium, you are a homeowner. When you
think about home improvement projects, you have many of the same considerations
as people who own houses, such as budget and timeframe. However, owning a condo
also presents its own unique set of considerations in home improvement
One such project is window replacement. If your condo is
older, you’re probably thinking of an upgrade to energy-efficient windows.
Well, your choices do not end with energy-efficiency options. You will still
get to decide between different styles of windows. Below are some unique styles
and which situations you could use them in for your condo remodel.
1. Casement Windows
Casement windows offer one of the best methods for opening
up your space to the outdoors without having an actual door to the outside.
Casement windows are hinged at the side, and they open completely when you
crank them. They can open inside or outside, depending on your preference.
The big disadvantage of casement windows for any space is
that they require up to their full width in clearance when they open. Therefore,
they are not ideal for tight spaces. That said, if you have an upper-level
condo and no kids or pets, a casement window that opens out is a great method
of ventilating your space.
2. Slider Windows
Slider windows are the opposite of casements in that they
require no clearance to open. Instead, they consist of sashes that move
vertically along tracks to open. You have the two-panel sliders, which are two
sashes. One or both might move. Three-panel sliders consist of a stationary
central window and two small sliders that open up.
With slider windows, one of the big challenges is cleaning
them. Their panels do not swing in or out, so you might have some issues with
cleaning the outside in upper-story windows. However, their minimalist profile
and durability make them ideal for condos. The three-panel slider is especially
suited to simulating a picture window while still allowing for ventilation.
3. Awning Windows
Awning windows are like casement windows, except awning
windows move up and away from the wall. This ensures that you can close an
awning window quickly and easily if inclement weather threatens or if the
weather gets too cold. It also provides good ventilation if the inside gets too
If you do want to have an awning window, make sure no plants
or vegetation is right outside. This could keep the window from opening or
block your outside view. Also, since the window moves up and out, you might
find cleaning the outer window difficult. This could mean that you will have to
move outside to clean it or get creative if cleaning from the inside.
4. Double-Hung Windows
While double-hung windows are very common in many homes,
that does not diminish the fact that double-hung windows are practical,
energy-efficient, and cost-effective. Design-wise, they are a versatile option,
meaning that they can go with many types of homes and are available with
different colors and sizes. Additionally, as they are a popular window type,
you can find them at a great price.
Double-hung windows are not as versatile with ventilation,
as you can only have the upper or lower top open at a time. However, with the
benefit of weather stripping, you can improve the energy efficiency of your
window, which can help regulate the temperatures inside your home.
If you want windows uniquely suited to your
condominium, the above styles have their own qualities. Consult with the window
experts at Fischer Window & Door Store for more ideas about window replacement in