Sliding windows are among the most popular types of windows available in the market today, and with good reason. Part One of this blog series introduced us to what they are, what they’re made of and how they operate. In this installment, we’ll talk about the different features that make them a great choice for window replacements.
No homeowner wants a high-maintenance window. This is one of the key benefits of sliding windows: for operable systems, they have relatively few moving components and none that work against the pull of gravity. This lowers the risk of mechanical complications and premature window failure.
Operating a sliding window is a simple affair: just unlock, release the latch and let the movable sash slide open from one side to the other. To close the window, just slide the sash back to its original position and lock. Operation can be done one-handed, making sliding windows a good choice for tight spots.
Sliding windows use more glass and less frame, which means you can enjoy generous amounts of natural light during daytime. They in fact allow for the biggest glass area among individually-installed operable windows.
Because sliding windows do not project inward or outward when open, installing accessories like insect screens and window treatments is a simple matter.
Thanks to their simple design and low maintenance requirements, sliding windows are among the most cost-effective window options both upfront and long-term.
Projecting windows like casements and awnings aren’t the best choice near walkways, decks or patios because they can interfere with foot traffic and/or present a safety hazard. Sliding windows are a perfect option for these awkward spaces if you need an operable window that remains flush with the wall even when open.
Stick around for Part Three of The Homeowner’s Guide to Sliding Windows, where we’ll talk about general care and maintenance tips as well as ways to maximize your sliding window investment.