You're lucky because on the path of researching the different types of Windows you will find that there are only a limited number of them to choose from.
In this article we are going to talk about the most popular residential windows, so you won’t have to wade through a great deal of information. Let’s look closely at four types of windows to understand their pros and cons and how to protect each of them.
Horizontal sliding windows
These are practical and very comfortable windows. There are two types to choose from: single-slider and double-slider. It's much easier for the owners to clean the outside from the inside, that's why it’s a great choice for the second floor and beyond. On the other hand, many owners claim that these windows are less energy-efficient than hinged ones. Note also that if dirt gets inside the sliding channel, the closing and opening become very problematic so don't forget to clean it occasionally to stay away from frustration well prolonging your window’s life.
Sliding locks are optimal for protecting sliding windows. You can put the lock on a panel to the lower track and fix it with the key. Every time you try to move the sliding board, it will stop because of the lock. Don't forget to keep the keys somewhere safe but easy to reach. You may want to use our tips for carrying your keys
Another option for those who enjoy sliding constructions. Single-hung and double-hung windows look similar while closed, but double-hung windows could open by an inside vertical folding. The main difference between these two options is that double-hang windows are more expensive but they are a bit safer, especially for families with babies or pets. You can latch the bottom window and open the top one, so there won't be any unpredictable accidents. The best way to secure these windows is to install vinyl locks (one for single-hung and two for double-hung windows).
They swing open by rotating a hand-crack at the bottom of the construction. A significant advantage of these windows is that you can provide excellent ventilation in the room by opening the entire window. The weak point of this construction is the crank. After hundreds of openings and closing, it could become a casualty of wear and tear. Which means eventually you will need to repair it. You can install a lock with a handle to secure this type of window. You can also install the handle on the lower side of the frame and turn it to open the window.
These windows provide you with a complete view of the outdoors. They do not open, so they don't provide ventilation. However, they have a small benefit - improved energy efficiency. A window bar would be good to protect this kind of window as it covers the whole construction.