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What Are the Top 5 Replacement Window Styles for Minneapolis Homes?

Did you know if you’re replacing your windows that you don’t have to go with the same style as your existing windows?

We find when we’re talking with prospective customers, this is a common misconception.  But the reality is, you can choose just about any style of window that will work in the existing opening.  And you might just realize that another style would work better than the one you have.  With that in mind, we’d like to review the most popular window styles for homeowners in the Minneapolis area.

Tilt Turn Windows by Marvin

Top 5 Replacement Window Styles

When you say ‘window,’ what mind picture do you get?  Is it one of these?

  • Double-hung window:  This traditional window style still remains the most popular for homeowners both here in Minnesota and across the U.S.  But there are other styles gaining in popularity.  You might want to consider one of these other ones, because each one of them has advantages that double-hungs don’t offer.  But if you want to stick with tradition, this is your go-to.  (And if you’ve got an historic home, you may not have any other options.)
  • Casement Windows:  This window style is gaining in popularity, becoming almost as common as double-hung windows.  There are multiple reasons for this, the most important ones being that they are more energy-efficient than double-hung windows, and they are easier to operate.
  • Awning Windows:  Similar to a casement window, awning windows are mounted horizontally and so open up rather than sideways.  Like the casement, they are very energy-efficient and easy to open.  Awning windows are often installed below picture windows for ventilation or high on a wall to provide light and air in spots where privacy is needed, such as a bathroom or bedroom.
  • Bay and Bow Windows:  Similar in nature, both these window styles protrude out from the wall, giving you a spot for a window seat or display shelf.  They provide both light and air on several sides, which is a big plus.  The difference?  Bay windows are box shaped, usually three sides, although Marvin has recently introduced a style that also has a glass panel overhead.  Bow windows are curved and may consist of four to seven windows mulled together.  Sometimes they are fixed; others may have operable windows only on the side.  The design options are almost limitless.  And that’s one of the big advantages of this style.  Plus you get a bigger space visually without needing to enlarge a room.
  • Tilt-Turn Windows: This window style is relatively new to the U.S. window market, which may be one reason for their popularity. These windows are very popular in Europe.  Shown above is a tilt-turn window from Marvin.  When closed, it looks much like a double-hung window. This window style functions two ways:  It can open in similar to an in-swing casement, or the top sash can tilt down.  It’s a great window style for an emergency egress since it swings wide open, but the tilt-down option is useful for a breath of fresh air in situations where you wouldn’t want an open window, such as if it is raining or it’s a room where small children are present.  Plus they are incredibly easy to clean both sides from inside a home.

There are quite a few other window styles available, but these represent the most popular ones.  Watch our blog for upcoming posts where we’ll review some of the other window styles our customers choose. As THE replacement window company for the Minneapolis area, we pride ourselves on offering a wide range of window solutions to help each client get the right windows for their homes or businesses.





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