There are several things to consider when picking windows, whether for new construction or replacement units. The first thing to think about is operating style, each of which has its own unique features. One of the most popular styles is a slider window. Read on to know more about it, as well as its pros and cons.
What is a slider window?
A slider window opens horizontally. These appear like double-hung windows if a person tilts his head to one side. Most of these windows are made of two glass panels with one moveable side. The moveable plane can be placed on the left or right side.
Pros of slider windows
This type of window has several advantages, including the following:
- Great views
One of the biggest perks of slider windows is they offer an excellent view of the outdoors. Their minimal framing will not block the view. Their dimensions are that of a picture window, usually wider than they are tall.
- Better ventilation and lighting
This type of window is an excellent choice for homes that need additional light and airflow. Since they are expansive windows, they can open wider to allow more fresh air and light to enter. Other types are harder to use.
- High durability
Springs and pulleys suffer from wear and tear over a long period. Fortunately, slider windows don’t depend on these specific parts to open. Instead, most windows of this type utilize glazing that increases their durability.
Since these windows use high-quality window glazing, they’re also energy efficient. As a result, property owners will enjoy higher savings because of lower energy bills.
The basic non-tilt sliding window is typically the cheapest operational window in the market. Note, however, that prices are subject to change depending on the brand and quality.
Sliding windows are excellent solutions for homes where extruding windows can’t be used. This includes stairs, walkways, yards, decks, or porches.
- Easy to use
These windows are pretty easy to operate. Just slide them to the side instead of pushing them up. This is an important aspect, especially for homes that have older people.
Cons of slider windows
There are also notable downsides to having a slider window. Some of them are:
1. Harder to clean
Cleaning the inner portion of the window is simple, but cleaning the other side is quite challenging, especially during winter. Other types can be lifted and tilted for easier access, which is not the case for sliding windows.
In addition, the tracks serve as spots where dirt and debris can accumulate. This may need more frequent cleaning.
If ease of maintenance is a top priority in choosing windows, a casement window may be a better option.
2. Maintenance issues
There are also issues related to the components of sliding windows, such as:
- The rollers that are part of the window’s mechanism may need to be changed after a few years. Although this isn’t too hard to do, this is an additional piece of maintenance to think about.
- Water can also accumulate on the window sill, which promotes mildew growth and causes issues with the track. Make sure that the windows have drainage holes to avoid this problem.
- This type of window doesn’t seal tightly like awning or casement windows. As a result, they tend to be less energy-efficient. It can also be a security issue. Fortunately, some brands have interlocking meeting rails that can address this problem.
- Those residing in cold and windy climate may discover that sliding windows do not seal well enough when closed. It is mainly because of the center seam of the window that has a small gap where wind can move in. The windows may rattle in a storm or when a big vehicle roars along the road because of the gap. Of course, this depends on the house’s foundations. If the home is built on a concrete slab, then this may not be a problem.
3. Fewer design choices
There are only a few color choices with sliding windows – usually brown, silver, or green. The choices may not match your house’s interior design. On the other hand, brown and silver are flexible and may be suitable for several color schemes.
Install beautiful and comfortable slider windows with Glass King
Choosing the right type of window has a big impact on the overall look and comfort of your home. With such an important decision to make, you need a reliable professional to help you out.
Glass King has over 50 years of experience in both window installation and replacement. We will make sure that every window is a perfect fit and addresses all concerns of the room. Get in touch today by calling 480 389 5656 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact us, and let’s discuss how we can add value to your home.