Different windows appease different folks

Fixed configurations offer best money, energy savings
Published on Feb 6, 2004

If you're in the market for new windows, one of the many things you'll have to decide on is the window's configuration – in simple terms, how, or if, it opens and closes. As with most things in building there's no one "right" choice, and each has certain advantages and disadvantages. Fixed: A fixed window, also called a picture window, is one that doesn't operate. As you'd expect, fixed windows are the least expensive configuration, and also the most energy efficient. Sliding: Perhaps the most common of the operable window configurations is the sliding window, which consists of one fixed pane of glass that half the width of the window and a second, movable pane of glass of equal size that slides horizontally across and to the inside of the fixed pane. In larger sliding windows – typically those over about 8 feet in width – there will be a fixed pane in the middle combined with one sliding pane on either side that move horizontally toward the window's center. Sl...