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Choosing Sliding Windows: When Is It Ideal?

Style should always be considered when picking new windows for your home. And while many homeowners tend to choose more classic options, such as double-hung and casement windows, you don’t actually have to go the same route. How about getting sliding windows? They stand out by meeting specific needs that other window styles can’t.  

Here’s when it’s ideal to choose sliding windows for your home:

  • You want to save space. Some windows swing out or in, which makes opening them a bit awkward if they’re installed in tight corners. But this shouldn’t be an issue with sliding windows. Because they slide smoothly along their tracks, fitting neatly to the side, you won’t have to change the room’s existing furniture placement or worry about them interrupting high-traffic areas like walkways.
  • You want to maximize your viewing area. If you’re fortunate enough to live in a home with a stunning view, you can frame that same view to the best effect using sliding windows. Their thin frames and expansive glass make this possible. But unlike picture windows, which have the same features, sliding windows are operable. This means they can maximize not only your viewing area but also your access to natural ventilation.
  • You want to make your home accessible. For people of a certain age, the simple act of opening or closing a window can be a challenge. Pushing a double-hung window up or cranking open a casement window requires energy they may have little of. It’s different with sliding windows. They take little effort to open or close. You just need to push them slightly to the side and off they go. Their smooth operation makes them useful for people having difficulty with fine motor skills.

Not all sliding windows are made the same, however. You’ll find that some options are stronger and of higher quality than others. Take Renewal by Andersen® sliding windows, for example. They use revolutionary Fibrex® composite for sashes and frames, making them as tough as wood windows and as low-maintenance as vinyl windows. They’re not only impervious to cracks, pits, warping, rot, and corrosion, but also create an airtight seal that prevents significant energy loss. 

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When in need of tough, beautiful, and energy-efficient sliding windows, just turn to Renewal by Andersen of Rapid City. We proudly serve the areas in and around Spearfish, SD. Call us today at (605) 341-7831, or fill out this contact form to schedule a window consultation. We’d love to hear from you!


"The Andersen crew was very prompt and professional, and was finished in 1 day. Great!"

Terri Vaughn
May 10

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