Sliding windows have unique features. While they might seem attractive, should you consider getting these windows? Here are a few questions to ask yourself. ——————————————– CONTINUE READING ——————————————–Do I Have Enough Space?One immediate benefit of sliding windows is that they save space. Whereas other windows need space to swing open or have protruding window sashes, sliding windows operate within the width and depth of its frames. This feature gives you more flexibility with decor and furniture placement.Do I Need Big Windows?Sliding windows are unique in that the weight of the sashes rest on the bottom of the frame. It provides better structural support for big and heavy windows, which lets you combine two regular windows into one large one. Large windows create an open look, frame a beautiful view and allow for more natural lighting. If you’re concerned about the potential increase in your indoor cooling requirements, Renewal by Andersen® offers ENERGY STAR® windows that can block ultraviolet (UV) rays and heat from the sun without compromising natural light.How Difficult Are They to Open?If you or your loved ones have accessibility limitations, you need windows that can be easily opened. Sliding windows certainly fit the bill: the handles let you open and close the sashes in one motion while the window locks can be operated with just one hand.The rail under the sashes are crucial to its smooth operation. Traditional materials like wood have high expansion and contraction rates, which cause windows to become stuck or difficult to open. Renewal by Andersen knows and understands the need for frame and sash material that overcomes these problems, which is why our window frames are exclusively made of Fibrex® material. This material combines wood fibers and polymer to help maintain its shape when exposed to temperature extremes.Am I Exerting Too Much Effort Cleaning My Windows?No matter the style, windows are notoriously difficult to clean, with tight spots where dirt can get stuck. Dust and grit can get stuck in sliding window rails. If window cleaning is something that you dread doing with your existing windows, then you need to pick replacement windows with features that allow for easy cleaning. Renewal by Andersen sliding windows have just such features: removable sashes, low-maintenance frames and exterior metal oxide coatings on the glass, which removes up to 99% of water spotting when activated by sunlight.Renewal by Andersen of Southwest Missouri is your leading provider of energy-efficient windows. Give us a call at (417) 268-9301, or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.