Slider Windows are a style of window that opens horizontally. You can slide one section to the left or right to enjoy fresh air through a large exposed opening. Think of them as a double hung window laying on its side. The left and right sections of slider windows glide inside integral tracks. The guides are simple in design, yet engineered for ultra sooth operation of the windows. Now let’s take a quick look at some of the Pros and Cons of installing Slider Windows in your home.
Pros of Slider Windows
Simplicity: The track design of sliding windows is very simple which in turn ensures smooth operation. The sliding action makes the windows easy to operate, which reduces the likelihood of damage from prying on the window frames or aggressively attempting to open a stuck window.
Maintenance: Unlike double hung windows, with slider windows there are no counterweights, ropes, or pulleys to maintain. Maintenance is as simple as occasionally vacuuming the dirt and debris from the tracks and lubricating the slides.
Interior Design: In many instances, slider windows can solve interior design problems. Conventional casement windows tend to be tall, meaning the windows may be obstructed by furniture such as a headboard, couch, or a large-screen TV. We solved this problem in the family-room remodel in the photo above. If the room is short, such as a basement den, slider windows can actually make the room appear taller.
Both Sections are Moveable Slider windows offer the advantage that both sections are movable. This provides tremendous flexibility in opening either window section depending on the furniture layout of your room. You can even open both sections for improved ventilation.
Longevity: The design of slider windows is so simple that they tend to outlast many other window types. Overall, they are less susceptible to damage and generally experience less wear and tear on basic hardware.
Eliminate Obstructions: Awning windows, hopper windows, and casement windows can create an obstruction if the window is adjacent to a walkway or patio. Sliding windows eliminate this hindrance while still offering adequate ventilation for the room.
Cons of Slider Windows
Energy Efficiency: Casement windows tend to provide a tighter seal and are generally offer higher energy efficiency ratings. While insulated glass is available in some sliding window designs, they can become heavy and more difficult to operate.
Weatherproofing: Sealing around sliding windows can be challenging without interfering with the functionality of the windows. For extreme climates, a better choice may be a hinged casement window which can close tight against the frame to form an air tight seal.