Choosing New Windows: Make the Right Choice for Your Lakeland, Florida Home

Nov 11, 2022

Exterior view of a Lakeland FL home showcasing stunning new windows with front entry doorSelecting new or replacement windows, can be overwhelming with all the styles, materials and features to choose from. Doing some homework before you make any decisions can save on headaches later on.

The Difference Between New and Replacement Windows

Replacement windows refers to when an old or poor quality window is removed without disturbing the surrounding trim (and/or frame), and is replaced with a new window that is designed to fit right into the existing opening. Replacement windows cost around the same as new windows, however there is more labor involved in the removal of the old windows and therefore the overall cost is higher.

New windows would be chosen when the homeowner is involved in new construction, as in a new home or an addition to an existing home. A big advantage of new windows is that you have the option to completely change the appearance and feel of your home both inside and out.

Now that you know the difference between new windows and replacement windows, let’s talk about window styles.

The four most basic and popular window styles in Florida are listed below:


Single or Double Hung Windows

Single or double hung windows are probably among the most common windows seen in most homes. They are comprised of two separate “sashes” (the actual pane of glass in the inner frame), which open or close by sliding up or down. A single hung window opens from the bottom only by sliding up whereas a double hung window (which looks exactly the same) can be opened from either the top or the bottom. Double hung windows are ideal for creating wonderful ventilation when you lower the top sash. They are especially suited to homes where there are small children as they prevent the danger of a child climbing out the bottom window. (Remember: window screens do not support the weight of a small child.)

Kitchen sink with sunlight through casement windows from Polk County Window and Door

Casement Windows

Casement windows generally consist of one large pane of glass that is hinged vertically on one side or the other, and opens by swinging open from the opposite side. Usually a lever or other mechanism is used to open this style of window.

Awning Windows

Awning windows are hinged horizontally at the top and are opened by tilting the window out from the bottom. As their name suggests the awning window creates the appearance of an awning. These windows are most popular in coastal areas and in bathrooms.

Kitchen area with awning windows by Polk County Window and Door, overlooking trees

Living room with sunlight shining through slider windows from Polk County Window and Door

Slider (or Glider) Windows

Slider (or glider) windows – do just that. They slide open from side to side. These are an excellent choice when there is limited space outside to swing the window open such as in a casement window.

Check out the video below of a Florida Room we completed in Lakeland, Florida. This provides examples of both slider Windows and Doors.

Consider Upgrading Your New Windows with Impact Resistant Glass

Impact windows and doors exceed standards for impact-resistance. Often found in coastal areas, these windows and doors hold up against fierce windows and debris. This glass features an interlayer that provides an additional layer of protection from flying debris.

In addition to the added safety, they provide: – filtering up to 99% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays – Sound-dampening interlayer providing a 50% sound reduction over standard glass – Ultra efficient glass options

Infographic: Impact window strength by Polk County Window and Door

Elevate Your Home with New Windows

Choosing the perfect new windows for your Lakeland FL home doesn’t have to be daunting. Whether you’re considering windows for new construction or replacing existing windows, taking the time to explore your options pays off in the long run. From classic single or double hung windows to sleek sliders and the added protection of impact windows, Polk County Window and Door® has the expertise and selection to make your vision a reality. Let’s turn your Lakeland FL home into a showcase. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards a brighter, more beautiful home.

Choosing New Windows Frequently Asked Questions

Explore our FAQ for insights into selecting new windows for your Lakeland FL home.

How do impact windows differ from traditional windows?

Impact windows are engineered to withstand extreme weather conditions, making them an ideal choice for homes in Florida prone to hurricanes or tropical storms. In addition to their durability, impact windows offer energy efficiency and enhanced security features.

Are there specific window styles suited for certain areas of the home?

Yes, different window styles offer unique benefits depending on the room and its function. For example, awning windows are popular in bathrooms for privacy and ventilation, while casement windows provide unobstructed views and airflow in living spaces.

What are the advantages of slider (or glider) windows?

Slider windows are an excellent choice for rooms with limited space, such as those adjacent to patios or walkways. Their horizontal opening mechanism allows for easy operation and contemporary design flexibility.

How can I ensure I choose the right windows for my specific needs?

Consulting with a professional window supplier, such as Polk County Window & Door, can help you navigate the selection process. Consider factors such as energy efficiency, noise reduction, and aesthetic preferences to find the perfect windows for your home.