Prefabricated houses have become a very popular housing option these days due to their ease of construction and the value they offer. Moreover, these homes are available in many designs to suit the unique needs of the buyer. The windows in a home serve to improve its design, preserve its warm or cool inside temperature, and fill its rooms with natural light. So, let us look into the different window options that are available in prefab modular homes.
Single Hung Windows
These windows open at their lower sash. They are a solid, energy efficient window option for prefab homes. The only downside is that they only allow the bottom sash to open for ventilation. This type of window is affordable compared to other types. However, many home owners prefer windows that allow them to open the top sash.
Double Hung Windows
This type of window has two sashes that move up and down to offer natural ventilation. It’s a common trend among modular home manufacturers. Sliding windows and double hung windows may lead to air leaks at the sashes, decreasing the energy efficiency of the modular home.
Note that it is not possible to install tight weather stripping in these windows, as both the sashes need to be moved freely. Another important thing is to have sash locks that are aligned properly to minimize air leakage and to keep the sashes tight.
This is the most energy efficient type of window for prefabricated homes. You crank the sash of this window in and out to open and close it . When closed, the sash provides a tight seal that does not allow air to escape from the window. This offers great energy efficiency to the home. Be careful if you use casement windows near pathways, as the window sash can obstruct them when it is opened.
These windows are usually installed in foundation walls to offer natural ventilation and lighting to modular home basements. This type of window opens on hinges, and it rivals casement windows for energy efficiency.
The installation of the window will determine its energy efficiency and seal quality. This type of window is usually used in modern prefabricated houses and is available in a variety of sizes. However, one must note that it can be difficult to open and close larger hopper windows.