A window is a window is a window. Right? Wrong. Many homeowners are surprised at just how many different window types there are out there. It can be hard to decide on a style or the right material, too. Glass, blinds, tinting, screens – the options are seemingly endless.
But seriously, all windows consist of a frame and some glass you can look through. So it should be simple, no? Let’s have a look…
Most Popular Types of Windows
- Awning Windows
- Bay Windows
- Bow Windows
- Casement Windows
- Double Hung Windows
- Single Hung Windows
- Sliding Patio Doors
- Sliding Windows
- Hinged Patio Doors
- Picture Windows
- Shaped Windows
Awning windows have hinges at the top and open outward with a crank allowing them to catch breezes from any direction. Often times, homeowners will place an awning window above or below other windows to add architectural style, light, and ventilation to a room. Awning windows are also popular above or below windows that don’t open like a picture window.
Bay windows include a combinations that can really open a room up and provide great natural light. Bay windows have three windows set into an angled frame. The most popular combination is to have a fixed picture window in the middle with a casement window or a double hung window on each side. Bay windows project outward from your home adding space and a feeling of volume.
Before we move on to bow windows, we should note that many homeowners think they have to replace the bay window including the frame. While that may be the case if the frame has damage or rot, it could be possible to simply replace the windows within the existing frame, which can save you hundreds of dollars. We can help you determine this on the phone or during your consultation — call any time 617-848-9610.
Bow windows have four or more custom curved windows that create a circular outcropping in the home. You’ll most often see bow windows in older homes, like a Victorian style home for example, but they really can be adapted for any room. Our bow windows come with between three and six windows. Bow windows typically have a few windows that open and usually have casement windows, which, as luck has it, is up next!
Before we move on to casement windows, we should note that many homeowners think they have to replace the bow window including the frame. While that may be the case if the frame has damage or rot, it could be possible to simply replace the windows within the existing frame, which can save you hundreds of dollars. We can help you determine this on the phone or during your consultation — call any time 617-848-9610.
Casement windows have hinges on the side and open out to either side. They provide top-to-bottom ventilation in a similar way as an open door does. Casement windows have no rail which is similar to a picture window (see our note on those below). Although the majority of casements have a crank to open the side, some casements you can simply push open and pull closed. You might recognize a casement window from above most sinks you’ve seen as they are very popular in the kitchen!
Double Hung Windows
Double hung windows are the most popular style among homeowners these days. The top or bottom sash can both be raised or lowered and both windows typically tilt in for easy cleaning and maintenance of exterior glass. Our selection of double hung windows from Andersen, Harvey, and Pella are an excellent choice for virtually any room.
Single Hung Windows
With single hung windows, only the bottom sash can be raised, while the upper remains stationery. This makes the exterior of the window more difficult to clean. Many budget-conscious consumers tend to enjoy the great value of single hung windows as they come in at a lower price point than double hung. Not sure what a sash is? Check out our post on common window terms here.
Sliding Patio Doors
When is a window not a window? When it’s a door, of course! Most sliding patio doors have big windows hence their inclusion on our list. They are available with either the character of traditional french doors or with a more contemporary look. They have a smooth operation and a beautiful design, and since they open side to side (not outward) they don’t require the space that a hinged door would, so they can fit in tight areas. Check out our sliding glass patio doors from Pella, Harvey and our own brand.
Sliding windows open horizontally and provide a more contemporary look. These types of windows open with a sash sliding left to right, or right to left. Many people think it’s easier and faster to slide a window open versus operating it with a crank. Plus they look great in modern style homes. You can have a single slider where one sash opens or a double slider style where both sashes — you can see them here and they both let in lots of air and light.
Hinged Patio Doors
Many hinged patio doors also have big windows. Our wood swinging patio doors provide the look of traditional French doors and are available as inswing or outswing models with optional sidelights and transom windows. Hinged patio doors can have single or multi-pane options.
Picture windows are fixed and do not open. They are typically used in combination with other window styles. Picture windows are super popular and can add elegance to any room in your home. If you want an unobstructed view, this is the window choice, as it offers a picturesque view of the outside (hence the name). Picture windows are offered in wood, fiberglass, or vinyl. When customized with double paned glass, low-e coating and argon gas — which is standard on our site — they insulate great too.
As the name suggests, there are a variety of specialty window shapes and sizes. We like to say any window size or shape is possible. Most common shaped windows include radius or ‘arch’ windows which are rectangular around the bottom round or arched at the top. Round or circle windows are common too and can have grids or not. Most shaped windows are gorgeous to look at, and some of the world’s most impressive architecture feature this type of window. They can be operable (ie open and close) or not.
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