When you are looking for new home windows, there are tons of replacement options to fit any home style or budget. Each window type serves a different purpose and there is a wide selection to choose from. We compiled a list of different window styles and a little bit of information to help you decide which new home windows you would like to install in your home.
Types of Windows
Single Hung Windows
With single hung windows, the bottom window panel or lower sash move up and down, and the upper sash remains stationary. When you open the window, the bottom moves over the upper.
Double Hung Windows
A double-hung window is similar to a single hung window however both the lower sash as well as the upper sash can move up and down and usually tilt out for easy cleaning and maintenance in this common window type.
Casement windows swing out to the side or up to open. This allows the window to be constructed of solid glass and offers a less obstructed view overall. A casement window usually comes with one casement windowpane on the left and one on the right.
Arched windows have rounded tops that add an architectural design to any home. Most arched windows do not open or close and are often installed above standard windows that provide ventilation. Some arched windows can open the same way a casement window does.
Awning windows are ideal for climates with a lot of rain, thanks to the way the window creates a water-resistant awning when opened.
Bay windows protrude from an exterior wall and create a small shelf in the home. Bay windows rely on flat windows set into an angled frame that are built out of the home. A bay window costs more to install as it is a larger window that requires a skilled installer. This usually consists of a center window, from which two side windows are angled at 30 to 40 degrees.
Bow windows rely on custom curved windows that create a circular area along the outside of the home. Depending on the amount of window panels you want to use to create the curved bow window, a bow window can sometimes run more expensive than a full bay window.
Egress windows are designed for safety more than anything else. These types of windows provide an escape route when an emergency such as a fire, for example, prevents you from exiting through a door. Egress windows are typically installed in the basement of your home. Some areas require you to install an egress window in your home for safety laws. An egress window may require an area to be excavated in order to install properly.
Garden windows are essentially mini bay windows that are meant for plants. They’ve earned their name because they act like tiny little greenhouses that protrude from the inside of your home.
Glass Block Windows
Glass block windows are most often considered accents and added to a section of the home to increase light flow. Most commonly, glass block window types are frosted or adorned with a patterned design, which provides simultaneous light and privacy. They are ideal for use in bathrooms, basements, and other private spaces.
Hopper windows open from the top and usually crank open to tip down. They make efficient use of compact spaces, which is why they’re commonly found in basements or bathroom. They’re also known for providing excellent insulation, because they seal up against the frame when closed all the way.
Jalousie windows are a unique window style that splits into many different slats of metal or glass. The windows open like a set of blinds. Simply crank the lever and the slats tilt to the side, which creates a series of gaps for air to flow through.
Whether the view outside your home is a lush green backyard or a mountain range, the best way to fully enjoy your view is with beautiful large picture windows. Picture windows are fixed windows that cannot be opened. Picture windows are large window types that don’t have any breaks or visible frames, resulting in an unobstructed beautiful view.
Round Circle Windows
Round, half round, elliptical, or oval – the round circle windows category encompasses many different shapes that add architectural interest to your home. In particular, round windows give your space a nod to historical decor, such as Victorian or Gothic era structures.
If you want to add more natural light to your home but have limited options with your exterior walls, a skylight window is an excellent window style option. It’s essentially a window for your roof, and it installs similarly to a roof vent.
Sliding windows have two sections that are usually made from single windows, and one of the sections slides horizontally overtop of the other to open or close.
Storm windows are exterior windows that install right in the same frame as your current windows. Storm windows add another layer of blocking out drafts and heat loss perfect for when cold weather rolls in. Storm windows are also perfect for areas who often get inclement weather.
Transom windows are decorative accent window types that help break up space or add a unique design focal point. A transom window is the decorative windows that you see installed above doors in upscale homes, or even above other windows in some instances. They’re typically a semicircle shape, but they can be square or rectangular as well.
When you have a space that you want to fill and standard types of windows aren’t meeting your needs, you can go with a custom window instead. Custom windows are crafted from dimensions that you or a professional designs for your home.
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