Windows for homes can come in a variety of shapes, styles, and colors.
A single home may have all matching windows but most likely it has a few different types of windows.
Windows in different rooms will not serve the same purpose and so you will find more than one style to suit the needs of each room.
In this post, we review the most popular types of windows for homes to help educate you and get you started on the window replacement process.
Types of Windows for Homes
- Single Hung Windows
- Double Hung Windows
- Bay Windows
- Bow Windows
- Picture Windows
- Casement Windows
- Sliding Windows
- Garden Windows
- Awning Windows
- Basement Windows
Related: When Should You Get Replacement Windows?
Single Hung Windows
In single-hung windows, only the bottom window panel moves up and down.
The upper panel (or sash) is stationary.
This means that when you open the window, the upper panel is covered on the inside.
Double Hung Windows
Double-hung windows are the most traditional style of window design.
The double-hung window is very similar to the single hung window style, but the difference is that both the lower sash and the upper sash can move up and down.
Since both sashes on the double-hung windows are able to tilt in, they are very easy to clean from the inside or out.
Learn more about double hung window features
A bay window is a window space projecting outward from the main walls of a building and forming a bay in a room.
It consists of a picture window with two other windows, usually smaller, on either side in angled projections.
Bay replacement windows are an excellent option for large window areas of a home.
They are a great way of expanding the inside out and making a room appear larger.
Bow windows have a curved outward area along the outside of the home. This window style is usually a bit more expensive than it’s similar bay window type counterpart.
Bow windows are very similar to bay windows, and are easy to confuse with them.
A bow window typically has four or five outward window panels, as opposed to the three on a bay window.
Related: What is the Difference Between a Bow and a Bay Window?
A picture window is a single large window often consisting of a single pane of glass.
It will be a simple square or rectangular shape that typically does not open.
This type of large window lets in a lot of light and will really brighten a room.
It often will become a focal point for a room.
Learn more about picture windows
Casement windows are windows that are attached to the frame by one or more hinges on the side.
They are often installed in either single windows or in pairs within a common frame.
They add a contemporary look to any room with their folding, sleek hardware.
Their effortless operation and smooth gliding hardware make this deluxe window model into a truly high-performance product.
Learn more about casement windows
Sliding windows are windows that open sideways, with one panel sliding over the other.
Sliding windows are used in openings that are wider than they are tall.
Slider windows are very easy to operate and can be fashioned in many different sizes and style configurations.
Learn more about sliding windows
A garden window is a type of window that has projects from the exterior of a home.
It also provides display space in the window area. Many people use them for house plants and herb gardens.
A common location they are placed in the home is in front of the sink area.
A garden window lets more light into the home and helps expand a room outward.
Learn more about garden windows
Awning windows are windows that are hinged on the top and swing outward.
The outward opening allows for ventilation while keeping out rain.
In addition, it makes for an easy cleaning window while creating a functional and useful opening.
They are often placed higher on walls for privacy or in combination with large stationary windows for a better view.
Learn more about awning windows
Basement windows are often also referred to as escape windows.
Basement window styles will typically be awning windows, hopper windows or slider windows.
They allow for light and airflow in the basement while also offering a quick window release for a person to escape from the inside if necessary.
Learn more about basement windows
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