Do you know the different types of replacement windows available for your home?
It’s okay if you don’t. A lot of people, especially first-time homeowners, are not really educated on the different types of windows and the terminology.
If you are shopping for replacement windows and want to educate yourself on the different types of windows, we’ve written this post to help you learn.
Types of windows for your home
- Arched windows
- Awning windows
- Bay windows
- Bow windows
- Casement windows
- Double hung windows
- Egress windows
- Garden windows
- Glass block windows
- Hopper windows
- Picture windows
- Skylight windows
- Single hung windows
- Sliding windows
- Transom windows
The arched window is a classic window type that goes back to Roman architecture.
In recent decades it has made a comeback in residential homes.
It adds visual appeal to homes and in a very practical sense, allows more light into a room.
An awning window has a hinge opening rather than a slide mechanism like most windows.
Awning windows and hopper windows make beautiful and unique additions to any room of a home.
Their design allows air and sunlight to come in while keeping rain out. Cleaning awning windows is easy.
Basements and bathrooms are ideal spaces for awning and hopper replacement windows.
Bay windows have been a popular choice for homes in Chicagoland for more than a century.
Bay windows physically expand the interior space to the outside of the home. They create an illusion of a room being larger and allow much more light into a room.
Adding one bay window to a room can help enhance its space and its beauty all at the same time. It adds value and appeal to your home and is a window you will enjoy for years to come.
Bow windows are the popular cousin to the classic bay window.
They give you more interior space, extending out from the interior space of the home.
Bow windows add value to your home and allow more light into the interior.
Related: What is the Difference Between a Bow and a Bay Window?
A casement window is attached to its frame by one or more hinges. Casement windows will be hinged at the side.
They can be placed in homes either singly or in pairs within a common frame. Ones in a common frame are hinged on the outside.
Casement windows add a contemporary look to any room with their folding, sleek hardware. Effortless operation and smooth gliding hardware make this deluxe window model into a true high-performance product.
Double hung windows
Double hung windows are the most traditional style of window design and the most common types of windows used in homes today.
Since both sashes on the double hung windows are able to tilt in, they are very easy to clean from the inside or out.
With a double hung window, you can open the bottom and top of the window at the same time, allowing cool air to enter the bottom and hot air to escape out of the top, making them very efficient at ventilating a room and home.
An egress window is a window that is large enough to be used as an entry or exit point in case of a home emergency.
These are sometimes also called escape windows and are usually required by local building codes in newer homes with finished basements.
Egress windows are often combined with window wells, and sometimes local codes may require and escape ladder for the well if it is below a certain depth.
Related: Benefits of windows with Low E Glass
Garden windows are a type of window that expands your home into the outside with a greenhouse type exterior space.
They are popular not only because they create more space and allow in extra light, but they are perfect for house plants and herb gardens.
Garden window may also have side vents to provide increased ventilation and cooling.
They add a unique architectural feature to your home that looks great both on the inside and out.
Glass block windows
Glass block windows are constructed from a series of thick, energy efficient blocks of glass that let in light in while blurring the view from the outdoors.
They provide privacy while still illuminating a room with natural light and are often used in home bathrooms or sometimes basements (where allowed by building codes).
If you have a view you don’t mind is obscured or don’t want people outside looking in a window, they are a good choice.
Hopper windows are hinged windows similar to awning windows yet in reverse. Hopper windows are hinged at the bottom of the window and open up from the top falling into the inside of the home.
They are a popular choice for basements and were popular above doors in old homes, especially during the Victorian era.
Hopper windows provide excellent ventilation for a room. They are good for areas with minimal wall space because they allow you to make use of the full frame for opening and closing. Today you may still find them above doors but also in basements, bathrooms and other small rooms.
A picture window is a large stationary window that will give you the best view of the outdoors while letting in the maximum amount of light.
Because picture windows typically don’t open, they offer excellent levels of insulation and energy efficiency. There aren’t any seams or gaps for air to flow in through.
They are reasonably priced for a large window because they don’t have all the moving parts that other windows have.
A picture window will provide you a great view, sunlight, energy efficiency and add value to your home.
Related: Benefits of energy efficient windows
Skylights windows are windows that are placed on the roof of a building to provide sunlight into a room.
They are less common today than they once were but will provide a unique look to your home interior.
If your skylight can be opened, it will allow heat to escape your home during the warmer months of the year.
Skylight windows will require some regular maintenance to make sure they don’t let in any elements from the outdoors into your home.
Single hung windows
Single hung windows are a common sash type of window that opens vertically. They have fixed upper sash and a sliding lower sash mounted into a set of slides at either side. The bottom half of the window moves freely up and down to open or close the lower half of the window.
They are very common in both new and old homes and were considered the “standard” window type for houses. The main difference between single hung windows and the now popular double-hung window is that on single hung windows, only the bottom half of the window is movable.
Sliding windows are a type of window that has at least one operating window that slides horizontally over or past the other window. You move one section of the window to the left or the right to create an opening. They have built-in tracks designed for smooth operation for the windows to slide on.
Sliding windows are a good choice for rooms that don’t have tall ceilings because they make the room seem taller than it is.
Their simple design makes sliding windows long-lasting because they have little hardware, so it is rare for them to wear out over time, even with heavy use.
A transom window is a rectangular, angled or fan-shaped horizontal accent window above placed above a window or a door.
The biggest benefit of a transom window is that it helps bring more light into a room, especially during times of the day when the sun is high in the sky.
They also make a great decorative element to a home and add architectural interest to your house.
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