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Common Types of Windows

With a wide variety of window styles to choose from, you might feel overwhelmed by the selection. Consider five common types of replacement windows and their unique advantages to help you decide what’s best for your home.

Double Hung Windows

Considered the single most common window on the market, double hung windows are usually vertically oriented with an upper and lower sash that slide up and down for ventilation purposes. Because they have such a long architectural history, double hung windows work well in homes of various styles, from Cape Cod houses and colonials to majestic Victorian mansions and humble bungalows. Contemporary double hung windows are easy to clean because the sashes tilt inward, eliminating the need to climb a ladder to reach the exterior of second-story windows.

Sliding Windows

Available in either two- or three-panel configurations, sliding windows feature one fixed pane and one or two movable panes. The biggest benefit of this window type is that it’s more horizontally oriented for great panoramic views of the exterior. The movable panes are easy to slide over and pop out of their frame for easy cleaning. They also offer particularly low maintenance because of the lack of moving parts needed to operate the window.

Casement Windows

This style of window cranks outward, with hinges set on the left or right, to let a great breeze enter. The fact that the window can only be opened from the inside using a crank makes casement windows one of the best styles for home security. Their ease of operation makes them a particularly good window style for over kitchen sinks. Just make sure there’s clearance on the exterior for the window to pivot outward.

Awning Windows

Like casement windows set on their side, awning windows also pivot outward, but the hinges are located on the top. They also tend to be horizontally oriented rather than vertical. Awning windows are often installed near the ceiling in walk-in closets and bathrooms to flood the room with natural light and allow for ventilation while still preserving privacy. You can even keep awning windows open while it’s sprinkling outside without fear of water entering.

Specialty Picture Window

Sometimes you want to let a little extra light enter, even if you don’t require ventilation. Specialty window shapes give your home a particular uniqueness that makes it stand out from the crowd. Foyers, stair landings and living rooms with vaulted ceilings are all ideal places to install specialty shaped picture windows.

Don’t forget other less common windows as well, including single hung windows, hopper windows, glass block windows and bay windows. Even with an idea of what types of windows are out there, you still need to make the all-important decision of which ones to install in your newly built or renovated home. For help ensuring you make the right choice for your needs, please contact Weather Shield directly or find a dealer near you. We can provide tips and a quote for your upcoming window replacement project.