Window Types

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When shopping for replacement windows, it’s important to consider your budget, your home’s style, and how you want the windows to perform. Some other things to think about when selecting the window types for your home are ventilation, privacy, security, and maintenance level.

There are many different types of replacement windows to choose from:

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Window Styles To Choose From

There are numerous factors to consider while choosing windows. When there are so many different window styles to choose from, it can be difficult to tell them apart. Consider this a guide to figuring out what windows are and how to choose them for your home. Learn about some of the most common window styles and how they differ from one another.  More windows bring in more light, but if you’re on a budget or don’t have enough wall space in your living room, white window frames can help a room appear brighter.

A modern, contemporary style is achieved with oversized windows and smooth glass. It’s all about proving that less is more in contemporary window design. Use large windows with huge panes of glass to broaden your view without sacrificing the energy efficiency that Pella windows are known for. Contemporary style and design are constantly evolving, which means contemporary design elements are easy to blend with many other design styles. Modern, contemporary style is all about balancing boldness and simplicity to bring a sense of openness to your home. Help create this feeling with large picture windows that bring the outside in. Contemporary style homes are highly fashionable now, and Mid-century design still feels new because of its simplicity. Complete your window with oil-rubbed bronze hardware, which is available as an option on our Architect Series items for a real Mid-century modern aesthetic.

Double hung Windows

Double-Hung Windows

The Double Hung Window is a charming, traditional kind of window that can complement almost any property. Double Hung Windows have two functioning sashes that travel up and down, providing for ventilation on the top, bottom, or both sides of the window.

Double Hung Windows are perfect for patios and walkways since they are easy to clean from inside your home and stay flush with the wall. Because of their usefulness, double hung windows are more attractive than other types of windows and can provide a higher return on investment in terms of increased property value.

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Single-Hung Windows

A single hung window is a typical sash (the component of a window that moves and holds the glass panes together) operable window that opens without requiring either interior or outside space. In recent home construction and condominium buildings, a single hung window is often the conventional window type. This window type is suitable for the majority of rooms in a house. The bottom panel, or sash, of a single hung window moves vertically while the upper sash remains immovable. When the bottom sash is opened, it partially blocks the upper sash. Single-hung windows are one of the most cost-effective window kinds, making them one of the most popular in residences. A single hung window is also energy efficient because it only has one movable sash, which means there is less chance of air penetration.

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Bay Windows

Bay Windows

Bay Windows are created by combining three or more windows so that they angle out beyond the house wall. Typically, a Bay Window consists of a large fixed picture window in the middle, with two operable window styles on the side. The side styles can vary but typically casement or double-hung windows styles are placed in combination with the fixed picture window to allow ventilation.

This style of window creates a ledge or shelf on the interior of you home. You can do exciting things with this extra space created by bay windows within your interior of your house. Convenient for trinkets, books, and pictures, cushions can also be added to create a bench or seat. More windows means even more of a view of your yard or neighborhood.

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Bow Windows

A Bow Window is a window structure in the shape of an arc with at least four casement windows. They have all of the advantages of Bay Windows, including extra room, a variety of uses, excellent lighting, a greater view, and enhanced property value.

Bow Windows are perfect for exterior walls or corners with a width of 80 inches or more. They’re a versatile option because they come with four or more fixed or vented windows, allowing you to create a unique combination that suits your style and property.

Bow Windows consist of multiple panes of functioning windows, flooding your home with light and air ventilation.

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Bow Windows
Casement Windows

Casement Windows

A casement window is similar to a door in that it swings open. This type of window has a side hinge. Kitchens and other areas in the house benefit from casement windows because they provide good ventilation. A casement window, unlike a single-hung window, does not have a central rail to obscure the view outside. Casement windows can be used on their own or as part of a larger installation that includes picture (non-opening) windows. A casement window is appropriate for areas of the home where reaching a window sash to raise it is difficult. Many people have casement windows installed above their kitchen sinks. Casement windows are frequently regarded as one of the most energy-efficient window kinds available. When a casement window is closed, the sash forms an airtight seal against the frame, making it difficult for air to escape.

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Gliding Windows

Horizontal Sliding Windows, sometimes known as sliding windows, have panels that slide side to side, similar to a horizontal sliding door. The sash slides open to the left or right, which is ideal for meeting egress needs in bedrooms. For contemporary and modern homes, horizontal sliding windows are a popular option. The width of a horizontal sliding window is usually more than the height. A horizontal Sliding Window with this functionality is suitable for large openings and vast views. Because it presents a bigger landscape view, a huge sliding window, for example, can provide a more unobstructed perspective of the outdoors. Because horizontal sliding windows are often larger in size, they also give a lot of air ventilation. Some individuals prefer a horizontal sliding window versus a crank-style window because it is easier to open and close. Horizontal sliders are also a great choice for rooms that front patios, pathways, porches, or other high-traffic areas because they open and close without protruding.

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Picture Windows

Picture Windows

For wider openings, picture windows, also known as fixed windows, are often employed. Picture Windows eliminate the need for an open window, allowing homeowners to enjoy continuous, broad vistas. A picture window lets in more light into a home because of its larger size. Because Picture Windows do not have any mechanical parts, they normally require minimal maintenance. Picture windows are an excellent choice for framing outside views from living rooms, dining rooms, and master bedrooms, and are typically an integral aspect of architectural design if ventilation is not an issue. A Picture Window comes in a variety of sizes and shapes. Architectural picture windows are a term used by several manufacturers to describe these sorts of picture windows.

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Awning Windows

A project-out window (also known as an awning window) is a top-hinged outward-opening window. Awning Windows, like an awning, provide protection for the window opening. Awning Windows may provide ventilation even in the rainiest of conditions thanks to this feature. Awning Windows are ideal for practically any kind of home and are typically used in bathrooms to create privacy with opaque or textured glass. Most portions of a house that require an operable window can benefit from Awning Windows. An awning window can be positioned higher on a wall than most openable windows, even over furniture or benches, while still providing access to operate the window. Awning windows are a useful choice for kitchens and bathrooms because of this characteristic.

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Garden Windows

A Garden Window is a type of window that extends from the house into the yard. Because of the amount of light it allows inside the residence, this window design is also known as Garden Bay Windows or Greenhouse Windows. It is commonly used for indoor plants or herbs.

A Garden Window provides the ideal location for potted plants. It is a viable spot due to the shelf created by the window style and the amount of light that is allowed in through the 4 panes of glass. There are plenty of other ways to beautify your new Garden Window space if plants are not your style. Arrange knick-knacks, collectibles, or memories on a garden window to individualize and remodel your space at any time.

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Pass-Through Windows

There are many benefits from Pass-Through Window access. These windows are carved out of the walls of adjoining rooms. These windows were originally intended to assist maids, butlers, and servers in delivering food to other rooms.

Many people nowadays use these windows. They make it easy to distribute food trays both indoors and outdoors. It allows drinks and snacks to be moved from the kitchen to the dining room or living room without the need for the cook to waste time or energy wrestling with trays. People can also return and bus used plates and glasses to the sink without having to travel a longer distance. Many homeowners build access points between the indoor kitchen bar and the outdoor barbeque area by using pass-through windows.

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Circle Top Windows

Circle Top Windows

While a  conventional rectangle is frequently used by most builders and homeowners, a circular top window sticks out and offers your property a distinctive appearance.

The half-circle design of Circle Top Windows allows more natural light to enter. These windows, which are generally utilized in conjunction with rectangular-shaped windows, are believed to boost the beauty of the property while offering a sense of sophistication.

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Egress Windows

Basements and sleeping rooms below the fourth story of a house must have at least one “emergency escape and rescue opening,” according to the International Building Code (IRC). This could be a skylight or patio door, but more often than not it is an Egress Window. Egress Windows must be large enough for you to escape as well as for emergency personnel to enter.

Not only do Egress Windows provide an escape route, but these windows eliminate the “dungeon feeling” that many, if not most, basements have. Even finished basements can have stale air and rely heavily on artificial lighting. With Egress Windows, you can reclaim your basement space with natural light!

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Specialty Windows

Specialty Windows

Unique shapes and operating types are available for Specialty Windows, which can add charm and character to your home. To make a visual statement, combine them with regular windows or feature them alone.

Specialty Windows are a perfect way to draw attention to a specific design function or architectural feature of a house. Although rectangular or square windows are the most common, combining a standard shape with a specialty shape may create a unique look.

A specialty style window will add interest and character to the exterior of your house. It will attract attention to a specific area of your home and provide illumination to areas that would otherwise be dark with a normal window size.

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