Are you in the process of remodeling or building a home?
There are many aspects and features of a home to decide on when making changes or creating a vision. One of those features that you must decide on is the type of windows you want to have installed.
There are several types of windows to choose from, and they all look amazing on houses, but style, convenience, and function might all play into the decision-making process. Before you decide on what types of windows to install on your house, you should take the time to look into all of the different options you have.
Below is my guide on several different window types to choose from. Continue reading below to get an understanding of the different types and decide which type will work best for your home!
Here’s what you need to know.
1. Casement Windows
Most traditional homes have casement windows. These windows were once standard but lost their popularity over time. Now, casement windows have made their way back into homes and offer a single pane of glass.
To open casement windows, you use a crank located on either side of the window. After cranking the window open, the window will either open horizontally or vertically. The way it opens just depends on the type of casement window you have.
It’s important to keep in mind that these types of windows provide a tight seal for your home. Because of this, casement windows work well in extremely hot or cold climates as they help keep the hot and cold air out.
2. Hurricane Windows
Hurricane windows are ideal for those living in hurricane-prone areas. Hurricane windows are made more durable than other types of windows to ensure durability even during the harshest weather conditions.
Window installers will come out to your home and install your hurricane windows for you. These types of windows are made with break and shatter-resistant glass. The other great thing about these windows is that they also provide home security and an energy-efficient solution.
Because they’re made to resist shattering and breaking, they provide an amazing seal between your home and the outdoors and if someone tries to break into your home by breaking a window, they’ll be surprised to learn that the window is shatter and break-resistant.
3. Slider Windows
Slider windows open and close by moving back and forth horizontally on a track. The only mechanical parts on these windows are the seals and the locks on the windows. The locks are generally placed on the side of the window, which connects the window to the frame.
In most cases, there will be two locks on one side of a window. When you press down on both locks at the same time, you unlock the window from the frame and can then slide it horizontally to open it.
Once opened, you’re given a wide range of views and plenty of ventilation. When you want to close the window, slide it back, and wait until you hear the locks click back into place.
4. Double Hung/Single Hung Windows
Double-hung windows open in two different ways. They can open from both the top and the bottom. These windows provide excellent ventilation because of this.
It’s also easier to clean them because of this. You should keep in mind, however, that double-hung windows are more prone to leaking.
Single-hung windows have two separate frames like the double-hung window, but only the bottom portion of single-hung windows opens. They do fit well with many home styles, but you won’t get as much air ventilation with them.
5. Picture Windows
Picture windows are windows that don’t actually open. Because of this unique feature, they’re best installed in places where air ventilation isn’t needed.
If you have a large wall with a lot of open space, then you can install a picture window in it. A picture window will help bring in a large amount of natural light, which is ideal for any room or home.
They’re also great options for those looking to increase their views of the front or backyard. Because these windows don’t open, you also don’t have to worry about air leaking from them.
6. Awning Windows
Awning windows work wonderfully in bathrooms and kitchens. They also use a crank to open just like the casement windows. When opening the window, it’ll open outwards, which is why it’s best to install these windows in areas where you won’t have to worry about knocking into someone when opening them.
It’s also best to have them installed higher up on walls than other window types and provide excellent ventilation.
7. Arched Windows
Arched windows normally don’t open either, but provide plenty of views and natural light. They come with an arch at the top of the design and are a great way to add character to any home.
In some cases, you can have them installed over a window that does open and that can provide you with ventilation. Some rare arched windows can open, however, with the use of a crank.
Which Types of Windows Do You Prefer?
If you’re planning on installing new windows on your house, then it’s best to discover all of the different window types to choose from. Keep this list handy and consider which types of windows would work best for your home.
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