Windows serve two main functions: they let in natural light and they allow for a breeze to flow into a room. But besides those two technical functions, window design can also complement and enhance the style of a home both inside and out. Every house has different windows of different sizes and different styles that fit within the architectural design of the house. Whether it’s traditional or modern, your windows can be customized to fit nearly any taste or style. So, what happens when the look and feel of your windows simply doesn’t match with your style anymore? It’s time to invest in some replacement windows.
The key to making an informed decision about the types of replacement windows that should go in your home starts with both your personal style and the style of your home. To help, our window experts have provided a list of replacement window types that will make it easier for you to pick the best windows for your home.
Types of Replacement Windows
Single Hung and Double Hung Windows – These windows slide up or down. Double hung windows can open from the top and bottom, while single hung windows can only open from the bottom. When opened, they slide up or down, remaining inside the frame keeping them from protruding to the exterior or interior of the house. These are a more traditional styled window and are commonly found in bedrooms and kitchens.
Casement Windows – Hinged on the left or right, these windows open outward through the use of a turn crank. Depending on the style of the home, these windows can be designed with or without grids. A more modern casement window is styled without grids, there would be a fullness of light in the room. While a more traditional casement window is designed with grids to create more texture to the look and feel of the house.
Awning Windows – Hinged at the top, awning windows open outward to let in air from the area in which they are installed. Perfect for rooms that receive a good cross breeze, these replacement windows will keep a perfect flow of fresh air circulating throughout your home.
Picture Windows – Just like their name alludes, these windows are picture perfect at setting the scene. They usually come in a variety of sizes ranging from medium to large and are stationary windows. The purpose of picture windows is to let in the maximum amount of light available and to create an obstruction free view of the outdoors. Perfect for living rooms with a view that the whole family can enjoy.
Transom Windows – Usually mounted above a door or window, transom windows are intended to let in more light. They are narrow in shape and come in both operating and stationary forms depending on their intended purpose. For instance, if you simply want to add on to an existing window fixture to let in more air and light, then you’d want to install a transom window in the newly created area.
Slider Windows – Another traditional window found in almost every home, the slider window is your typical no frills window. Opening from one side and gliding along a track, to open one side over the other. Usually found in modern or contemporary styled homes, these are typically the types of windows installed in bedrooms and kitchens.
Bay Windows – Generally, these windows create more interior space as they are designed to protrude from the home’s exterior. This gives both your house and your room a unique shape and creates a large space for natural light to enter. Typically, bay windows are a combination of stationary and either double-hung or casement windows on either side. Usually found in traditional styled homes, bay or bow windows are a more dated style of replacement windows.
Replacement Window Experts
Keep in mind that it’s common for homeowners and designers to mix and match window types that complement one another. Not every room is going to need the same type of window, so choosing a couple different types that you’d like in your home will make it easier to choose which window goes where.
Still need help deciding? Ask one of our window installation experts for help! We’ve seen houses and windows of all shapes and sizes so we can help you pick the style that’s the perfect fit for the style you’re looking for. You may also want to check out some of our previous window projects to see how transformational replacement windows can be for any and every room in the house.