5 Most Common Types Of Windows

There are many benefits associated with a window replacement project, not only do new windows increase your home’s appeal, you can select from various styles to increase the amount of natural light that enters your home or even increase the amount of fresh air. Different window styles offer different benefits that will match your individual needs.

Before you choose the types of windows for your replacement, it is important to know the details of each of the window options available.

To help you with your decision, we have outlined the details for the 5 most common window types below:

Awning Windows

Awning windows are hinged at the top and open outwards from the bottom allowing fresh air to enter your home from either sides of the window or from underneath. Awning windows are a great option when you do not have much space around the outside of your window as they do not need a large radius to operate. They are also known for having a great seal when locked shut, providing the added benefit of increased energy efficiency.

Picture Windows

Picture windows or fixed windows do not open. They provide unobstructed views of the outside as there are no screens or other parts of the window in the way. Picture windows are also known as the most energy efficient window style because they are sealed tight from the factory. However, because picture windows are not able to open, you are not able to enjoy fresh air. This is why picture windows are often coupled with a casement or sliding window on one or both sides.

Single Hung Windows

Single hung windows have been used for many years and are still a very common window style. They are made with one movable sash on the lower half and a fixed sash on the upper half, and open vertically. Unlike picture windows, single hung windows are commonly used in rooms that require natural ventilation. Another plus is that they are less expensive than some of the other styles on this list, but they do take some extra work to clean, as you can’t reach the outside of the window from within your home.

Double Hung Windows

Double hung windows are a more modern version of single hung windows, their primary difference is that both sashes are operable, allowing you to open the window from either the top or the bottom. Double hung windows offer plenty of airflow and allow for easier cleaning and maintenance, no ladders needed to clean the outside as both sashes slide. Double hung windows are commonly used for window replacement projects as they are extremely convenient and versatile.

Casement windows

Casement windows are similar to awning windows as they are both hinged and open outward. The main difference in the two window styles is that casement windows are hinged on the sides and will open outwardly to the right or the left. A major benefit of casement windows is that they allow for great airflow, plenty of natural light and still offer fairly unobstructed views. Their locking mechanisms also allow for an airtight seal, making these window styles extremely energy efficient.

The above are just 5 of the more popular window styles available for you to choose from for your next window replacement project. Before making your final decision on your next window styles, we suggest speaking with a professional windows and doors contractor to offer their opinion on what replacement windows best meet your needs and match your home’s design.