Nov 28

2013

What Are the Different Types of House Windows?


House WindowsHomeowners have several types of windows that they might choose when remodeling their homes. Before you start your remodeling project, learn about some of these window types. Doing so should help you choose options that match your unique sense of style.

Casement Windows

Casement windows have one or more hinges attached to the side of the frame. These windows often come in pairs so that each one can open in a different direction. Many of the windows have cranks or levers that one must turn to open them. This system prevents the windows from slamming shut when a strong breeze comes through the opening.

Awning Windows

Awning windows are essentially the same as casement windows. The major difference is that awning windows have hinges located at the top instead of on the side.

Hopper Windows

Hopper windows are another version of casement windows. Hopper windows, however, have hinges located at the bottom rather than the top or side.

Double-Hung Windows

Double-hung windows have two sashes that can slide up or down the frame. These are extremely useful for people who want to leave windows open without creating significant security risks. By lowering the top sash, homeowners can enjoy cool breezes while making it difficult for trespassers to crawl through the opening.

Many of today’s double-hung windows have hinges that let owners clean the panes easily. Once unlatched, the panes can fold into the home, where it is simple to clean the outside area without using a ladder.

Bay Windows

Instead of lining up with the wall, bay windows jut outwards. This adds an interesting aesthetic element to the home’s interior and exterior designs.

Many people use bay windows as sitting areas. By installing a bench along the window, they can look out of the window comfortably. Those with benches may also have storage spaces located under the seat. Still, some people prefer bay windows that stretch uninterrupted from the floor to the ceiling.

Picture Windows

Picture windows do not have hinges. Instead, they remain closed at all times.

Some people prefer tall picture windows that let them see outside easily. This is especially common in houses surrounded by woods or other beautiful environments.

In some cases, picture windows can dominate entire walls. This gives the people inside an open view of the outside.

Transom Windows

Transom windows are horizontal windows usually located above a door or larger window. Transom windows let small amounts of light into rooms. They can also help circulate air through a single room or a house.

While some transom windows are built into the wall, making it impossible to open them, others have hinges that let the windows open. Hinged transom windows are most commonly found inside a house, such as above a bedroom door.

Now that you know more about different types of house windows, you can choose an option that appeals to you. Which types do you think would look good in your home?

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One Response to What Are the Different Types of House Windows?

  1. Marlene Mangeart says:

    I’d never heard of picture windows before I read this article but they sound beautiful! We live in the country and have a great backyard view – I think a picture window would look great in the living room. Thanks Clera. I’m going to go check out prices now!

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