Even if you are just window shopping, you should be aware of the many styles that are available. Buying new windows can be a very exciting experience, but unless you know exactly what you’re looking for you may be setting yourself up for irritation. Most modern homes come equipped with 1 of 10 different styles, but many tend to incorporate multiple types in them. Here is a brief rundown on what is out there. Take the time to assess your wants/needs. Never rush the window buying process, because they are after all going to be with you for a very long time.
A summary of window styles
- Single sash – These are very common, and chances are you have encountered them on many occasions. The lower part rises to let air in, while the top is fixed. Singles sashes are simple, cheap, and functional.
- Double hung sash – These windows are much like the singles, but both panes can move up and down. The panels are situated vertically for ease of installation and accessibility.
- Casements – Casement windows are vertical, but the pane is attached to a hinge that allows the window to open by turning a handle. This is a very popular alternative to single and double hung sash models in homes today.
- Awnings – Awning windows are very similar to casements, but instead of opening outward, the hinge allows the unit to rise vertically. The main benefit awnings provide is the ability to let air flow in while keeping debris and other outdoor elements out.
- Bay windows – If you are a fan of elegance, a bay window is probably right for you. These windows are very large and are constructed in an arc shape and consist of multiple panes. Oftentimes, they are not meant to open. The panes of glass are very large, which is ideal for maximizing the amount of light that can be let into the room. In addition, the base is very large, which means you can decorate them with ornaments.
- Bow windows – Bow windows are essentially an upgraded bay window. They have more panes of glass and generally exhibit a greater degree of curvature. Think of the popular turret that is common with Victorian era homes.
- Jalousie – These windows will typically not be found in most residential homes. They are slotted and the panes will open like blinds. The window is divided into thin sections that are positioned at an angle above each other.
- Palladian – Found in homes with grand architecture, these windows consist of a large center panel with two smaller panels on either side. The glass is often covered with a lot of criss-crossing wood work.
- Sliding sash – Sliding sashes are basically horizontally sliding single sash windows. One pane will slide back and forth within in the frame.
- Fixed – Fixed windows do not open. Their purpose is for allowing light in; there are many different styles of fixed windows available.