One of the most important features of any home is the windows.
Since windows allow natural light into your home’s interior and provide views to the outside, each window must be tight, secure, and fully insulating. It is also important for windows to be appealing from an aesthetic standpoint.
Fortunately, today’s latest window designs offer a range of different stylistic options.
If you are looking for a new style of window, you should consider the size of your room and the style and age of your home. Certain styles are better suited to either small or large homes. Likewise, some windows are more appropriate for homes built in a particular era. Consider these factors as you read about the following types of window styles.
1. Casement Windows
Unlike the more conventional window styles that feature lifting or sliding sashes, casement windows consist of one or two vertical-column sashes that open like doors. A casement window hinges to the frame on one side and opens inward along the other side, extending to about 90 degrees when fully open. Casement windows are convenient for homeowners who enjoy a natural breeze through their home.
In terms of design, casement windows range from above-ground to wall-length. Casement frames come in a variety of colors and materials. This style is common on modern homes, especially those situated in the countryside.
One of the most appealing features of the casement window is its ease of use. A casement window is easier to open than a single- or double-hung window because there is no lifting required. Casement windows open easily with virtually no physical exertion through the use of cranks.
Casement windows are also convenient for dining rooms, kitchens, and bedrooms. The style can especially be appropriate for walls that face the backyard of a house, as they are typically more difficult to open from the outside and can therefore complement the security of your home.
2. Arched Windows
The arched window is a decorative style characterized by a rounded top and a flat bottom. Arched windows are typically situated above conventional square- and column-shaped window sets, such as single-hung windows. The primary purpose of an arched window is to enhance the natural light inside a home’s living quarters.
Stylistically, arched windows provide an old-world charm that especially suits luxury homes and country estates. From an outside perspective, arched windows enhance the look and appeal of a home’s façade. Arched windows are an ideal choice if you want to add more sunlight into your living areas. The style works on all floors and is especially suited for rooms with high ceilings.
Due to their shape, conventional arched windows are fixed windows, meaning that they do not open and are primarily designed for aesthetic purposes. However, there are certain window assemblies where an arched upper sash attaches to a hinged, vertical window column that can open like a casement window.
As a decorative style, arched windows usually feature grids. On some designs, the grids are vertical and horizontal. On other designs, the grids are placed at angles that divide the half-circle into pie slices. Arched windows that attach to casement panes will often feature a rounded inner-grid that connects the middle-grids on the two underlying vertical panes.
3. Single-Hung Windows
The single-hung window is one the most basic window designs and it’s commonly seen in homes throughout the U.S. The design consists of two square-shaped horizontal sashes. To open a single-hung window, you lift the bottom sash vertically from the inside to full or partial suspension, whichever you prefer, in front of the stationary upper sash.
Single-hung windows are common in living rooms, kitchens and bedrooms. With its simple design and practical function, the single-hung window is convenient in most living quarters because it can be sealed shut for maximum insulation and open when necessary for ventilation.
These windows offer moderate ventilation during the summer months in homes and buildings situated in reasonable climates. In hotter climates where air conditioners are necessary, a raised single-hung can offer the perfect opening because the unit can be braced down between the window ledge and the open, lower sash. For added ventilation, a single-hung window can be paired with an awning overhead.
Single-hung windows are made with numerous design variations. Some single-hung windows feature grids that divide one or both panes into four, six, eight or nine panels. The frames are usually made of wood, acrylic, or fiberglass material.
4. Double-Hung Windows
The double-hung window is another design commonly featured in homes throughout the U.S., though its functions are more elaborate than the single-hung. The double-hung design features two square-shaped horizontal sashes which both open. The bottom sash opens the same way as a single-hung, rising in front of the upper sash on the inside. The upper sash, meanwhile, can be lowered, partially or in full, in front of the lower sash on the outside.
Double-hung windows are common in living rooms and are also suitable for kitchens and bedrooms. When closed, the double-hung window offers tight insulation that can keep your living quarters warm in the wintertime. In the summer months, the double-opening option allows for ample ventilation. Double-hung windows are sometimes seen on homes in suburban neighborhoods, though the design is not as commonplace as the single-hung.
Double-hung windows come in a variety of styles, materials and colors. Grids are optional. Some homeowners prefer the maximum light of clear panes while others like the look of grids. Double-hung frames can be made of wood, acrylic, or fiberglass material.
Double-hung windows provide sufficient ventilation during the summer months. However, the style can also work in more extreme climates. As with single-hung, a double-hung window can be paired with an awning overhead.
5. Bay Windows
The bay window is a three-sided window that protrudes from a wall like a hexagon that has been cut in half. Bay windows usually consist of a central pane that runs parallel to the wall between two angled panes, which connect the wall to the central pane on each side. While the center pane is stationary, the side panes can be churned open to 45-degree outward angles. Each assembly also contains a top and bottom to seal in the structure.
Bay windows are usually adorned with grids that divide each pane into four, six or eight panels. Due to the protruding exterior setup, bay windows add extra space to interior living quarters. The bottom of the pane serves as a countertop that can be used for plants, antiques or fixtures. The ceiling of a bay window can be affixed with lights.
For the style to work on a given property, there must be enough clearance outside the designated spot for an incoming bay window. This window design is suited to many different styles of homes, including country abodes and seaside cottages.
6. Bay vs. Bow Windows
A variant of the bay window is the bow window, which consists of four or five protruding panes instead of three. If a bow window has four panes, all four are slightly angled. If five panes are present, the center pane is parallel to the wall. Each of the side panes can be churned open at 45-degree angles. Key differences between bay and bow windows include the following:
- Bay windows protrude farther.
- Bow windows are wider.
- Bow windows bring in more natural light.
Today, both bay and bow windows are considered equally ideal for modern, vintage and classic homes.
7. Round Windows
The round window is a decorative style that, as the name implies, forms a full circle. Round windows are usually placed on high walls and top floors, just under the roof’s peak. The purpose of round windows is twofold: to optimize the natural light within an interior space and to enhance the appearance of a home from the outside.
Round windows suit a range of styles, from classic to contemporary. The style was used centuries ago in Gothic architecture and can also be seen in contemporary interiors. As such, round windows work on country homes and modern houses alike. As with other decorative types of windows, a round window can enhance the appearance of a home in the eyes of potential buyers.
Due to their shape, round windows typically don’t open — although some designs allow for hinges or tracks so they can. Round windows are often intended for aesthetic and lighting purposes. The style is most suitable on the higher reaches of a wall, such as above a door or a conventional sliding or hung window. However, some of today’s more adventurous homeowners have purchased round windows for their bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens.
Round windows are made both with and without grids, usually in a vertical/horizontal pattern. There are several variations to the round-window design, including the half-circle, the quarter-circle and the elliptical-shaped window. Half-circle windows, which are usually placed above doors and conventional window sets, often feature fan-shaped grids.
8. Hopper Windows
Hopper windows feature one of the simplest designs of all window types. The hopper window consists of a single square or rectangular sash that is hinged at the bottom. When open, the hopper tilts inward from the top.
Hopper windows offer additional light in spacious interiors. While not generally intended as primary windows for living rooms or bedrooms, hoppers can serve as supplements when placed above single- and double-hung windows in living rooms, kitchens and bedrooms. As a standalone, the hopper window is an ideal choice for bathrooms because you can crack it open for fresh air and still have the foggy pane to block out views from the outside.
When placed above a regular window, a hopper window can provide added circulation. If an open hopper is situated above another open window, the combined openings will usually stimulate the air circulation in a room. Hopper windows also work as natural light and ventilation supplements above the front doors of living rooms. In this capacity, hopper windows are sometimes seen on neighborhood homes as well as luxury apartments and condominiums.
Due to their small size and top-opening design, hopper windows are common features in basements and crawl spaces. With a hopper window, you can circulate air through the underlying dark spaces of your home without exposing those areas to inflows of dirt and debris. Hopper windows seal tight into their frames, providing maximum insulation when shut.
9. Sliding Windows
The sliding window is one of the most conventional types of windows on the market. With its simple design, the sliding window is a common feature in bedrooms, kitchens, and bathrooms in homes, apartments, and condominiums throughout the U.S.
Sliding windows generally consist of two vertical sashes. The pane on the right slides open from the inside, sliding horizontally in front of the stationary left pane. While most sliding windows consist of vertical columns, there are some designs that feature short and wide horizontal panes.
Sliding windows are popular because they are easy to use and practical in most interior settings. Anyone can open a sliding window with minimal physical exertion. In the daytime, sliding windows provide sufficient natural light whether the sliding pane is open or closed. The panes of sliding windows are usually grid-free.
Frames are made of wood, acrylic, fiberglass, and sometimes metal. If combined with a strong framing material, a sliding window can seal out wind drafts when fully shut. Alternately, a sliding window can help ventilate a home during warmer months.
Many homeowners prefer sliding windows to single- and double-hung designs because there is no lifting involved — one side simply slides in front of the other.
10. Custom Windows
Despite the many different window designs available on today’s market, a lot of homeowners have unique needs and ideas that fall outside any of the preexisting styles. For these customers, some of the better window replacement companies, like Homespire Windows and Doors, offer the option of custom windows.
When it comes to customized windows, the range of possibilities is virtually limitless. If, for example, you wish to have a window that spans the dimensions of your bedroom wall, you could have this idea brought to fruition. Wall, or picture, windows are sometimes seen on seaside homes and penthouse suites.
You could also opt for windows in shapes like diamonds, pentagons and hexagons. Much like the hopper and arched windows, a design in one of these shapes would work perfectly over a more conventional sliding or hung window. Alternately, you might wish to add a thin window along the side vertical length of your living room door. This too would primarily serve as an additional light source and a decorative feature, but it could enhance the uniqueness of your home.
In contrast to larger unique shapes, you might wish to have one or more tiny windows installed in your home. These small windows might consist of round or square panes placed above or along the sides of your main windows or front door. You could even have windows customized for your interior doors and walls.
Homespire Windows and Doors Can Help You Decide
As you have just read, there are many options to choose from. The good news is the consultants at Homespire Windows and Doors are specifically trained to help you make the right decisions for your situation.
During your free, in-home window analysis, your consultant will examine all of your windows and provide the best recommendation for your wants, needs, and budget. They will help you pick out the styles that best fit your home, all while showing you why you can’t beat the quality of Homespire windows.
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