When you think of your home, you only think about the furniture, the kitchen, bedrooms and even the roof. But you might be forgetting about one crucial feature – windows. Windows bring a significant amount of light into your space as well as overlooks beautiful views outside of your home. When we factor in the aesthetics and function of the windows, there’s even more to consider. Thinking about the different types of windows can help elevate your home.
Whether you’re replacing or buying new windows, discover everything you need to know about the best window types in your home.
How many types of windows are there?
There are many window types for you to choose from for your home – as many as 18 different types! These include:
- Bay windows
- Bow windows
- Storm windows
- Sliding windows
- Picture windows
- Arched windows
- Awning windows
- Egress windows
- Garden windows
- Hopper windows
- Jalousie windows
- Skylight windows
- Transom windows
- Casement windows
- Glass block windows
- Single hung windows
- Double hung windows
- Round circle windows
Install the best window types for your home
Casement windows, bay & bow windows, sash windows, and tilt & turn windows are all popular with homeowners. We supply and install these windows at the highest quality for those wanting to get the best light and aesthetic for their space.
Casement windows typically include a hand crank at the bottom that needs to be turned in order to swing open. Since the entire window opens, casement windows can offer excellent ventilation. They can be installed in high or otherwise challenging-to-reach places because the crank is typically simple to handle with one hand at arm’s length.
Traditional Georgian, Edwardian, and Victorian homes often have sash windows. Sash windows don’t hinge open. Instead, a sash window is made up of two sash windows that glide forward and backwards in vertical grooves (or side to side) that are counterbalanced by lead weights on cords. You can open a sliding sash from the top, bottom, or both. They don’t often swing outward, however, more recent designs tilt in and out for cleaning.
Bay & bow windows
Bay windows are made up of multiple angled window panels that stick outwards, past your house walls. Bay windows, which are typically seen in kitchens, can offer expansive views that flat windows cannot. The angled side windows can be opened, providing good great ventilation.
Similarly, bow windows are made up of multiple angled windows that also stick outwards. The difference is that bow windows have more windows with more glass which bring in more light than bay windows. The curved appearance provides a beautiful, elegant look to your home with windows that are the same size to give off a symmetrical appearance.
Tilt & turn windows
Due to their great weatherproofing and security features, tilt and turn windows have long been a preferred option for homeowners. These windows are particularly useful and adaptable since they have a hinge mechanism that allows them to be opened in two different ways. The top of tilt-and-turn windows can be slanted into the room to provide a smaller opening for ventilation, or they can be tilted from the bottom to open entirely like a casement window (inward). No one can squeeze through the gap, therefore the tilted entrance also has the added benefit of increased security and safety.