Eden Window Types

Windows / 01.27.2015

Understanding Different Window Types

Which windows are right for you?  It all starts with understanding the nine basic window types, as well as their advantages and disadvantages. Even though there are so many possibilities when it comes to windows, you really only need to choose from among the nine basic styles:

1) Casement Windows

Casement windows have a side hinge and may use a crank to swing the window outward. These are very common types of windows because they offer good ventilation and are very flexible. Casement windows can be used alone or as part of a bay window.

Modern casement designs seal tight, allowing for good energy efficiency. As well, most casement windows are hard to break and can blend in well with a variety of architectural styles. All you need to do is make sure that there is enough clearance outside to allow the window to open fully.

2) Double-Hung Windows

Double-hung windows have two sashes that move up and down. Both sashes can move, giving you flexibility to open the window either very wide or just a crack. This style is very flexible because no glass hangs out over the window pane. You can install this type of window in most rooms of the home and there are many sizes and styles to choose from.

3) Single-Hung Windows

Single-hung windows have two sashes. The bottom one can move up and down to open and close the window, while the top one stays fixed. These windows are becoming popular again and are very popular in older homes.

Modern single-hung windows are more energy efficient and are a good choice for most rooms. Unlike other styles, there is usually no need to worry about clearance. These can be installed over decks, roofs, patios, and walkways.

4) Bay and Bow Windows

Bay windows are three or more windows that are grouped together to extend out past the house. The 3-D structure creates additional space and allows in a great deal of light. Bay windows can completely transform a room and a home. They can provide more of a view and can even be used to set up a reading nook inside the house. Bay windows can also allow for ventilation if they are flanked by single hung or casement windows.

Bow windows are essentially bay windows that have a curve to them. They can be used to create a softer look to a home and can look especially attractive on homes that have some curved design elements. Both bay and bow windows can work well in kitchens, bedrooms, and living rooms. Since they do take up space outdoors, it is important that there is clearance for them.

5) Awning Windows

This style uses butt or friction hinges at the top edge of the window, allowing the window to swing open from the bottom edge. Most styles open about 45 degrees. These windows are usually small and one of the advantages is that they can be left open in the rain since they open with the pane slanted downwards.

Awning windows come in all types of styles and sizes. Smaller styles can work as basement windows or even near the roof to allow for ventilation. You will need to make sure that wherever they are installed there is enough clearance outside to allow them to open.

6) Sliding Windows

Sliding windows are very similar to sliding doors – the panes slide side to side so that you can either open or close the window. Many sliding windows have one pane that is stationary and one that can be moved.

This type of window is very popular, especially since it is easy to install screens with this style. In addition, this type of window makes it easy to get out of the house in the event of an emergency – as long as the window is large enough for you to fit through.

7) Fixed Windows

As their name suggests, fixed windows are fixed in place and cannot be opened. Fixed windows come in a variety of styles and can even be customized so that they are a specific shape. In many cases, large windows are fixed windows because there is no practical way to open very large windows.

If there is a room in your home where you will not want to open the window but do want to let in lots of light, fixed windows can be a good solution. Fixed windows can also be a good solution for any room where you want maximum security and energy-savings; fixed windows are completely sealed so they will not let in the elements.

8) Garden Windows

Garden windows look a little like bay windows – they extend outside. However, they have an inside shelf and in some cases are enclosed with vents for ventilation. As their name suggests, these windows are ideal for gardening.

Garden windows can look great in a kitchen, bedroom, or living room. They add a focal point for a room and allow in plenty of light. They do require adequate outdoor space and good light if they will be used for gardening.

9) Tilt and Turn Windows

These windows can be opened downwards and out or outward from the side like a casement window. Usually, a handle lets you determine how the window will swing open. These windows have traditionally been very popular in Asia and Europe for their energy-efficiency and versatility and are now becoming popular in North America.

This style is a good choice if you want lots of options. You can open the window wide to let in lots of air or just open it a crack. Since it opens inwards, it’s easy to install a screen and you don’t have to worry about the window swinging into anything outside.

Every window purchase is different. If you are having a hard time choosing the right options for you or want a professional opinion, you can always contact us at Eden Windows & Doors to find out which windows might be right for your project.

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