Choosing the Right Window Style and Type for Your Home

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It’s hard to imagine a home without windows. They provide natural light, warmth, ventilation and can help define the style of your home. Before purchasing windows, learn about some of your options and how they suit your needs.

Double hung –Window that has two sashes (i.e. panels) that slide up and down and can open from either the top or the bottom. Most manufacturers make these windows so the sashes tilt for easy cleaning without having to go outside.

Single hung — A double-hung window in which the top sash is fixed and does not slide up and down, so the upper sash must be cleaned from the outside.

Casement — Out-swinging window that open to the outside.

Picture — Large window that cannot be opened. Think of it as a frame of sorts for a picture of the outdoors.

Louver — Window with narrow, horizontal strips of glass that typically use a crank for opening.

Fixed — Window that cannot be opened and whose function is limited to allowing light to enter.

Skylight — A window in the roof that bathes a room with natural light.

Bay and Bow — Combination of windows that protrude away from the home and provide more space.

Once you’ve determined the style of window you want in your home, you’ll then need to determine the type of window you’d like to have. Windows are typically manufactured in wood, vinyl, fiberglass and aluminum.

Wood — The most common choice for windows because of the way they complement traditional architecture and also because wood offers infinite finishing possibilities via painting or staining.

Vinyl — These types of windows are a great choice for homeowners that want something low maintenance. Vinyl window are very durable, energy efficient and are virtually maintenance-free.

Fiberglass — Like vinyl windows, fiberglass windows are very durable, energy efficient and virtually maintenance-free. What makes these windows very attractive for homeowners is that unlike vinyl windows (which come in a limited number of colors), fiberglass windows are paintable and therefore provide an abundance of color options.

Aluminum — For homeowners with a more modern aesthetic, aluminum windows provide the slim, minimalist profile they prefer because they maximize views. These type of windows and strong and durable to boot.

Once you’ve determined the style and type of window you want in your home, your next decision will be to select window treatments that fit your personal style and reflect your home’s era.

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