New windows look great and provide your home with upgraded energy efficiency. Window frames can be made of wood, vinyl, aluminum, or composite material. Color choices and glazing options abound. But for a starting point, here are some window styles to consider:
An awning window opens out and downward, usually on hinges at the top. Awning windows are often used in place of traditional casement windows because they take up less space when open and provide more ventilation. They are also easier to open and close than casement windows because there is no crank or lever to operate.
Bay windows protrude outward from the wall of a building, forming a recess in the exterior wall. They typically are a triangular or “L” shape and are often used to provide extra space in a room or to let in more natural light. Bay windows can be either fixed or operable, usually made of wood, vinyl, or fiberglass.
Like bays, a bow window projects out from the wall of a structure. It typically has a semicircular or curved shape and, like a bay, is often used to add space and light. Bow windows are popular because they provide an attractive way to increase the natural light in a space as well as adding visual interest.
Casement windows are hinged on one side, typically the side that opens. This allows them to be opened like a door, providing better airflow and ventilation into the room. Casement windows are often used in bedrooms and bathrooms because they can be opened to let in fresh air without taking up much space.
A single-hung window has a lower, movable sash and an upper, fixed sash. Double-hung windows have two movable sashes, one above the other, that slide up and down to open and close. Unlike one-direction single-hung windows, double-hung windows have sashes that can move independently. Single- and double-hung windows are popular because they provide air circulation and good views.
A transom is a window placed high on a wall, often above a door. They are narrow and typically just tall enough to admit light and are often used in combination with other windows. Transom windows can be used to provide ventilation or to admit light but keep out wind and rain.
Sliding windows can be opened and closed by sliding horizontally along the tracks on which they slide. They can provide an unobstructed view while keeping the weather out. They are also easier to open and close than other types of windows, making them a popular choice for homeowners.