Types of Windows

Windows are a significant asset in your home—they welcome views of the outdoors while guarding against extreme heat or cold. Your windows also help define the style of your house, whether it is traditional or modern. If you’re in the market to start shopping for windows, take time to research and ask questions about the different types of windows  before buying or replacing them.

The Most Popular House Window Types and Styles 

Most people are familiar with these three basic types of windows :

  • Double-hung windows
  • Casement windows
  • Sliding windows

double-hung-windows-omniDouble-hung Windows

A double-hung window is the most popular house window type . With these types of windows, the lower inside sash slides up and an upper outside sash slides down, improving air circulation. Full screens are ideal with double-hung windows.  Some double-hung windows have been tested to keep out cold air or water. That’s important if you live in a chilly, windy area (like Wisconsin).  On a single-hung window, only the bottom part of the window operates while the top part remains stationary.

Pros:

  • Many styles, colors, and materials to choose from
  • Low cost
  • Energy efficient
  • Low maintenance

Cons:

  • Often leaks air without good weather-stripping
  • Hardware maintenance

Casement Windows

A casement window operates by a turn of a crank. Casements pivot from one side or the other just like a door. When fully open, casements allow good ventilation and easy cleaning. They’re usually more airtight than double-hung because the sash locks against the frame to close.

Pros:

  • Increased ventilation
  • Closes tightly to prevent energy loss
  • Unobtrusive hardware
  • Easy maintenance

Cons:

  • More expensive
  • Size limitations

Sliding Windows

Sliding windows move back and forth. They are built with two sections that are usually made from single windows. One of the sections slides horizontally over top of the other to open or close. Depending on your lighting and ventilation needs, sliding windows could be a superior option for your home or business. They give you an unobstructed view, are easy to operate and are energy efficient.

Pros:

  • Easy to open and shut
  • Easy to clean
  • Trouble-free – no maintenance such as painting and the aluminum doesn’t warp.

Cons:

  • Limited styles
  • Cost more than other styles

Other Window Types and Styles 

Other windows you can add to your home include:

  • Awning windows, which hinge at the top and swing open from the bottom for ventilation and protection from the weather.
  • Bay or bow windows curve or angle to give your home a unique style.
  • Skylights are installed in the roof to bring natural light to interior rooms.
  • Egress windows are installed in basements to increase natural light and provide a safe exit in case of fire or other emergency.
  • Storm windows are installed over house windows to provide more protection from wind and cold.
  • Tilt and turn windows can open like a door or tilt open from the top for added ventilation.

Stop in Today

Whether you just started looking at types of windows  or have been researching for months, Omni is here to help make the clear choice that’s right for you! At Omni, we can customize nearly any window to suit your tastes and needs.

It’s time to start shopping so you can enjoy the benefits of new windows! Visit our residential showroom today to talk with our team or call 920-233-3333 to schedule a free consultation.

For more tips on shopping for windows, read our blog about what to look for when buying replacement windows.

 







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