18 Common Window Types
Windows come in every shape and size imaginable, but there are a few standard styles that every homeowner should recognize. Here are 18 common window types that can be seen on homes across the country, of every style and generation. Many are windows that we at GeekSuite Exteriors deal with everyday. If you would like more information on a certain window, or are preparing to have your home windows updated, you can always contact us and a window expert will give you all the information you need!
1. Arched Windows
Arched Windows have a rounded top and are often installed above other windows that provide ventilation. Most Arched Windows do not open, and if they do, they tend to operate in the same manner as Casement Windows. If you are trying to get a sophisticated, vintage look in your home, an Arched Window is a perfect addition.
2. Awning Windows
Awning Windows typically open on a hinge situated at the top of the sash, using a crank handle. Thanks to the sashes outward angle, rain water is directed away from the window opening, so there is no need to worry about water entering your home.
3. Bay Windows
Bay Windows are actually a set of three windows that protrude from an exterior wall and create a small shelf or bench in the home. This style relies on flat windows set into an angled frame that are built out of the home. Usually consists of a center window, from which two side windows are angled at 30 to 40 degrees. The center window is typically a picture window while the surrounding windows operate.
4. Bow Windows
Bow Windows are an arc-shape window structure with at least 4 windows that are usually casement windows. Much like the Bay Window, the Bow Window curves away from the home, creating a more spacious feel. Their construction relies on custom curved windows that create a circular area along the outside of the home creating an elegant look and boosting curb appeal.
Casement windows swing out to the side or up to open. Each sash opens outward on a hinge on one side, using a crank handle. The window can open 90 degrees, allowing for maximum ventilation and a beautiful, unobstructed view.
6.Double Hung Windows
Double Hung Windows are one of the most common replacement windows that homeowners install. The Double Hung Window has an upper and a lower sash separated by a checkrail, and both open and close.
7. Egress Windows
Designed for safety more than anything else, the Egress Window's purpose is to provide an escape route when an emergency happens that would make the room's door unsafe to use. Egress Window's are typically installed in the basement of your home. Some counties require you to install an egress window in your home for safety laws. There are a few window types that can be installed as an Egress Window, the most common, however, is the Casement window because of its outward swing that creates a large opening. An egress window may require an area to be excavated in order to install properly
8. Garden Windows
Garden Windows are essentially mini Bay Windows that are meant for plants,
named because they act like tiny little greenhouses that protrude from the inside of your home. They are great for saving much coveted counter space while also insuring your prized house plants get as much sunlight as they need.
9. Glass Block Windows
Glass Block Windows are often considered accents and are added to a section of the home to bring in more natural light. They are usually frosted or decorated with a patterned design, providing plenty of sunlight without sacrificing privacy. This makes Glass Block Windows ideal for use in bathrooms, basements, and other private spaces.
10. Glider Windows
Also called Slider Windows, they do just as the name suggests, sliding horizontally on gliders. At least one sash operates, but often both of the window panes move. Some Glider Windows will slide directly on the window track while some slide on rollers inside the track.
11. Hopper Windows
Usually installed in a bathroom or basement, Hopper Windows open inward and downward on a hinge at the bottom, tipping forward from a sash lock. This angle helps prevent debris from falling into the home.
12. Jalousie Windows
A unique window style that splits into many different vent like slats of metal or glass. Jalousie Windows open like a set of blinds using a crank and the slats tilt upward, creating a series of gaps for air to flow through.
13. Picture Windows
The absolute best option to go with if you love the view outside is the Picture Window. One solid pane of glass that does not open or disrupt your view. They can be combined with other windows nicely, or have grids or decorations added to simulate other windows. Either way, you are sure to maximize natural light with a Picture Window.
14. Round Circle Windows
Round Circle Windows can be any shape: round, half round, elliptical, or oval- so long as it is round! This window is a nod to historical décor, such as Victorian or Gothic era structures. Perfect for updating your home without losing that historical charm.
15. Single Hung Windows
The most common of windows, the Single Hung Window can be found in the majority of homes today. While it looks much like the Double Hung Window with its two sashes, Single Hung Window's only have one sash that operates, normally the lower sash.
Skylights are essentially a window for the roof, and it installs similarly to a roof vent. Skylights are perfect for bringing natural light into the home when there are no convenient exterior walls, such as in an upper floor living space.
17. Storm Windows
If you live in an area with inclement weather, Storm Windows are a must. They are exterior windows that install in the same frame as windows already on your home. Storm Windows add another layer of protection against drafts and heat loss, and can make a massive difference in your home.
18. Transom Windows
Last, but certainly not least, Transom Windows are a decorative accent window type that help break up space or add a unique design focal point. They are usually installed above doors in upscale homes, or even above other windows in some instances, and can be made with decorative stained glass to really make a beautiful statement window. Typically, Transom Windows are a semicircle shape, but we are seeing them as square or rectangular more and more often.
And there you have it, 18 common window types that you can have in your home, and there are a million and one ways you can use them to make your house a beautiful home that always has the perfect lighting and no pesky drafts to ruin the atmosphere. Call GeekSuite Exteriors today to get started on your home transformation.