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Types of Windows

Are you having trouble choosing the correct types of windows for your home? Read this handy guide to selecting windows.

There are many reasons why people decide to change their windows.  Usually it is to make a home more thermally efficient, thus saving money on heating bills.  Or maybe they want to install something more modern looking to improve the style of their home.  Whatever the case, new windows are always a great additional to any home, usually increasing your property value.

Main Advantages of New Windows

  • Replacing single glazed windows for new double or even triple glazed ones can substantially reduce energy bills and noise pollution.
  • There are many different types of windows to choose from.  People can choose different styles of window to suit their property, inside and out.  They can also select different types of window opening mechanisms to suit the way they live.
  • There are many options regarding insulation properties for windows to help reduce your energy bills.  There are even quadruple glazed now! Also a majority of new windows have special E glass coatings applied.  This is a microscopically thin, transparent coating designed to reflect radiation back into your room.

Types of windows

Different Types of Home Windows

Casement Windows

Casement windows open via a hinge that is attached to its frame.  The hinges can either be left or right side of the frame.  You may assume windows that are hinged at the top and bottom are also could casement windows.  However ones that are hinged at the top are referred to as awning windows, whilst ones hinged at the bottom are called hoppers.

Double-Hung Windows

Double hung windows has two sliding windows in one frame.  Each window can slider vertically, independent of one another.  These type of windows stay within the frame and do not protrude out.  Single-hung window are similar, but only the bottom part of the window operates while the top part remains stationary.

Awning Windows

An awning window is hinged at the top, then open outward.  Usually they are installed above, below or alongside a stationary or operating window.  They are ideal for people who sometimes open there windows during rainy weather.  These windows can be opened without the risk of water entering the house, therefore providing good ventilation.

Picture Window

A picture windows are fantastic if you have a great outside view to show off.  They are basically large stationary windows that fill a whole frame.  They allow the maximum amount of light into a house, thus creating a fantastic outside view.

Transom Window

Transom windows are usually mounted above a door in order to increase the amount of light entering a room.  Having more ambient light entering a home creates a better atmosphere.  Placing these windows in a high location means you can make use osed for the purpose of bringing in more ambient light. As the light of day begins to fade away, rooms with transom windows may get those last beams of sun coming through from the space above the door or window at day’s end.

Slider Windows

Gliding along a track, sliding windows have at least one operating window that slides horizontally over or past the other window. They are most often used in modern- or contemporary-style houses.

Stationary Windows

These windows do not open, but they can be customized in nearly any angle or shape you desire. They are often found in modern- or contemporary-style houses in conjunction with operating windows.

Bay or Bow Windows

Generally, bay or bow windows give you more interior space, as they protrude out from the exterior of the siding of the house. They are a combination of windows often with a stationary window in the middle flanked by either double-hung windows or casements.

Roof Windows

Roof windows are an outward opening window that is part of the roof design.  They are typically seen in loft conversions, such as in the image below.  They are great because they let in lots of light, and fresh air once opened.  Then can also be easily cleaned inside and out, as they rotate around an axis.   Velux are probably one of the leading manufacturers when it comes to roof windows.  They also sell different types such as balcony Velux windows, which is a roof window and balcony combined.  If you want to read more about Velux roof windows and conversions, click here.


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