The Different Types of Replacement Windows Explained: A Useful Guide

types of replacement windows

Maybe you’re tired of your old windows, possibly it’s time for them to be replaced, or perhaps you’re moving into a new home and want to upgrade your windows. No matter the reason, picking out window replacements can be a little overwhelming.  There are a lot of different types of replacement windows out there today. When you have so many options you’ll be able to give your home a unique look. Below we’ll review some of the more common replacement windows.

AwWindows Styles Casementning and Casement Windows

Awning and casement windows both use a crank mechanism to open.

Awning windows have a top-hinge and open from the bottom. Casement windows have the hinge on the side of the window making them open to the left or the right. The hinge makes it so the windows tilt outward when they’re open.

They’re perfect if you live somewhere that gets a lot of rain as it helps prevent the rain from entering your home.

Awning windows look better in rooms where the width of the opening is greater than the height of the opening. Casement windows work better when the opening is higher than it is wide.

Awning and casement windows work better higher up on walls as they stick outward. They can get in the way if there is regular foot traffic where the windows open.

Bay and Bow Windows

Bay and bow windows are angled windows that protrude outward from your home. This can give your home extra space as it creates a small shelf. Moreover, the angling of the windows allows more light to be reflected in your room.

Bow windows have around four to six window panes. Bay windows are typically a combination of three window panes. Some bay windows can slide open to allow for more ventilation into the room.

Generally, you’ll see these styles of windows in larger rooms (e.g. living rooms).

Hopper Windows

Windows Styles HopperUnlike awning and casement windows, the hopper window has the hinge on the bottom of the window. This allows the window to tip down (or open inward) when it’s opened. As with awning and casement windows, the tilting of the window helps prevent rain from entering your home.

Generally, you’ll see this window style in basements and bathrooms.

Jalousie Windows

Jalousie windows (aka louvered windows) are made up of glass slats with metal clips. When opening and closing these windows they act similar to Venetian blinds as the slats will tilt to create airflow.

They’re better suited in areas that have a warmer and/or tropical climate. The way the windows open make it difficult for water to enter your home.

Picture Windows

Picture windows (aka custom shape windows) are large, making them perfect for viewing scenery and getting lots of light into your home. However, they don’t open so you won’t get airflow through these windows.

Single-Hung and Double-Hung Windows

double hung window

Single-hung and double-hung are the most common and traditional styles of windows. Moreover, they look practically identical.

A single-hung window can only move the lower window panel (aka sash), you can’t move the upper sash up and down. Once the window is opened, the upper panel is covered.

When it comes to double-hung windows, both the upper and lower sashes can move. You may even be able to rotate the sashes inward, making it easier to clean both sides of the windows.

No matter which style you choose they’re both easy to clean and operate. Double-hung windows are perfect for homes with multiple floors as they make it easier to clean the exterior of the windows.

Double-hung windows have the added advantage of having better ventilation. You can have air flowing in through the top and bottom of the windows.

Sliding Windows

Sliding windows (aka gliding windows) typically have one fixed and one moving sash. However, you can get some with two moving sashes.

One of the windows will slide horizontally over the other window when they’re opened or closed. This function allows for more air to enter and exit your home making them great for ventilating your home.

As they open horizontally, they’re better suited for openings that are wider than they are tall.

Storm Windows

Storm WindowsStorm windows are attached to the exterior of your home. There is a small space between the storm window and your actual window. This space offers better insulation for your home, making it easier to keep the heat in.

Moreover, they’re great at preventing drafts as they reduce how much air can flow in and out of your home.

If you live in an area where there is inclement weather regularly, storm windows may be right for you.

Glass Block Windows

Glass block windows are used to increase the light in your home, they’re more of an accent window. Typically, glass block windows are frosted or have some form of a pattern on them which offers a layer of privacy.

Glass block windows are made from thick, break-resistant glass and are fixed. Some have a built-in vent or offer an opening for a dryer vent hose.

Skylight Windows

Skylight windows are windows you install on your roof. They offer more light into your home during the day. They’re perfect if you don’t have many options when it comes to your exterior walls.

So Many Types of Replacement Windows

Above we’ve listed the more common types of replacement windows. If these don’t tickle your fancy, there are still more window types out there for you to explore! For example, transom, projection, egress, and garden windows are additional options.

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