Window Style 101

Friday, October 18, 2019

Today, we will be discussing the different types of windows available, as far as style goes.

Window style is not only a reflection of your personal style but can improve the curb appeal of your home. Choosing the right window style can affect the overall feel of your home, inside and out. If you think most replacement windows are the same, think again. Do you want your windows to open and close easily? Prefer easy cleaning and maintenance? Want to know how to best block air and wind? Window styles have everything to do with answering these questions.

Before we delve deeper, let’s start with Window Style 101. Understanding differences between the basic styles is actually much simpler than you may realize.

Single Hung vs Double Hung

Single Hung (Right), Double Hung (Left)

On double hung windows, both sashes in the window frame are operable or move up and down. On single hung windows, the top sash is fixed in place and does not move, but the bottom sash is operable. Sometimes, a single hung also offers a unique option to incorporate a geo shape option into the top sash.

Casement Windows

Casement Windows (Crank Opening)

Casement Windows are attached to one side of the frame with a hinge and open by swinging the sash out from the window. In general, casement windows open with a crank and feature a fold-away nesting handle as well as a multi-point locking system.

Slider Windows

Slider Window

slider window is typically composed of two operable sashes that open and close horizontally on a track. It’s a good window style choice when the width of your opening is longer than its height.

Picture Window

Picture Window (Center)

Picture windows are sometimes referred to as fixed windows. They are a non-operable window that is designed to fill large spaces in a wall. They provide an expansive view and are an excellent choice if you want to let in more light and increase the curb appeal of your home.

Awning Window

Awning windows are hinged at the top and swing outward from the bottom. They glide open and shut with the turn of one easy-to-reach handle. Awning windows are often placed above or below other windows to add architectural interest and light.

Air and Wind Resistance

When it comes to resisting air infiltration, the picture window is extremely energy efficient since it is fixed within the open space. Ultimately, if you want an operable window that is the best for air infiltration, nothing beats a casement window. A casement window offers the tightest possible seal against outside air because it has a detailed locking mechanism securing it to the frame in three places.

When you’re considering the energy-efficient qualities double hung windows, casements and sliders, be sure to:

  • Look for the NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council)  label on a window, which provides information on how a window performs.
  • Compare product performance – the two most referenced energy ratings on an NFRC label are U-factor and Solar Heat Gain
  • Look for the ENERGY STAR® label – the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have developed this designation, which varies by climate, for products meeting certain energy performance criteria.