Are you getting ready to replace windows in your Florida home? There are plenty of decisions you have to make in order to choose the right products, but the one aspect you’re probably most interested in is: what should they look like?

It’s no secret that there are many different window styles available but choosing the right one can be a complicated and overwhelming process. That’s why our window replacement experts at Storm Tight Windows of FL decided to compile a list of some of the most popular window options out there and talk about the main pros and cons of each. 

In this article, we’ll be focusing on: 

  • Awning Windows
  • Bay/Bow Windows
  • Casement Windows
  • Double-Hung Windows
  • Garden Windows
  • Picture Windows
  • Slider Windows 

Let’s dive in!

Awning Windows

Awning windows are typically smaller windows that have hinges at the top, allowing them to swing outward and be propped open. They create a tent-like shape—much like an awning—that will keep rain and dust out of your home while still letting you enjoy the fresh air on a nice day. 

These windows can be installed anywhere throughout your home on their own or in combination with other larger windows. 

The advantages:

  • Protects From the Elements When Open
  • Offers More Privacy Than Many Other Windows
  • Easy to Operate, Clean, and Maintain
  • Provides Better Security Against Intruders

The (potential) setbacks:

  • Smaller That Most Windows
  • Only Partially Opens
  • Not the Best for Efficient Ventilation
  • Mechanical Cranks Can Break Easily 

Bay & Bow Windows

Bay and bow windows are both actually combinations of multiple windows that create a large unit that creates a natural outward curve. These styles are both great for larger common spaces in your home like living rooms, dining rooms, and kitchens. 

The difference between the two? Bay windows are typically made from one large, fixed window that sits between two smaller unfixed ones while boy windows usually consist of four or five unfixed windows of the same size.

The advantages:

  • Great Natural Light & Views
  • More Interior Square Footage
  • Enhanced Curb Appeal and Interior Design

The (potential) setbacks:

  • More Expensive
  • Labor-Intensive Installation
  • More Prone to Drafts and Heat Loss 

Casement Windows

Due to their versatility and modern style, casement windows are one of the most popular options on the market. These windows are hinged on the side and open outward a full 90 degrees. Since they are so simple in their appearance, they are perfect for any room, including bedrooms and bathrooms. 

The advantages:

  • Modern Aesthetic
  • Opens Fully to Catch Cross Breezes
  • Tight Seals to Keep Out Drafts
  • Secure Against Intruders

The (potential) setbacks:

  • Window Pane Can Break Off in High Winds
  • Mechanical Cranks Can Break Easily
  • Do Not Qualify as Egress Windows for Basements

Double-Hung Windows

The most common window style available are double-hung windows. These windows are built with two sashes that open and close on vertical tracks. Double-hung windows will look good in any room, giving you the freedom to customize your space. 

The advantages:

  • Sashes Open Independently of One Another
  • Easy Cleaning and Maintenance
  • Controlled Air Flow
  • Wide Selection on the Market

The (potential) setbacks:

  • Easier Access for Intruders
  • Potential Child Hazard When Mounted Low 

Garden Windows

Whether you love plants or simply want more space to decorate, garden windows are the way to go. These windows are basically glass boxes that provide space for plants, herbs, decorations, and anything in between. While you can install them anywhere, they are most commonly seen in kitchens.

The advantages:

  • Sunlight from Every Angle
  • More Shelf Space
  • Enhanced Home Value
  • Fairly Easy Installation

The (potential) setbacks:

  • Less Protection Against Solar Heat Gain
  • More Prone to Structural Issues When Installed Incorrectly 

Picture Windows

Picture windows are fixed windows that are typically installed in common spaces in homes to provide great views and natural light. 

The advantages:

  • Extremely Energy Efficient
  • Uninterrupted Views
  • Great Natural Light
  • Modern Style
  • More Affordable

The (potential) setbacks:

  • Cannot Open or Close
  • Can Create Too Much Energy Gain

Sliding Windows

Slider windows are ideal for hard-to-reach spaces throughout your home as they are easy to operate with one hand. These types of windows are typically smaller on average and—much like awning windows—can be installed on their own or with other larger windows.

The advantages:

  • Very Durable
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to Operate
  • Secure Against Intruders

The (potential) setbacks:

  • Smaller Than the Average Window
  • Require Frequent Cleaning
  • Limited Shapes and Sizes

Ready to Learn More? Get in Touch with Our Florida Window Company Today

If you’re ready to install durable and stylish windows throughout your Florida home, Storm Tight Windows of Florida is the team to call. Our local window company has been handling all types of window replacement projects since 2010, giving us over a decade of experience improving Florida homes. 

Our team makes our own windows and are the only manufacturer in the United States that has earned TDI & Miami-Dade certifications for their impact grade. And while we’re focused on keeping you safe with durable storm windows, we offer a variety of custom window opening styles to ensure your home looks great, too. 

Give us a call or use our online form to get started on your window installation project with a free appointment and estimate!