Window Styles and Trends: An Insider’s View

Aug 09, 2011 No Comments by

When it comes to choosing window styles, it’s important to consider not only aesthetic appeal, but also ease of operation and cleaning, as well as ventilation control and privacy issues. While a preliminary decision may be predicated on the overall architectural style of your home and visual attractiveness, functionality also needs to be considered. Here is a sampling of what type of window styles are out there:

Single Hung versus Double Hung: The moving part of any window is referred to as a sash.  Single Hung Windows only have one sash, while Double Hung Windows have two moving sashes. While they are aesthetically similar, Double Hung Windows are easier to clean and provide more controllable ventilation. Single Hung Windows, however are less costly.

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Slider Windows: These types of windows look and operate like Double Hung Windows only they are installed sideways.

Casement Windows: These windows have one sash which usually opens outward via a crank or slide mechanism. While they are easy to clean, these windows are more expensive because of their moveable parts. Casement Windows are well-suited to hard to reach places like behind sinks and appliances in the kitchen. It is important to make sure, however, that the crank mechanism is working well to avoid the possibility of break-ins.

Awning or Hopper Windows: Awning windows operate in essentially the same way as casement windows with a crank or slide mechanism, but they are connected at the top of the window jam or sill. Hopper windows are connected at the bottom. These two window styles allow sunlight and gentle breezes to enter the home and are great for bedrooms because they also ensure privacy. Their only drawback is because of the positioning of their screens, dust may find its way onto your floor.

Transom Windows: Transom Windows are similar to Awning Windows in that they are installed above Casement or Double-Hung Windows. However, these windows are fixed into the window’s frame as either single or separate units. Transom Windows are often found above doors or windows, close to ceilings. The main advantage of these types of windows is that they ensure privacy, while allowing natural sunlight in.

Bay/Bow Windows: A Bay Window protrudes from the wall of a home outward and consists of a main middle window and two smaller windows on each side. These types of windows usually operate like Casement of Double Hung Windows. Bow Windows are similar to Bay Windows, however, they usually come in more than three sections.

Jalousies: These types of windows are composed of glass slats that are fitted to metal frames. Jalousies operate by opening and closing like shutters. Many homeowners prefer them because they offer control of ventilation and the capability of keeping rain out. Another name for Jalousies is Louver Windows.

With so many options, it may take a lot of research and the assistance of an experienced designer and/or contractor to narrow down your window style choices. You’ll also have to consider the window trends in your region and even your neighborhood, as these are in a constant state of flux depending on what’s in vogue at the time of your purchase. Regardless, your choices will certainly go a long way toward defining your own individual style, as well as the character of your home.

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