Your Guide to Different Types of Replacement Windows

From double hung and picture to bay and bow windows, there are many types of replacement windows to choose from. Each one brings a unique look and feel to your home, lending its own blend of aesthetics, convenience and functionality. Not sure which ones to choose? Take a look at this guide to types of replacement windows.

Double Hung Windows

These are the most popular and can be found in a variety of homes. They have tilt-in sashes that are easy to clean and simple to use. You can raise or lower the top or bottom sash to achieve the desired amount of sunlight and air.

Single Hung Windows

While they appear the same as double-hung windows, single hung windows have a fixed top sash, with only the bottom portion being operable. They are often cheaper than their double hung counterparts.

Sliding Windows

These open horizontally, not vertically like double hung. They are great for rooms that are tight on space or where you don’t have a lot of leverage to easily open up a window. That’s why you’ll often see them above kitchen sinks or over a washing machine and dryer. Wider than they are tall, sliders provide an unobstructed view and ample airflow.

Casement or Awning Windows

Operated via a hand crank, these are both the same window, except one is installed vertically (swinging outward from the house) or horizontally (opening upward from the bottom). They’re common in rainy or windy climates to give more control over air flow and weather infiltration.

Picture Windows

These are fixed windows, meaning they do not open. But they have expansive areas of glass for optimal viewing of the outdoors. Because they don’t open, they more secure and safe than other types. Use these windows in areas of your home where you have limited access, such as vaulted ceilings or recessed walls.

Picture windows are often combined with other window styles to result in unique configurations designed to add character to a room. For example, you could have a picture window in the middle with casements or double-hungs on the sides.

Bay or Bow Windows

Many people confuse the two, but they actually have distinguishing characteristics. Bay windows have one central picture window offset by a pair of narrower windows on the side such as casements or double-hungs, lending a boxy look. By contrast, bow windows have three or more panels of equal size with more of a curved appearance.

Both protrude from the exterior of your house, allowing for more depth and natural light,  resulting in a beautiful focal point.

Garden Windows

These protrude from the house in a similar way as a bay or bow window but on a smaller scale with more depth. They usually contain shelves for plants, which get excellent exposure to sunlight in this manner. You often find these in kitchens where homeowners grow herbs and flowers throughout the year no matter what the weather is doing outside.

There are many other types of windows to choose from, such as architectural, hopper or block, but the above are the most common.

Contact Hi-Tech Windows & Siding for Window Replacement

Here at Hi-Tech, we can install any type of replacement window you need. Just call us at 800-851-0900 to book a consultation and get a free quote.

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