The Different Types of Windows For Home

Choosing the right window can make a non-descript home to stand out and shine with curb appeal. Here are some types of windows that can guide you in choosing the right one to install.

Casement Windows

A type of window that is hinged either on the right or left side of the frame that opens outward with a turn of a crank handle.

Pros

  • It is known to offer a proper circulation and ventilation of air due to the fact that it opens outward. When tightly sealed, these windows are still energy efficient while serving as a barrier for outside elements.
  • They are very ideal for places that are hard to reach. Unlike other windows that slides up and down when needed to be opened, this one uses a crank for opening.

Cons

  • Although casement windows provide security , the rusty and faulty ones can be a potential target to thieves and burglars.

Double Hung Windows

Very common in residential construction. It consists of two sashes that move up and down.

Pros

  • Provides superior ventilation, easy access while having a unique style.
  • Great choice for children’s room because you can open the upper part of the window while the other half is closed.

Cons

  • Some are troublesome to clean, but other models allow the sash to fold inwards for easier cleaning.
  • Because of the functioning window, only half can be opened at a time.

Fixed Windows

Also known as picture windows. Simplest yet most versatile element of your window décor.

Pros

  • They are used to allow maximum entry of light while restricting the outside elements.
  • Very inexpensive and suitable for higher windows that doesn’t need to be opened.

Cons

  • Due to the fact that it can’t be opened, it is not applicable for office buildings.
  • Bothersome to clean without the aid of window service or ladder.

Awning Windows

Similar to casement with its hinge on top.

Pros

  • They are known to be energy efficient since they provide an ample amount of lighting.

Cons

  • They offer limited ventilation and is usually too small for emergency evacuation.

Gliding Windows

A window with a moving panel that slides to the left or right upon opening.

Pros

  • It is very ideal for patios and walkways for it’s easy to open and doesn’t project outwards.
  • Can be used for emergency evacuation since the window is big enough. Fixed screen can be used if needed.

Cons

  • Like Double Hung Windows, only one side can be opened at a time.

Skylight Windows

They provide natural lighting making them very energy efficient. It is usually installed in the ceiling

Pros

  • They come in different colors, shades and trims.
  • If you have an attic, you can get sunlight into a darkest part of your room.

Cons

  • You’ll have to clime onto the room to clean its exterior.
  • If not sealed correctly there’s a probability that it can leak.

Hopper Windows

Very ideal for basements, bathrooms and other room that needs better air circulation and that are energy efficient as well

Pros

  • The angle of the window restricts leave, debris and other form of dirt from entering the house.
  • When tightly shut, they offer a seal that prevents air passing in and out.

Cons

  • Because it is angled outward, it’s difficult to install blinds or other window coverings.
  • Usually installed close to the ground, with easy to reach security fasteners that might provoke security risks.

Jalousie Windows

Often referred as “Louvered windows” They made of glass that are connected with metal clips.

Pros

  • Manual rotation of panels manipulates the volume air and light that enters.
  • Very popular in tropical climates for they allow cool breezes to enter while shielding your home from rain and other elements.

Cons

  • They pose security risks because the can’t be fully sealed.
  • They aren’t the best for weather protection especially for areas where storms are common.

Bay and Bow Windows

A combination of windows that extend outward to maximize your view. Usually a combination of angled or curved windows.

Pros

  • Excellent for viewing purposes while having proper ventilation.
  • They are very ideal for kitchens or family rooms and bedroom to add some character.

Cons

  • Since it doesn’t come with screens, some parasites can enter the house.

Arched Windows

Can be used in many locations of your home, from the front of your house to the back overlooking your patio

Pros

  • It provides an elegant factor in your home. They can be customized with an arched top.

Cons

  • It can be difficult to find window treatments that will fit with an arched window.
  • Difficult to install and comes with a higher installation cost.

Round-Top Windows

They can stand alone or be used as your crowning accessory to your other windows.

Pros

  • They give elegance, grandness and tidiness while having a modern touch.
  • Available in various shapes and styles.

Cons

  • Installation is more complicated that your traditional window designs.

Dormer Windows

Excellent at providing light and airflow that are very essential for attic rooms.

Pros

  • Can provide natural lighting in your dark attic rooms.
  • Unlike skylight windows, they provide more space in a loft or other room.

Cons

  • Complicated to install and costs more.
  • If not installed correctly, they can make a home structure awkward.

That should cover all the different types of windows. If I’ve forgotten any, be sure to let me know in the comments.

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