Finding the right type of windows for a new renovation or a replacement project takes a considerable amount of time in research, from finding out the best style to suit your home to the best fit for your budget. To help with the research, we’ve narrowed down a few of the more common window types you might come across.
Fixed window: As the name implies, this window is fixed and cannot be open. Although it is less expensive, it should only be used in a place where you wouldn’t need an open window, such as in a high spot in a double-height room.
Double-hung: These traditional windows are often found in a period home and consist of two sashes that slide up and down. Only half of the window can be opened at a time, but the ability for both sashes to be positioned such that there are openings at the top and bottom provides good air flow on a warm day.
Single-hung: These windows have the same appearance as a double-hung, but the upper sash is fixed. Only the lower sash moves up and down.
Casement: A casement window is hinged vertically so that it opens and closes like a door. It is operated with a crank. Casement windows are a great option for having a large opening, and the seal is usually superior because of the locking system. Because it swings outwards, casement windows may not be suitable for certain locations such as a busy walkway.
Awning: Similar to a casement window but hinged horizontally from the top.
Picture window: This is a combination window comprising a fixed centre window flanked by two casement or double-hung windows.
Sliding: Sliding windows move along tracks at the top and bottom of the frame. Only half the window can be open at any time but sliding windows are inexpensive and thus, very common.
Bay window: A set of three (or more) windows set at angles to each other that project out from the main wall of the building, usually around a seat that the space has created. The windows can be fixed, double-hung or casement, or a combination.
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