Five Popular Types of Windows

The five most popular window types for a home boil down to single-hung, double-hung, casement, bay and bow & specialty windows.

When you look at a home you don’t typically think about what kind of window is used or if the homeowner upgraded from a single-hung to a double-hung window but the overall effect of new windows makes the neighbors take notice. Since windows are such important elements to a home, it stands to reason that homeowners look for options that not only serve a purpose but also add exciting design elements to a home. Builders and remodelers generally suggest five main types of windows the homeowners can select from to achieve their design objectives. There are so many choices when choosing new windows but the first choice to make is type!

Single-Hung Windows

Probably the most common window installed today is a single-hung window. Single-hung windows have one movable sash, typically the lower one. The upper sash is fixed in place but still provides natural light to a room. This type of window is generally the most economical and practical for buyers from a cost perspective.

Double-Hung Windows

You probably guessed it – the difference between a single-hung window & a double-hung window is that both sashes moveable. This feature adds versatility, providing additional ways to circulate air and easier cleaning. Most newer double-hung options have a tip-in feature that allows owners to easily reach all interior and exterior window surfaces to be sure the window is squeaky clean. As might be expected, double-hung windows are typically more expensive to purchase than single-hung varieties.

Casement Windows

The third option for homeowners to consider is casement windows. Rather than sashes that slide up or down, casement windows open outward to the right or left and are hinged on the side. This means fresh air can be circulated through the entire height of a window rather than an upper or lower portion as in single and double-hung variants. Casement windows are ideal for hard-to-reach areas and to provide a little extra character to your home.

Bay and Bow Windows

The fourth option that homeowners are always encouraged to consider is bay or bow windows. Often used to create visual interest, bay and bow windows extend beyond the exterior walls of a home. In many cases, window seating is included, or the window space can be used for plants or other design elements. 

For those who may not know, the difference between bay and bow can make a world of a difference to your home. A bay window has only three openings and typically the middle one is fixed. A common combination example would be two double-hung windows on the side and a picture window in the middle creating a nice window seat or reading nook. A bow window’s structure is curved and consists of four or more windows and also creates a nice ledge feature on the inside of the home.

Specialty Windows

Be Unique! Some design plans call for unique & custom windows that are not generally available. Specialty windows are provided by several of the nation’s top window manufacturers, which makes it possible to fill those odd-shaped spaces with windows or windows with unusual dimensions to be used in a home’s initial construction or remodeling project. Architects, builders and interior designers routinely insert specialty windows to meet specific design goals. Specialty windows help add that little bit of extra flair your home needs to make it your own.

Don’t forget about the window material!

In addition to these five popular types of windows, there are other options out there. After the first big step of deciding the type of window for your home, the next step is to talk about the material. Homeowners must into consideration the wide variety of materials offered in window construction. We work with architects, builders, interior designers, and homeowners every day to help determine the best window materials to fit your style, budget and home region. 

If you’re currently considering which window options would best meet a project’s needs, look to industry leaders like MarvinWindsor and give us a call! We love would love to learn more about your project and goals, and make some recommendations for the perfect windows for your home! Replacement, Renovation and New Construction, we have options to meet all of your needs. 


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