Written by Complete Windows on November 17, 2016 in Window Design

Window Style Basics

Understanding the simple window style basics will prove helpful when choosing new windows for your home. Making the right choice can be a daunting task when faced with the variety of options on the market today.

Single and Double–Hung Windows

These are two of the most common windows you’ll find in modern homes today. Both consist of two window panels, or sashes. In a single-hung window, the bottom sash can tilt in and out, or move up and down. A double-hung window means both sashes have this ability. The main difference between the two is that a double-hung window is easier to keep clean on both the interior and exterior, making it ideal for use on the second-floor.

Slider Windows

Sliding windows operate similarly to sliding glass doors, moving horizontally along the frame. These windows can also be a single or a double-slider, and the only real difference lies in personal preference. Both styles are easy to operate and offer excellent ventilation. Installing screens will keep out bugs and rodents while allowing a healthy breeze to flow through your home. These windows are especially popular above sinks and in bathrooms, but can easily be incorporated anywhere in the home.

Casement & Awning Windows

These windows are hinged rather than sliding, and move in different ways. Casements swing out to the side, and can move to the inside or to the outside of the home, depending on preference. They generally comprise of the entire length of one side of the window. An awning window, in contrast, is generally the bottom half of a window, and opens to the exterior of a home like an awning (hence the name.) Both are popular for offering a less obstructed view than other styles, thanks to their minimal hardware. Less moving parts also means they are exceptional insulating windows when closed. Both provide terrific ventilation, but are not easily accommodating to screens. Awning windows are also very popular in wet climates, as they can be opened without risk of letting in the rain.

Tilt & Turn Windows

The tilt-and-turn window is where casements meet awnings. These windows provide a very modern look to your home, and can open both vertically and horizontally. They usually only open about 10cm or so, and are therefore popular with those concerned for the safety of small children or pets. While they only open so much, many homeowners still receive excellent ventilation from their tilt-and-turn windows. Additionally, these windows facilitate easy interior and exterior cleaning, making them popular for use on the second-floor.

Picture Windows

There’s nothing quite like walking into a room with a large picture window showcasing a beautiful view. Picture windows are designed to allow natural light into a room through an unobstructed view of the outdoors, and they are most popular in living rooms and bedrooms. That seamless view is only possible because a picture window is not designed to open; therefore there is no possibility of ventilation. Most homeowners have more than one window in a room, however, so this shouldn’t present a problem. Stylish and elegant, picture windows never go out of fashion, and can represent a significant upward move in your home’s value.

Bay & Bow Windows

These classic window styles are ever popular amongst homeowners, and no surprise. They offer a chance to show off a spectacular view to full advantage, while adding style and value to your home. Both also work help a room feel more expansive. However, there are key differences between the two that are important to understand.

A bay window is usually three windows of different sizes: one large picture window flat in the middle and two smaller windows angled on the sides, called ‘flankers’. These are often single or double-hung to allow for ventilation.

A bow window is 3-6 windows, all the same size, creating a gradual curved look. These can be casement, double or single-hung windows, allowing for greater ventilation than a bay window. However, bow windows usually offer a more restricted view due to the amount of hardware they need.

Choosing the perfect windows for your home can be overwhelming. At Complete Windows, we have the experience and knowledge to help you make the right decision. Call or visit our Parksville showroom today to speak with one of our experts.

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