Windows are among the most important parts of the house. Depending on your needs, the windows you choose will differ to a great extent. We give you the eight main types of windows you can choose from. If you still need help, consider contacting a St. Charles window specialist to help you select your new windows!
- Single and double hung windows have one or two sashes respectively. The sashes move both up and down if two, or a single one which moves in a single direction. This type of windows take on a minimalistic approach as they occupy less space due to the lack of parts that move outside the window.
- Awning windows, on the other hand, open outwards in either the left or the right to let air in. The bottom of the window can also open to perform the same purpose of aerating the inside of the house. Most awning windows have large sizes with thin frames.
- Transom windows are used mostly as small windows above a larger window or door to let in both light and air. Transom windows are often left inoperable to allow in light alone especially when above doors. They are also part of the aesthetic value of a house as they can be decorated as needed.
- Stationary windows are not operable but can be fitted in any shape and size. Also, they can be fitted with other types of windows with the latter being operable. The advantage with stationary windows is that they can be made as large as possible without running the risk of wearing out or breaking.
- Casement windows differ from other types of windows by being operable by the turn of a crank both to the left and the right. They are of medium size and have thinner frames. Most operable windows are created with a medium size to reduce chances of breaking.
- As their name suggests, picture windows provide the widest view of the outside. Mostly inoperable, they cover from the roof to the floor and they are often put a series to form a complete wall. Unlike pure glass walls, picture windows have frames running up and down sequentially.
- Sliding windows slide on a track across or past one another from either direction. They are simply the horizontal versions of the double and single hung windows. They too employ the same minimalist approach as there are no parts that move outside of the window.
- Bay/bow windows form a ‘bay’ by extending outside of the building to allow more space inside the house. They can be installed on parts of a balcony to give both secrecy and light to a given section of the house. Their covering from the top to the bottom of a floor makes them ideal for creating private spaces.
These are only 8 of the most common types of windows your home can benefit from. There are many others but these ones are the main classes from which others are derived. Windows nowadays have colors and even technology embedded in them to control both light and temperature.