How to Choose the Right Window

Summer and fall are the perfect times to finally tackle a window replacement. You can wrap up work before the cold sets in and be ready to face winter with a set of new windows. One of the questions we hear often from our customers is “what type of window type is best?”

The answer isn’t simple. What type of window you should use depends on your room, your home and your goal. We’ve rounded up the 8 most popular window types to help you decide which is best for your project.

Single-Hung and Double-Hung Windows

Single-hung and Double-hung windows are the most common types of windows. A single-hung window is divided in two, with the bottom part sliding up the window frame to let in air, where a double-hung window lets both the top and the bottom of the window slide within the frame. The key with this window type is that the windows don’t extend beyond the frame when opening. These are popular choices for any room where you need to frequently open windows, such as kitchens or living rooms. 

Sliding Windows

Sliding windows are similar to single-hung or double-hung windows, but instead of sliding up and down the frame they slide horizontally. Since they take up more horizontal space, they’re ideal for getting the most natural light out of a tight space.

Casement Windows

Casement windows are another common window type. These windows open by a crank or handle, swinging the entire window outward. These are good choice for rooms where airflow is important, since they let in more air. Casement windows are a good choice for ventilation in warm environments.

Awning Windows

Awning windows are hinged near the bottom and swing outward. What’s unique about this window type is that awning windows can either be full-sized or installed below or next to a larger window. Awning windows are more weather-resistant and offer improved security. They’re a popular choice for basements for those reasons.

Picture Windows

Picture windows grace many home design websites – and for good reason. These expansive windows are typically made of a large single pane of glass without any lines. Picture windows are ideal for areas where you want the most amount of natural light possible.

Bay Windows

Bay windows are a beautiful way to add more space to your home. Bay windows are generally three windows – a large window flanked by two smaller windows on the side – that extend outside the house. Unlike picture windows, they can be opened. Bay windows are the perfect choice for letting in more light and creating a focal point in a room. They’re popular choices in living rooms, bedrooms and dining rooms for those reasons.

Storm Windows

Storm windows are a popular window type here in Minnesota. As you can probably guess from the name, storm windows are designed to keep the elements out and your home secure. Storm windows are a good choice for insulation and security. Many people choose storm windows for their cabins, so they’re more protected in the winters when the cabins are unoccupied.

Skylight Windows

Skylight windows aren’t as common a type as some other window types, but they’re still a popular choice when considering which window to install. These windows are installed in the ceiling, generally at a slant. Skylights are ideal for letting in more natural light and providing ventilation in summer.

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