Changing up your home’s exterior appearance may sound like a daunting task, but the windows is a great place to start. With so many different styles of windows to choose from, there’s no end to the possibilities. Keep reading to learn more about the various styles and their functions throughout the home.
Casement windows are suitable for taller windows that and often include multiple units in an opening. This window has hinges on one side and a handle on the other to “crank” open the window sash. You’ll need to make sure that on the outside there is plenty of clearance for the sash to swing out, so take note of any trees, hedges, or walkways. The biggest benefit of casement windows, is that they are capable of providing 100% ventilation of the opening, unlike double hung windows which provide a maximum of 50%. Casement windows are often found in mid-century modern homes and bow windows.
This is one of the most common types of windows found in most houses. The window features a frame and two sashes that slide up and down. The window can be opened from either the top or the bottom. This type of window is ideal if you enjoy keeping windows open to let in some fresh air but would like to have a bit of control over the airflow. A single-hung window is similar but can only be opened from either the top or bottom, not both. Double hung windows allow for varying amounts of ventilation, but at most 50% of the window opening can vent. They also have the ability to tilt inward, to allow for easier cleaning of the exterior glass.
A picture window is the simplest form of window. It consists of a large pane of glass inside a frame. It cannot be opened in any way; it is used only to let in natural light. Because these windows don’t allow for any ventilation, they aren’t great for high-traffic areas like the living room or kitchen. Instead, they offer more of an aesthetic appeal than anything else. An upstairs hallway or a foyer entryway with a great view would be ideal for a picture window. Picture windows are also used in bay windows.
Slider windows are a great choice for homes or apartments that don’t have a lot of space outside for opening a window. Instead, these slider windows operate by sliding the pane of glass horizontally to sit over the next pane, much like a double-hung on its side. This is a great option for those that struggle to lift a window up fully to open it or pulling it down to close. Typically, a slider will be wider than it is tall. You often see sliding windows in 3 season rooms and porches.
Like a casement window, an awning window features hinges on one side and opens like a door. Except in the case of the awning window, the pane of glass lifts up from the bottom, while the hinges are at the top of the frame. Usually, the opening portion is a smaller window atop a larger part of the window, allowing in ventilation while also keeping rain out.
Basements are a classic location for hopper windows. Hopper windows are hinged on the bottom, so you can pull the top of the sash inward. They’re used for small openings, often high from the ground, like in a bathroom.
Whether you enjoy your windows for the ventilation they offer or the natural light they let in, windows are an important part of the home, no matter the style. Choosing the right style to work with your home in every season is a great way to increase your home’s beauty and function alike. Contact Bennett Contracting today to learn more.