When building or remodeling a home, you’ll discover many different types of windows to choose from, as well as different types of window frames. Here’s a breakdown of the most common window styles so you can make a more informed purchasing decision regarding types of windows.
Choosing the Best Windows for Your Home
With so many options, choosing the best windows for your home may seem a daunting task. However, you only need to consider a few factors when narrowing down your selection:
- How long do you want your window to last without replacement?
- Which materials do you prefer?
- Where will you put the window?
Once you have style, materials and location in mind, you’ll need to determine your budget. While calculating window cost, include not only the windows themselves, but also the price of any professional or DIY installation. When calculating the cost, consider overall energy-efficiency and savings. Windows with the Energy Star label are built to surpass basic building requirements and will vary by climate.
These windows are ideal for difficult-to-reach areas such as over a kitchen sink. Hinged windows are a type of casement window that open at the sides and offer great ventilation. However, they can be difficult to use with a screen and often lack security.
Single Hung Windows
Single hung windows are an affordable window option. They offer a single operating sash. The top section is fixed so that only the bottom can be moved up for ventilation.
Single-hung windows are designed for installation into new openings. These low-maintenance vinyl windows never need painting and boast a tilt-in feature for easy cleaning.
Double Hung Windows
These windows offer a great way to get cross ventilation. Double hung windows help flush out the heat collecting near the ceiling. A double hung window features two operating sashes that can be moved up or down to let air in the top, bottom or both.
Double-hung windows are designed for easy window replacement. Most feature a decorative exterior frame that enhances curb appeal. Best of all, they have a low-maintenance vinyl interior and exterior with tilt-in feature.
Sliding windows are designed for easy window replacement, with low-maintenance vinyl that never needs painting. Also, the sash slides horizontally to allow for full top-to-bottom venting. Sliding windows offer access to outside. They usually have simple locks.
An awning window tilts outward and saves energy. Most awning windows feature heavy-duty locks and hardware for peace-of-mind home security. They also allow for optimal, fresh air ventilation and a maintenance-free design for lasting durability. However, awning windows can be hard to clean and maintain.
Bay windows can make any room feel bigger, brighter and airier. These windows provide a panoramic outdoor view, but can be costly to maintain and repair.
Bay windows project outward for a larger view and add seating areas inside your home. Many also contain energy-efficient vinyl and are designed to lift, slide or crank with minimal effort.
White vinyl picture windows are wider than standard windows. They create a panorama effect in the view. They include a removable nail fin frame. Some are available with energy efficient Low-E 366 glass.
Shaped windows come in white vinyl octagon or circular shapes. The windows include removable nail fin frames. Many also come with energy efficient Low-E 366 glass.
Basement windows help seal the bottom of your home and let light into a basement while still preserving some privacy. They boast an extruded, welded vinyl sash and frame for heavy-duty strength. Basement windows typically tilt inward for easy access and cleaning. Insulated glass and wood pile in the window also help prevent cold air from entering.
Glass Block Windows
For glass block windows, glass bricks are available in numerous sizes, colors and patterns. They can pair with mortar or silicone systems for easy installation. Glass block windows are ideal for bathrooms, showers, basements and more.
Vinyl Window Frames
Along with different types of windows, there are several different types of window frames. Vinyl window frames usually consist of PVC, along with ultraviolet protection against the sun. In addition, vinyl is water-resistant and easy to maintain.
Aluminum Window Frames
Aluminum window frames are one of many popular types of window frames. They offer a more contemporary style in addition to conducting heat and cold well.
Wooden Window Frames
Wooden window frames will not stick due to expansion and contraction. However, they can be susceptible to rot and weathering and will need annual maintenance to maintain them.
Parts of a Window Frame
A window frame for most types of windows consists of several different parts.
The interior parts of a window frame, for most types of window frames, are a balance, sash, check rail, glass, lower and upper rails, lift and sash lock.
The exterior parts of a window frame include a frame, head, jambs, sill and jambliner. It is important to understand where these parts are when working with a window frame.
Window screens are among the most common window accessories. A window screen is designed to cover a window opening and protect its glass from damage. Window screens are available for most window types, from standard windows to skylights. Screens can be customized to fit shaped windows.
Window screens come in a variety of textures and materials like fiberglass and aluminum. Fiberglass is the most common window screen material used in construction and home windows. It is an economical screen product that does not damage easily.
Aluminum window screens cost more, but are stronger and more durable. The finish reduces glare and makes the screen damage- and corrosion-resistant.
Tip: Products like BetterVue and pet screens are built with a material and finish that provides stronger visibility than that of insect screening. It protects your home windows from punctures and weather damage.
There is a window style to match your needs and budget. Find everything from a picture window to frame your view to a simple standard window to open up a room. The Home Depot also offers window installation services. For free design, purchase and installation help with windows and doors, call us any time between 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. EST at 1-833-HDAPRON (432-7766).
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