Casement windows or double hung? That’s one of many questions you will be asked when considering your windows for new construction or replacement in your home. It is so frustrating when you speak to a mechanic, repairman, or even a doctor, and they start using trade words assuming you understand. Here is a guide to the common window styles so you can feel confident speaking to us about your new or replacement windows. This will help you identify what you may already have and to consider what you would like to have.
Casement windows swing out on a hinge, like a door. Benefits of casement windows include excellent efficiency, as there are fewer “seams” where air can infiltrate when compared to some other styles. Additionally, wind tends to push a casement window tight, which further reduces infiltration — in or out. Casement windows are operated with a crank mechanism and hardware is available in a variety of styles, finishes, and profiles.
Casement windows can be installed as single units or in combinations with other casement or fixed units, as pictured here. Style possibilities are practically endless as you experiment with different combinations and grille (grid) designs.
Double Hung Windows
Double hung, also called, “hung,” or, “lift-up,” windows, are comprised of two vertical sash, one on top of the other, that slide up and down. In a “single hung” window, only the bottom sash moves and the top is fixed. Since this window operates while remaining flush with the wall, they are ideal for installation near walkways, decks, or patios. Pulling the top sash down and the bottom sash up in the frame allows for improved ventilation in your space.
Many hung windows also tilt in for easy cleaning. Phrases like, “tilt-in,” or “tilt-wash,” are used to describe this feature.
Imagine a casement window on its side, opening at the bottom instead of on either side, and you have an awning window. Like casement, they operate with a crank mechanism and offer many of the same efficiency benefits as casement windows. Casement windows can be used in conjunction with other styles of windows to create interesting and functional compositions. Pictured are awning windows below fixed, or stationary units.
Think of a sliding patio door — comprised of two slabs, at least one of which can be moved from side to side. That is essentially how a gliding window works. A gliding window is a little like a double hung window turned on its side. They offer a more contemporary look and are ideal where there is limited clearance. These windows are sometimes referred to as sliding windows, gliders, or sliders.
Also referred to as fixed windows, or stationary windows, picture windows are simply windows that do not open. Because they do not operate, they are more energy efficient and can be produced in much larger sizes, making them ideal for maximizing a view and allowing light into a space. Picture windows are typically used in combination with venting windows of other styles, like casement, hung, or awning windows, as pictured — a picture and casement combination.
Bay and Bow Windows
Bay or bow windows are features that project outward from the home. Made up of multiple units, the angle, projection, size, and style of the feature can be customized to create the look you desire. These beautiful architectural features create stunning focal points both inside and out.
The term, “specialty windows,” refers to stationary (non-operating) windows which are characterized by unique shapes, curves, or angles. Especially when used in combination with other windows, these dramatic windows become a real showpiece for your home.
Pictured below are beautiful examples of how these different window styles can be combined to create statement pieces and designs that are as unique as you are. Once you understand the different types and styles of windows, including the features and benefits of each, we can help you design something that compliments your home, works with your budget, and provides the function and efficiency you seek.
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