Window Types and Styles for Your Home

When it comes to window styles, your choices are far from crystal clear. In fact, there are so many possible options that you may find it a real “pane” to make a decision. Bad puns aside, the many window types and styles you can choose from all present different advantages depending on the amount of sunlight and fresh air you want to let into your home. The architectural design of the home or apartment building in which you live can also help you determine which window style is best for installation. Before you make any decision, be sure to talk with Renewal by Andersen Windows Charlottesville and ask any questions you might have regarding these and other styles and types of windows available for your home.


Casement Windows

If you’re looking for maximum functionality and energy efficiency in your windows, casement is the style that you want. They open outward and seal shut tight, so no warm or cool air can escape from inside your home and nothing can seep in from the outside. These windows use a slide rail mechanism to stabilize the weight of the window when you open and shut it, making it easy to operate. Newer contemporary homes will often have casement windows as part of their design structure.

Picture Windows

These are typically fixed pane windows that do not open or close (though some have the capability to do so) and they are designed to provide a large, unobstructed viewing area from inside the home. These windows are great for use in the hallways, dens, and bathrooms, especially when there is a lot to see beyond your exterior wall and privacy isn’t always of great concern. These windows can damage easily, however, due to their size and the amount of glass used to make them.

Awning Windows

Awning windows are designed to open from a hinge located at the top of the window and they can allow fresh air to waft in from the sides or the gap at the bottom. They typically open outward, which means your window will protrude from the exterior wall of your home. These are a versatile option in terms of placement, since they can be installed next to existing windows, over patios, and terraces, even bedrooms or bathrooms. Awning windows look great, but be careful about where you place them as they pose a security issue when open. Someone could easily climb in through the bottom gap.

Double-Hung Windows

Built with two sashes that are designed to move up and down with a vertical frame, double-hung windows may be opened from the top or the bottom. Both windows remain on a track that is located inside of the frame, which means that they slide up and down, they do not open inward or outward. Think of them as the vertical counterpart to the traditional slider window which takes the same idea and does it horizontally. You may also opt to go with a single-hung window where only the bottom portion can be opened and shut, while the top section remains in place.