Selecting your window type

Big Windows

Windows are the eyes of the home that allow you to gaze out on the world around you. They can also be one of the most expressive features of a house, so it’s important to choose a window type with the right combination of style and function.

Popular Window Types

Single and Double Hung Windows

Single and Double Hung Window illustration

Single and double hung windows consist of an upper and lower sash. In single hung windows, the lower sash can be raised. In double hung windows, the upper and lower sash both move.

  • Benefits:
    • Easy to maintain and clean, especially those with tilt-in sashes
    • Ideal for patios and three-season porches

Casement Windows

Casement Window
Casement Window Illustration

Casement windows are hinged on one side and open outward, typically with a crank. These windows are commonly found in hard-to-reach areas, such as above a kitchen sink.

  • Benefits:
    • Open fully for maximum ventilation
    • Easy to operate

Gliding Windows

Gliding Windows
Gliding Windows Illustration

Gliding windows slide open sideways along a track, much like a sliding door to a porch or patio. Because they don’t open outward, they don’t encroach on outdoor patios, decks and walkways.

  • Benefits:
    • Provide excellent ventilation
    • Space-saving option for rooms that border outdoor areas

Awning Windows

Awning Windows
Awning Windows Illustration

Awning windows are hinged at the top and open outward from the bottom. Like casement windows, they are typically operated with a hand crank.

  • Benefits:
    • Provide some protection from the rain
    • Excellent choice for basements and rooms where high placement will offer privacy

Bay Windows

Bay Windows
Bay Windows Illustration

Bay windows consist of at least three windows that create a box that projects outward from the house. The extra space they create is ideal for plants, decorative items, or a window seat

  • Benefits:
    • Provide lots of natural light
    • Excellent choice to create a focal point

Picture Windows

Picture Window
Picture Window Illustration

Picture windows have no moving parts and do not open. They provide natural light but not ventilation. Picture windows work best in rooms with a pleasant view worth highlighting.

  • Benefits:
    • Provide good energy efficiency
    • Ideal for spaces too large for moving windows

Other Style Considerations

Single vs. Divided Lights

Once you choose your window type, you’ll also need to choose a sash style:

  • Single Light Windows: Each sash consists of one large expanse of glass, creating a clean, open look. Single light windows are great for modern homes and are easy to clean.
  • Divided Light Windows: Each sash has a grill that divides the glass into several smaller rectangles. Divided lights are an excellent choice for older, more traditional homes.

Replacement Windows

If you aren’t replacing all the windows in your home at once, consider a window style that most closely matches what you already have for architectural consistency.

We hope this article helped you choose the right window type for you space. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact Skylight for advise.