8 Window Types That You Can Install For Your Home
Deciding to put in new windows for your home is an important decision so you need to get it right. You may not necessarily want the same type all over, each window may have a different role depending on where it is, some you may want to see clearly through, others you may want so that the outside cannot see in. The best thing to do is to consult with the window experts, they are professionals and know what the options are when installing windows. Here is a break down on some of the main options they will discuss with you.
Options When Installing Windows
Beautiful windows for beautiful homes
Type One: Gliders
Like a double hung window, a glider window has two glass panes but the difference is how they open. A glider does not open horizontally like a double hung, it opens vertically. In the center of each pane of glass is a vertical bar and the window opens up and down to the left or right of that bar. This means as well as being great for letting in natural light, you can also open them and let in a lot of air flow. They can be placed anywhere in a house but because of that vertical bar there is a small interruption to your view.
Glider windows for good air flow
Type Two: Casement
This option is one of the more popular ones. Casement windows have one pane of glass that sits on a hinge on one of its sides. Using a crank at the bottom of the window you can open it and the window opens outwards. Therefore it is not a window you would place too close to shrubbery or on a deck, as it can cause obstruction. But there are no interruptions to your view as it is a single glass pane and they allow very good air flow into the house as the whole window can be opened.
Type Three: Bay
A bay window is usually made up of three sections, a large center window and then on either side two smaller windows that flank the main coming out at an angle so that there is projection. Usually the flankers come out at 30 or 45 degrees and are casement or double hung windows so that they can be opened to create some air flow. But if preferred they can be fixed. The main center picture window offers you a fantastic view of the outside, with no interruption. Plus the two flanking windows extend that view and you get reasonable ventilation.
Bay windows – perfect for reading and relaxing
Type Four: Double Hung
A very common window the double hung window is made of two panels that move. Either one or both can be vertically opened, the top one can be moved down to let in air, the lower panel can be lifted. This means you can open both half way and get air flowing through both. But when it comes to views these are not the best choices as the rail going across the middle will block some of it.
Double hung windows
Type Five: Skylight
A skylight is a wonderful choice if you have a place to put one, as it lets in a lot of sunlight into a room, and gives you a lovely view of the sky. There are a couple of options for opening them if you do not want a fixed skylight. You can have a crank with a long handle or you can get it put onto a remote control system. Night time viewing of the stars can be done from the warmth of your home but they do let in a lot of light which is something to consider if it is for a bedroom. A final warning is to make sure you get an experienced person to install it, as they can leak when not done correctly.
View of the sky with skylight windows
Type Six: Bow
Like the bay window, the bow window has some projection but this window consists of three to six windows that are the same size, rather than one large and two smaller. By having more windows it can project outwards in a softer curve rather than at an angle. Each window is usually a casement or fixed window though some places do offer combinations that include single or double hung windows. This is not common though, as the point of a bay is the fantastic view you get from it, and if single or double hung windows are used there is some view blocking. But fixed windows mean no air flow.
Bow window type
Type Seven: Awning
Awning windows are similar to casement windows but rather than hinging on the left or right, they hinge at the top. There is a crank at the bottom like a casement window that you use to open the awning out. The benefits to this window is that the way it opens means the glass slants downwards, so should it start raining while the window is open the water will run down the glass to the outside rather than running in the house. But that same downward slant means the airflow it allows in is not as good as some other options mentioned above.
Type Eight: Picture
Picture window for that perfect view
Picture windows are so called simply because they create a frame effect around the view outside. They are good if you want something decorative. Picture windows come in a variety of sizes and shapes and can be fixed or may open on a tilt or swing.