Ever wondered what the difference is between window types and styles? At Wholesale Home Improvements, we have put together this handy guide to explain what you need to know. While the terms “type” and “style” are sometimes used interchangeably, there is a difference. Both concepts are important to consider when choosing the perfect new windows for your home.
Window Types and Styles
Basically, window type has to do with the functionality of the window. Window style has to do with the aesthetic appeal.
What do we mean by functionality? How does the window operate? How does it open and close? There are various ways a window can open, up, down, or side-to-side, for example. Also, is the window easy and convenient to use? What kind of energy efficiency does it offer?
Aesthetic appeal is a bit easier to understand. How does the window contribute to the overall look of your home? Does it add a modern, chic look, or does it make it feel more rustic? There are a number of different details that can change up the overall look windows create.
To help you better understand what we mean, let’s take a look at the replacement window types available from Wholesale Home Improvements.
Double Hung Windows
Double hung windows consist of two sashes, one above the other. Both open and close and can slide up and down. A handy feature on newer models is the ability to tilt them out to clean both the inside and outside of the window from inside your house. This is especially handy on second-floor windows since you won’t have to get a ladder to clean the outside of your windows!
When it comes to window types and styles, this type has enjoyed consistent popularity over the years and is still the most common window type used in the United States.
These windows consist of one piece of glass that swings out from one side or the other like a door. Usually, casement windows open through the use of a hand-crank. This is convenient for windows that are in hard-to-reach places, like behind the kitchen sink.
Since the entire window opens, a casement window let in lots of fresh air. Also, the glass sitting at an angle outside tends to act as a funnel and help direct the refreshing breeze into your home. When you close a casement window, an air-tight seal comes into play around the edges making casement windows extremely energy efficient.
Think of these like a double hung window on its side. The two sashes are side by side. In single slider windows, only one sash moves and in double sliders, they both move. These are great to install when you don’t have space outside to swing the window outward but still want a large window opening.
Just remember, with this type of window you’ll have to clean the outside of them from the outside of your home. That can be a pain, especially for second-floor windows. Also, make sure to choose a sliding window with a handle or latch that is easy to open and comfortable to use.
Bow and Bay Windows
A crossover over window types and styles are bay and bow windows. The reason for this is that these types of windows have a distinctive look to them. Just adding these window types to your home will change the style of your home a little. Both of these window types are awesome for letting lots of natural light into your home.
A bay window typically consists of three sashes. The center one is fixed and the two on either side can either open or be fixed. The two side sashes are tilted to push the center sash outward and create a somewhat rounded window. Sometimes people even put a little seating area around the inside of the window to create a comfortable reading nook.
Bow windows are similar but usually consist of 4 or 5 sashes. As a result, the curve is much more gentle than in a bay window. Bay windows can even be installed around a corner. You can choose to be able to open the sashes, have them fixed, or whatever combination you would like!
Garden windows are fantastic for growing small plants indoors in the winter. It’s kind of like a miniature greenhouse jutting out from your primary home structure. Garden windows usually including a couple of shelves where you can put herbs or small plants to stay warm and grow. Sometimes, side panels can be opened but not always.
A typical spot for garden windows is over the kitchen sink. Depending on how your kitchen sink is situated and how easy it is to access the window, this may not be the most practical location. If you want to garden indoors, we can discuss the window types and styles that will work best for your home.
Fixed windows, or picture windows, are a simple window. They consist of one piece of glass that cannot be opened. Because of this they are more energy efficient and can be styled virtually any way. Fixed windows are incorporated into a lot of custom work.
All of these window types can be styled to a certain degree. Some are more flexible than others, as we mentioned with fixed windows. But the material and color you choose for any window can change the style dramatically. Window grilles are also available for virtually every window type. These also significantly affect the aesthetics of your windows.
Have fun when choosing your window style. Pick something to fit the style of your home and maybe even show off your personality a little. Go cool and contemporary (black windows are huge right now), chic and elegant, or fun and funky, the choice is yours.
Here at Wholesale Home Improvements, we can help you choose the perfect window types and styles for your home. We’ve been in the business for almost 25 years, so you can trust us to help you choose the perfect windows. Our expert team will then install them for you in no time. If you’re thinking it’s time for new windows give us a call today to get started.