Window Styles & Where To Install Them

Windows are more than just the dressings on a building, whether it’s a home or otherwise. They have both functional and aesthetic appeal. If you are looking for windows for a new home or replacement windows to spruce up an existing home, you’ll find that there is a wide array of window styles on the market. This means that you have a healthy variety to match your budget and home’s style, and even preference. If you are curious about the types of window options out there, here’s a look at some different types of windows that can help make window shopping less of a hassle.


Double-hung windows feature a lower sash and an upper sash that slides vertically. It typically tilts out allowing easy access for cleaning and maintenance work to be done. Double-hung windows are a popular option for homeowners to install when doing a window replacement. This versatile option is available in a range of sizes that can suit a range of openings. Double-hung windows are generally found in traditional style homes often in openings where one-by-one windows are preferred rather than a set or pairing.


Casement windows are hinged windows that swing outward from left to right or up to open with a hand crank. These windows offer good views with minimal obstruction, and are easy to operate. These windows are ideal for installation above a sink and countertop, as well as for first floors as a security measure since they are tougher to open during break-ins.


A picture window is a large window designed to not only allow you to enjoy unobstructed views, whether it’s your garden or backyard, but to also allow in maximum amounts of light. As a style element, picture windows can add drama and flair, and create a captivating focal point. These are stationary windows that are not designed to be opened at all. Picture windows are commonly placed in a bay window as a centerpiece.


Bay windows are built out from an exterior wall or siding, creating a small shelf on the interior. These windows are built with a combination of flat windows positioned into an angled frame at 30 to 40 degrees, which resembles a semi-hexagon. Bay windows can be pricey to install because they are not only larger than the average-sized windows, but a certain level of skill is needed for installation.


Bow windows are a combination of evenly-sized, custom curved windows that create semi-circled alignments of 10-20 degree angle. These windows push out from the exterior wall of a home. Bow windows are typically found in the front area of a home, primarily used for visual appeal and enhanced natural lighting.


Awning windows are hand-cranked and hinged at the top, offering maximum ventilation, allowing air in from the left, right, and bottom. These are ideal for installation on top of or below a picture, as well as an operating window style. They are also the perfect option to allow air-flow during a rainstorm without causing water damage to your sills.

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These are just some of the window styles that you can consider for your new home or replacement windows. It’s up to you to make the right selection for your home. If you're ready to replace the windows on your home this year, our team at Erdmann Exteriors is ready to assist! You can contact our team today by calling us at (847) 357-9607 or by filling out our team's online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your exterior remodeling needs!