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A Quick Guide to the 8 Most Common Window Types

Unless you work in the window industry there’s no reason for you to know about every type of window, but when you’re shopping for new windows you need to know as much as possible. The good news is that it’s not entirely on you to learn everything there is to know about the windows. That’s where Charles Window comes in. You can call us today for an in-home consultation or stop by our award-winning showroom. You can also read on to learn more about the eight most common window types.

1. Double hung windows

Double hung windows are one of the most popular window types in the U.S. They have sashes that slide vertically and, unlike single hung windows, both sashes slide. With this option, the screens are on the outside of the window.

2. Bay windows

A bay window is a combination of three or more panes in which the center is made of one or more windows that are parallel with the wall. With this option, the outer windows angle back toward the wall. It’s often a choice if you want a window to be the focal point of a room.

3. Casement windows

If you choose a casement window, you’ll have the hinges for the window located on one side. These windows have very tight seals, which means that you get lower air leakage rates than with a typical window. You also have the window screens on the interior.

4. Picture window

A picture window is aptly named, as it is a large single center panel. You can have side panels installed as well but they’re not necessary. Like a bay window, this is a great choice if you want to highlight the window or the view.

5. Bow window

Also similar to a bay window, a bow window has more panes. It also has panels that radiate out and eventually form a semi-circle.

6. Slider window

When you think of a slider window, think of a single-hung or double-hung window but turned on its side. With this option, at least one (but sometimes more) sash will move by being slid horizontally.

7. Garden window

Most commonly installed in kitchens, garden windows are a box-style window that extends out of the home.

8. Awning window

Similar to casement windows, awning windows are hinged on top. They also open outward and are good for homes in which there isn’t a lot of room inside.