7 Types Of Windows And What Rooms They Work Best In

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Looking up the types of windows you can put in your home is a wonderful idea! You can use these choices to decide which would make your home look and function best for you and your family.

In this post, you can learn about 8 types of window styles. You can also discover where they work best in homes.

It’s Driving Me Crazy!

“The noise and the drafts are driving me crazy,” says Michelle irritably.

John looks at her curiously. “The road noise? Hm, I guess I’m used to it from growing up next to a busy road. I do agree about the draft though, it’s breezy and is definitely raising our bills.”

“Then let’s do something about it!” suggests Michelle. “We can look up types of replacement windows for homes. I’m sure we can upgrade our windows while we’re at it. Well, depending on how much windows cost.”

“That’s a fantastic idea!” says John, face cracking into a huge smile. “If it’ll make you happier then even more so. What are the different types of windows?” Michelle shrugs. “I’m not too sure about all of them, but,” -she whips her phone out from her pocket- “that’s what Google is for.”

Here’s what the couple finds out:

7 Types Of House Windows

  1. Hung
  2. Sliding or slider
  3. Casement 
  4. Picture 
  5. Bay
  6. Bow
  7. Transom

1. Hung Types Of Windows

The two types of hung windows are single and double.

Single-hung windows. These are the windows that have the bottom slide upwards. They’re affordable, energy-efficient, and match almost any home style.

Double-hung windows. These are similar to single-hung windows except for both the bottom and top windows slide. This makes them great ventilators for when you need an open window.

These are the ideal types of windows for living rooms, bedrooms, and almost any room. They’re also the most common types of windows in houses.

2. Types Of Sliding Windows

The difference here is sliding windows go left or right instead of up or down. They’re easy to use, durable, and also great for ventilation. This makes them ideal for kitchens and first-floor bathrooms.

The two types of sliding windows are 2-panel and 3-panel.

2-panel sliders. This window type has 2 panes of glass. Only one of the panes slides open.

3-panel sliders. This window type has 3 panes of glass. The left and right windows slide while the middle one stays still. 

You’ll need to clean these types of windows from the outside. This means upper-level bathrooms may not be the best move.

Lead times are also longer for semi-custom cabinets than with stock. Typically, semi-custom cabinets take 4 to 6 weeks (right now we have many with 8 week lead times due to pandemic-related supply chain issues).

Siteline is a great example of a semi-custom line. They’ll make cabinets any width, without an upcharge. They’ll also change the height of the cabinets if needed without an upcharge.

3. Casement Windows For Homes

Casement windows are skinny windows that open outward as some doors do. This makes it one of, if not the, best window for ventilation. The open pane can catch the breeze and bring it inside.

Casement windows are one of the types of windows that crank open. This makes them great for hard-to-reach places like over sinks. 

The downsides are they can only be so big and they’re usually more expensive than other types of windows.

Most casement windows have a crank you turn to open them. This makes them great for hard to reach places like over sinks. The downside is they can only be so big and they’re usually more expensive than other types of windows.

Michael slides the phone out of Jennifer’s hands and scrolls to the next window type.

4. Picture Windows

Picture windows are large windows that don’t move. This makes whatever view they give look like a framed picture.

People tend to put them in living rooms, dining rooms, and sunrooms. They’re also one of the ideal types of windows for bathrooms on upper levels.

They’re popular because they:

  • Let in more natural light
  • Are easy to clean if they’re on the first floor
  • Are cheaper because they don’t have any mechanical parts

But, picture windows have zero ventilation, can be at greater risk of breaking, and are hard to clean on the upper floors.

5. Bay Windows

These types of windows for homes are great because they can increase the value.

Bay windows have 3 separate panels of glass that stick out from the house. The middle is a picture window and the other two are a different type.

They create a little nook area that you can use for all sorts of things like a reading corner or extra storage space.

They open up rooms by adding space and letting in more natural light. Since they stick out from the house they also add curb appeal. Like the 3-panel slider, the side windows can usually open to allow air in or out.

6. Bow Windows

Bow windows have a similar style to bay windows.

The differences are that bay windows:

  • Have an arc shape
  • Are usually made of 4 windows
  • Each window tends to be a casement window

7. Transom Windows

  • This is the window strip that goes above doors.

    You can use them to bring in more natural light without letting people see into your home. They’re also great as a decorative feature for interior doors and entryways.

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“So many to choose from! Let’s talk it over while we keep looking around this blog,” suggests Michelle. John nods and the couple gets back to looking.

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