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Whether you are designing a new construction home or planning a window replacement project, you must make decisions on which style window to put where. There are many different types of windows to choose from, and this article will help you make some of these decisions.

1. Double-Hung

Has two sashes that slide vertically, and can open wide from either the top or bottom but remain within the frame. However, on a single hung only the bottom sash will open. With both, the screen is on the outside of the window.

Where to put them – These windows can come in basically any size and are very versatile for any opening. Popular usage in traditional style homes where windows are often one-by-one instead of set in large groups or pairings.

2. Casement

Hinged windows that turn outward from the left or right with an easy to use hand-crank. The screen is on the inside. Great for harder to reach areas like above a countertop or sink.

Where to put them – These windows are prevalent for first floors (provided the outward window doesn’t obstruct a path) because breaking into them is much harder. Casements work great in continuous groups due to having only one sash. As a result, a casement is a great alternative to a double-hung where there are egress requirements but limited space.

3. Picture/Transom

Picture window refers to a stationary window whose sole purpose is style and letting in lots of light. Transom generally refers to a narrow or shaped window mounted above windows and doors to allow in more light.

Where to put them – Often paired together with other operating styles. Very popular as the centerpiece in a bay window. Also, very popular on the sides and top of entry and patio doors.

4. Bay or Bow

Bay or bow windows protrude out from the siding of your house. Bay is a combination of windows grouped in a semi-hexagon. These have a large window in the middle flanked by smaller windows at a 30-45 degree angle. Bow windows are semi-circled alignments of narrow windows of even size often at 10-20 degree angle. See the differences Bay vs. Bow Windows.

Where to put them – Additionally, bay and bow windows are prevalent in the front of the house. They are as visually appealing from the outside as the inside. These styles go great for living rooms or anywhere you want to have maximum daylight and additional interior space.

5. Slider/Glider/Rolling

Operate on a track and open left or right within the frame. Most often used in modern or contemporary style homes.

Where to put them – These windows are popular on houses like ranches where the building is longer as opposed to taller. Likewise, these are a great option if the opening itself is horizontally long. As a result, these are very popular on finished porches.

6. Awning

Awning windows are hinged at the top and let air in from the left, right and bottom for maximum venting. It’s hand-crank allows for ease of operation.

Where to put them – Very popular placed together either on top or bottom of a picture or another operating window style. Often used in sunrooms or walls made up entirely of different types of windows.

7. Hopper

Hopper windows are hinged on the bottom and tilt inward. Similar to the awning, the hopper is a venting workhorse allowing airflow from 3 sides.

Where to put them –  Above all, hoppers are very popular in basements and garages. Also, when placed up high on the wall, a hopper works very well for moisture ventilation in a bathroom where privacy through the window is a concern and obscured glass isn’t preferred.

Get Creative

Mix and match window styles and create pairings for optimal functionality. Plus, use different types of windows to give your home lots of light and ventilation while enhancing the interior style and curb appeal.

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