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Whether you are designing a new construction or planning a window replacement project, you will be faced with making decisions on which style window to put where.

This article will help you make some of these decisions and provide ideas you might not have thought of before.

1. Double-Hung

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

Where to put them – These windows can come in basically any size and are a 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 located on the inside. Great for harder to reach areas like above a countertop or sink.

Where to put them – These windows are very popular for first floors (provided the outward window doesn’t obstruct a path) because they are much harder to break into. Casements work great in continuous groups due to having only one sash.

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. Found 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 together 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 – Very popular for rooms in the front of the house as 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 – Popular on ranches where the home is more horizontally styled. Likewise, these are a great option if the opening itself is horizontally long. Very popular on finished porches.

6. Awning

Hinged at the top, awning windows let in air from the left/right and bottom for maximum venting. Hand crank 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 windows.

7. Hopper

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

Where to put them – Very popular in basements and garages. 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. Give your home lots of light and ventilation while enhancing interior style and curb appeal.

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