With variances in both shape and function, there’s a lot to consider for window design with replacement windows or windows for homes undergoing new construction. For first time homeowners who may not be aware of different window design styles, here’s a list of the top 8 most popular window designs.
SINGLE HUNG WINDOWS
Single hung windows are a classic and simple design choice for any home. With single hung windows, the opening comes from raising the bottom half of the window up for open air. The top sash remains stationary allowing for one-way minimalistic use. Single hung windows combine state-of-the-art engineering with a clean and classic design style.
DOUBLE HUNG WINDOWS
One of the most common windows selected by homeowners, the double hung window, consists of two sashes to maneuver as opposed to one moveable sash like the single hung window. This functionality allows for either the top or bottom half of the window to be open at one time. Double hung windows give multiple ventilation options while still remaining easy to use.
For a window with more airflow, a casement design allows for full maneuverability with a vertical hinge. Casement windows can swing either in or out (similar to a door) and are operated with a crank system. Architectural Openings and Access works with window manufacturers that even feature patented wash modes for casement style windows.
Similar to casement windows, awning windows are also crank operated, but are hinged horizontally as opposed to vertically. The window sash for awning windows are attached by either one or multiple hinges to the top of the frame and for an outward swinging window.
Bay windows are commonly used to create a nook space in the home. The structure is made up of a series of windows, usually 3 or more, that connect and open to a view. Design options are generally picture windows that are flanked by smaller windows at specific angles. The bay design is a classic window style with versatile uses.
Bow windows are very similar to the look of a bay window design by opening to a view with three or more connected windows. They share the same style and are composed of the same window types to make the open shape, but rather than having angled edges where the windows connect, they round in a half-circle shape to create a unique space in the room.
TILT TURN WINDOWS
These windows bring a classic design with a simple and minimalistic style. Tilt turn windows are considered to be versatile in function while remaining simple to use. The state-of-the-art engineering showcases a European design style where the tilt turn window can either swing in like a door or be tilted upward into the home for easy ventilation. With a single handle, both functions can be controlled.
With tracks running both above and below the window, sliding windows open by pushing them to the side. This very popular window type is also generally inexpensive compared to other designs. The sliding window’s easy-to-use functionality and durability makes it a popular choice for many residential homes. This design also makes an excellent alternative to casement windows where the vertical hinge maneuverability may not be practical.
While Marvin Windows and Doors does provide all of the above classic window styles, partnering with them gives us the opportunity to offer custom made windows for your home. Virtually any idea for window shape and size can come to life with Marvin’s expert craftsman at work. Marvin is known for their expert ability to create beautiful custom window designs for new construction, existing, and even historical properties. We’d be happy to work with you to find the perfect fit for your home.
These 8 window types are extremely popular choices when selecting window designs for your home. While they may be common in many residential households, there are still many other design styles to choose from. Working with an expert representative throughout the buying process will help guide you to the right options for your home style and price point. Keep in mind that the above listed window designs are just touching on the shape and function of each type. There are different frame material options, colors, and varying energy efficient glass to select from as well. At Architectural Openings and Access, we specialize in finding and installing the perfect windows and door products for you and your home. Products optimized for overall performance and longevity. So next time you’re in need of windows, doors, or hardware, Think Local, Think Quality, Think AOA.