Who knew there was so many different styles of windows to choose from? Really. There is sliding, venting, double hung, geometric shapes, garden windows, etc. There’s even windows for your roof! WOW! That’s a bit overwhelming. You really just can’t call your local window supplier and order a ‘regular’ window. There is nothing ‘regular’ about today’s array of window style options. Understanding the difference between each style will help you to decide which style is the right one for you.
Two major divisions of windows are sliding and tilting. Separated by the way that they vent, these windows are the ones most frequently used for homes and commercial buildings.
Sliding windows are windows that are typically rectangular shaped and made up of two sashes. The sides of these windows are usually short and the tops and bottoms are long. These sashes are inside tracks that allow the sashes to open by sliding along them. Sliding windows typically are a good, economical option. They have a nice, aesthetic appeal, and come in many standard sizes. Some even have options to swing out of the rails for ease in cleaning.
Tilting windows include popular window styles like double hung, awning, and casement.
Double hung windows are rectangular windows that have one sash sitting atop the other sash. Double hungs are the ‘traditional’ style of windows, found in many historical buildings and homes. These window sashes are ‘hung’ inside the window frame and each sash is able to slide up or down for ventilation. Double hung window sashes usually tilt in for cleaning ease.
Casement windows are usually rectangular windows that are tall and narrow. They are hinged on one side of the frame and the other side is able to be opened for ventilation by a cranking mechanism. They can be ‘cranked’ out fully for cleaning.
Awning windows are essentially a casement window on its side. They, like the sliding windows, often have short sides and are long on their tops and bottoms. The glass sash is attached to the top of the frame. The sash vents by opening up at the bottom and ‘hinges’ from the top.
Windows are an intricate part of your home. Choosing your style window depends a lot on what amount of space you have to fill and the general style of your home. Let the window experts at Window Nation help you to find the window that is perfect for you.