From the bathroom to the basement, most homeowners install windows throughout their home to provide natural light and enhance visual appeal. If you are looking to purchase new windows, you may find yourself overwhelmed by how many different types of windows are available. To help you find the perfect style for your home, we’ve put together this helpful guide.
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A Few Simple Questions
Deciding what windows are best suited for your home can be challenging, but a few simple questions can help you narrow down your choices and find the right style window for every room in your home:
- What is your price range?
- What frame materials would you like to use, and what type of glass?
- Where are you planning to install your windows, and what height and width would you prefer?
- How long should your windows last without needing replacement?
- By answering these questions, you can find out what window style will work best in your home.
Your window’s frame material will affect your window’s durability, heat transferability, upkeep cost, and aesthetic appeal. Here are your basic options:
- Wood is still a popular choice, especially for interior window parts since it has low heat and cold conduction and is resistant to condensation.
- Aluminum windows are cost-efficient, lightweight, resilient and do not require much maintenance.
- Vinyl framing has low heat transfer, protects against condensation, and will not rot or fade with time and exposure to the elements.
- Fiberglass framing is a long-lasting option, resistant to thermal expansion and heat conduction, waterproof, and sturdy enough to protect against cracking, peeling, rusting, and warping.
There are several factors to consider when selecting your type of glass pane:
- Low-E Glass. If protection against heat is critical for you, low-E (low-emissivity) glass can help block heat while allowing light to enter your home. It can also shield your interior from ultraviolet light that can otherwise cause your carpeting, furniture, and upholstery to fade.
- Double- & Triple-Pane Glass. To properly insulate your window and protect against condensation, double- and triple-pane glass is ideal.
- Tempered Glass. Consider using tempered glass if you are concerned about your pane shattering and sticking to double-strength glass to help resist breakage.
- Sound. Finally, if outside noise is a problem, find a windowpane with a high sound transmission class rating, which can reduce how much sound passes through the glass into your home.
The key elements to consider when choosing between types of windows for your home are:
- Whether you plan to open your windows
- How you plan to maintain your windows
- How much light you want to let in
- Your windows’ appearance both from the outside and inside of your home
Here’s a quick overview of the most common types of windows, so you can make the right choice for your needs:
- Single & Double Hung Windows. The classic choice for most regular windows, a double hung window uses two moveable panels to let in fresh air to your home, while a single hung window only has one moveable panel. Many models of single and double hung windows allow you to tilt your panes inward for easier cleaning.
- Sliding Windows. A popular choice for contemporary home styles, sliding windows move along a track horizontally, allowing for easy ventilation.
- Casement Windows. Featuring a crank on either the left or right side of the pane, casement windows pivot outwards to offer greater ventilation for your home as desired.
- Accent Windows. A great choice for visual flair, accent windows come in a variety of shapes and sizes. These are usually fixed windows.
- Storm Windows. Made from aluminum to enhance their durability and often featuring a painted finish to increase their lifespan, storm windows are well-suited for protecting your home from damage during inclement weather, including hail and hurricanes.
- Picture Windows. Another fixed window style, picture windows are designed to provide you with a beautiful view through a single pane of glass. These windows can be quite large, so incorporating an energy-efficient style of glass is recommended.
- Glass Block Windows. The ideal option for most bathrooms, glass block windows are made from individual blocks and sealed with mortar or silicone. These windows help bring light into your home while providing you privacy, and some models even offer ventilation options.
- Bay Windows. For creating a centerpiece in your living room, bay windows are the perfect choice. These projection windows extend out from the house, providing you a stellar view while expanding the seating or storage space in your home.
- Awning Windows. Typically featuring sturdy hardware and locks to enhance home security, awning windows use a top-hinged panel that tilts upward and outward from the bottom to keep rain out while open.
- Basement Windows. Like awning windows, basement hopper windows are typically heavy-duty but offer a bottom-hinged panel. Since they open from the top, the windows help provide proper airflow to your basement.
Find the Perfect Windows at Grayco
We hope that this guide to the different types of windows has been helpful. If you’re ready to purchase new windows for your home, visit your local Grayco Window & Door Center today. Our knowledgeable specialists are ready to assist with any questions you may have.