Types of Windows

Are you getting ready to build a new home? You have a large number of options when it comes to choosing the types of windows you want. Whether you already know which types of windows you want but are looking to learn a little bit more about them, or you have no idea which windows to get, you’ve come to the right place!

We have compiled a list of all the different types of windows, from popular ones you’ve undoubtedly seen, like bay windows, and ones you may have never heard of, such as transom windows. And if you don’t see the window you want to know more about on this list, feel free to contact us!

What are the Different Types of Windows?

You have several choices when it comes to both the material and style of your windows:

Types of Windows: Materials

You can choose:

  • Wood windows
  • Vinyl windows
  • Aluminum windows
  • Fiberglass windows

Types of Windows: Styles

You have a wide range to choose from when it comes to window styles:

Picture windows: also called fixed pane windows, picture windows don’t open at all and are, therefore, extremely energy-efficient. Like their name suggests, they provide large, unobstructed views.

Single-hung windows: these types of windows can be seen on homes old and new. They have one fixed pane at the top and slide up from the bottom, and when they’re open, they don’t take up a lot of interior space. This makes them perfect for areas where room is limited.

Double-hung windows: one of the most popular types of replacement windows, double-hung windows have upper and lower sashes that slide up and down. They provide superior ventilation and are easy to clean.

Casement windows: these types of windows are also very common and can complement a wide variety of homes. They have a single sash and are hinged on one side. Due to the tight seal created between the sash and the frame, casement windows are very energy-efficient.

Awning windows: awning windows look a lot like casement windows, but they are wider and are hinged at the top, not the side. Like casement windows, they tend to be energy-efficient.

Bay windows: most people know what bay windows are – they are the big windows that project out from a home’s exterior, by two smaller windows (usually casement or double-hung).

Bow windows: a popular variation of bay windows, bow windows are rounded (instead of squared, like bay windows). Like bay windows, they are used mainly for aesthetic purposes.

Transom windows: these types of windows are the ones you see above front entry doors and tend to be long and rectangular in shape. They are good options for brightening dim foyers and front halls and can be seen in many historic neighborhoods.

Slider windows: slider windows have one stationary sash that glides to the right or left, sliding open horizontally. When you’d like to let in a nice breeze instead of running the AC on warm days, slider windows are good options.

Tilt windows: tilt windows, like double-hung windows, provide easy maintenance and offer a lot of ventilation. They tilt in, which makes them really easy to clean.

Hopper windows: hopper windows are exactly like awning windows, except they are hinged at the bottom. Like casement and awning windows, they have a very tight seal and are energy-efficient.

Jalousie windows: also called louver windows, jalousie windows feature parallel louvers (either glass, acrylic or wood) which are essentially horizontal blinds or shutters. The louvers are tilted open or closed in unison. Although not as common in this area, louver windows are more prevalent in warm regions.

If you need window contractors in Maryland, Washington, DC or Virginia, Shanco Companies is your single-source solution. Learn more about which types of windows we offer and give our experts a call today!



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