The Most Popular Home Window Styles
- Casement Windows. Casement windows open with a hinge on the side of the window, operating somewhat like a door. This means that casement windows can easily be fully opened for a clear view and great ventilation. Casement windows are also quite easy to clean due to their wide range of motion, and offer effective protection against the elements.
- Awning Windows. Awning windows are similar to casement windows, except that they are hinged at the top and open outwards. They offer similar benefits to casement windows in view and airflow. They also can be left open even in the rain, since the outward-opening design deflects water from entering your home. However, they can be harder to clean.
- Fixed Windows. Fixed windows are a type of window that does not open at all. They are simply built into your home, and allow no ventilation or air flow. Because they can’t be opened, they are a good choice for security needs, and offer the best protection against weather and heat loss. You can consider fixed windows in areas where light and decoration are your most important priorities.
- Double-hung Windows. This type of window includes two components called sashes which slide up and down. They are a popular choice when an air conditioner installation may be needed, since they can easily accommodate a window AC unit. They are also easy to clean and offer good ventilation. However, in many cases they won’t offer the same unobstructed view that might be possible with a casement or awning window.
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