Window Types and Styles
If you are replacing a window, it may be best for consistency's sake to buy a unit similar to other windows in the room. But there are many good reasons to take advantage of another of the variety of window types. For example, casement windows offer the greatest ventilation area and seal tightly against the weather. Bay and bow windows and, to a degree, garden windows, provide the illusion of additional space in a room. Fixed windows, of which the picture window is the most common variation, leave no doubt about sealing out the elements. Large ones offer an unimpeded view; small ones look great in gables and other out-of-the-way places.
Some windows are associated with a particular architectural style. For example, double-hung windows are expected in traditional homes; fixed windows are associated with contemporary homes. However most of these types can be added to any architectural style. Muntins and grills can be used, along with interior and exterior trim, to integrate the unit with the style of your home.
Double-hung windows were invented to provide convenient ventilation; the top sash can be lowered to let warm air escape and the bottom sash raised to let in cool air. Today the top sash is often fixed and the lower sash is smaller; with air-conditioning, windows are usually opened only in early spring and late autumn. Sliding windows are much like double-hung windows laid on their side. They are easy to open and simple to maintain.
A casement window swings out like a door to let in cooling breezes. Often a bay or bow window will include casements at each side. Awning windows provide somewhat less ventilation area but offer the advantage of protecting the interior from rain while the window is open. A hopper window is hinged at the bottom and opens inward.
Fixed windows can offer large, unimpeded views. Smaller units are great for hallways or closets, where ventilation is not important. They come in a variety of shapes and are often combined with openable windows to make a dramatic window grouping.Window combinations and skylights
Bay windows add visual interest to a home's exterior and give the illusion of expanded space indoors. The deep sill makes a cozy seating area or a shelf for plants. Bay windows are manufactured ready to install. Bow windows are made of four or more windows set together in a gentle curve. Both types can combine fixed and openable windows. In a similar vein garden windows bumpout to make a mini greenhouse that, while often a welcome addition to a kitchen, can provide space for plants in any room of the house. Usually equipped with two shelves, garden windows can be ordered with openable side windows.
Skylights provide pleasant overhead light and are ideal for spaces in the central core of a home that have no wall windows. They are also ideal for stairways, halls, and bathrooms. Skylights are available with fixed panes or openable, screened units. A tubular skylight pulls in light with less installation hassle than a skylight.
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