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If you’re planning to replace the windows in your Chicago area home, now is the perfect time to ask yourself whether your current window types are truly meeting your needs. Are your house windows just as stylish, easy to operate, ventilating, and brightly lit as you’d hope? If not, then why not upgrade to a more suitable window design?

Check out the brief guide below to start better understanding window types and help you select the perfect style for your next home improvement.

Most Popular Window Types

The specifics of any window installation in Chicago will vary based on a number of unique characteristics: the size and shape of the window opening, how often it will be opened and closed, how much wall space is available, the homeowner’s aesthetic and budgetary preferences, and even more. Based on these particular characteristics in your home, you can select the ideal design from the many common window types:

  • Double Hung Windows: One of the most popular window types, double hung windows have two operable sashes (instead of just one). Slide the top sash down or the bottom sash up!
  • Slider Windows: Just as the name suggests, slider windows glide open. Their hassle-free function and space-saving design make them one of the most popular window types.
  • Casement Windows: Timeless casement windows swing (or crank) inward or outward to open. They’re often appreciated by Chicago homeowners for their full, top-to-bottom ventilation.
  • Bay Windows: Bay windows are crafted from three large glass panes joined at an angle. They extend beyond your home’s exterior wall to create an instant focal point and visual centerpiece from the curb.
  • Bow Windows: Bow windows are just like bay windows except they’re created with more glass panes for a gentler, curved appearance.
  • Picture Windows: Picture windows are a unique style in that they cannot be opened. The stationary design makes them highly energy efficient and also affordable.
  • Custom Windows: Custom windows can be crafted into interesting shapes, welded into unique configurations, and installed on even the smallest walls. They’ll truly make your home stand out.
  • Garden Windows: Garden windows jut out in a similar manner to bay and bow windows, but they’re typically smaller and enclosed with glass on the top and all sides.
  • Hopper Windows: Hopper windows are comparable to awning windows but reversed. They swing inward from a bottom hinge and work well at the top of basement walls.
  • Awning Windows: Awning windows swing outward from a hinge at the top, creating an “awning” from the curb that also works to block out rain and falling debris.
  • Octagon WindowsEnjoy the classic beauty of an octagon window in a fully operable window.

Energy Efficient Design

After design aesthetic, one of the main reasons most Chicago homeowners are interested in a window replacement is for for the energy efficiency savings. Thanks to our long-established partnerships with leading manufacturers, we guarantee energy efficiency with all of our window styles. If your windows are letting in cold air in the winter or are heating up in the summer, it may be time to get them replaced with our top-of-the-line energy efficient windows that can save you hundreds of dollars a year.

Get Started with a Free Consultation

No matter which of these many window types sounds most attractive to you, WindowWorks would love to help you customize the final result! We offer free design consultations and can provide as much or as little styling guidance as you’d like.

Want some more help understanding window types and choosing the right model for you? Just give us a call or fill out our online form to get started with a free cost estimate today.

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