Understanding Window Types

Hoppers, awnings, double hungs? Find out what makes these replacement windows different and choose the perfect design for you.

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 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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Modern Window Types

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. Thanks to our long-established partnerships with leading manufacturers, we guarantee modern energy efficiency with all of the most common window types.

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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