Window companies offer a wide selection of window types depending on your building specifications, needs, and design preference. Different window types come in varying size, shape, color, material, hardware options, and accessories.
You have to determine the function or purpose of getting a specific window type for your home or office space. You might want something that would increase the light or that would offer you a better view of the outside. You may want to enhance the architectural feature of the room or define the style of your space. There are specific window types that are suitable for more ventilation, emergency opening, or added privacy. Here is an excellent guide to the different window types as well as their advantages and disadvantages.
Casement windows, which are side-mounted, have sashes that can be operated towards the inside or the outside. They can be hung in pairs or as a single unit. They are most suitable for difficult spots like on top of sinks or bathroom mirror, providing excellent ventilation. Casement windows are easy to operate and easy to clean. One disadvantage is when the casement hardware or hinges are rusty or unstable (like in old homes or buildings), then it can increase the likelihood of breakage or accident.
Awning windows, which are top-mounted, have sashes that tilt out at the bottom part. Although they offer limited light and ventilation, these are perfect for areas where you need privacy and security, like the bedroom. They can be paired with other types of windows to let in more light and air as well as for enhanced aesthetic quality of the space. One disadvantage is because awning screens are positioned on the inside, all the dust and dirt would fall directly to the floor instead of onto the sash.
Double-hung windows have top parts that can be opened and bottom parts that remain fixed. Other double-hung windows in the market today allow the upper outside sashes to slide down and the lower inside sashes to slide up. Still, there are some double-hung windows where you can tilt, rotate, or even remove the sash. It means there are hidden springs or components to aid in the various maneuvers you want to do for this window type. Because of its beautiful style, it is the chosen window type for many areas around the house and even in office buildings. It is easy to operate and gives maximum ventilation. One disadvantage is when you want to control the amount of air that comes in or goes out of your space, the double-hung is not the right window to choose, because it leaks more air than any other window types.
Bay windows have its center parallel to the wall and cannot be opened. Its side windows are attached at a specific angle and can be opened for maximum light and ventilation. This window type adds depth and character to a room. Living rooms and bedrooms as well as dining areas are some of the places you can find this window type. One disadvantage is that you can only open the two sides flanking the center window and since they usually have no screens, dust and bugs can enter freely on your space.
Nevertheless, you can find other window types in the market today. You can order a custom-designed window if that is what you like.