Window Types and Styles

Many people are unaware of all the window styles available to homeowners.  Read a description of each below as well as a Typical Application.

Window Styles

OutlineNameDescriptionTypical Applications
AwningWindows that are hinged at the top that swing out for ventilation.Bathrooms, Combine w/Large windows
single- or double-hung
Single/Double HungA window with two sashes where one or both sashes slide vertically.Bedrooms, Family Rooms, Kitchens, Dens
Horizontal Slider or Rolling window
Horizontal Slider or Rolling windowA window with two sashes where one or both sashes slide horizontally.Bedrooms, Family Rooms, Kitchens, Dens, Combinations
CasementA window or windows hinged on one side that open as far as 90 degrees to the building using a crank.Bathrooms, Bedrooms, Living Rooms, Combine w/Large windows
Direct-Set GeometricsThese are fixed windows. Since they have no moving parts, they can be tailored to meet just about any desired geometric shape.Entry Ways, Living Rooms, Combine w/Large windows
Circle Top
Circle TopAs the name describes, these windows typically have a flat bottom and a circular or arched top. These are typically used in combination with another window or door.Entry Ways, Living Rooms, Combine with doors or large windows


Examples of Combinations

Angled Bay
Angled BayA single large, fixed center window with 2 windows at 30, 45, or 90 degrees to the building. Side windows are typically vertical sliders or casement.
BowFour or more windows configured to form a radius. Typically made of either vertical sliders or casement windows.
Picture Combination
Picture CombinationA single large, fixed center window with 2 adjacent side windows. Side windows may be either horizontal or vertical sliders or casement.
2-WideTwo vertical slider windows installed side-by-side. This is a basic building block for a “wall of windows”.
3-Wide with transoms
3-Wide with transomsThree vertical slider windows installed side-by-side with awnings or fixed transoms across the tops.
2-Wide with transom
2-Wide with transomTwo casement windows installed side-by-side with an awning or fixed transom across the tops.
CathedralTwo casement windows with a half cloverleaf top circle
Three wide with awnings
Three wide with awningsThree fixed windows with awnings on the bottom.
2 replies
  1. Taylor Bishop
    Taylor Bishop says:

    You are right; I was completely unaware of all of the different types there are with windows! The combination these windows have were interesting. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bow arrangement in real life before, so it’s interesting to read that they a combination of either vertical sliders or casement windows. Now I’m going to pay more attention to the windows I see!

  2. Logan Kevin
    Logan Kevin says:

    Window can increase the value of your home. So window installation is important. There are variety of window designs and sizes are available. And you should choose according to your needs and preferences. The window styles for any space can be determined by a number of factors and that includes: natural ventilation, daylight and energy efficiency goals. Some examples of variety of window styles are tilt and turn windows, awning windows, fixed windows, casement, single or double hung and slider windows. And some examples of window types are aluminum window, wood windows, aluminum clad windows etc.

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