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11 Types of Windows

September 09, 2020

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Which Type of Window Is Right for You?

Many different window types make up the construction of your house. Consider your needs in each space — such as ventilation, light or privacy — when choosing windows for your home. Some window styles can be opened to let in fresh air, while others are inoperable but designed to allow maximum natural light to flood your rooms. Your windows also help define the style of your house whether it is traditional or modern. You can customize nearly any window to suit your changing tastes and needs.

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Double-Hung Windows

This type of window has two sashes that slide vertically up and down in the frame. They can open wide from either the top or the bottom, but they remain inside the frame so they don't protrude out to the exterior or interior of the house. On a single-hung window, only the bottom part of the window operates while the top part remains stationary. Photo courtesy of Marvin Windows and Doors

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Double-Hung Windows: Pros & Cons

Advantages: Double-hung windows are especially effective air circulators: When they're opened at both the top and the bottom (with the glass stationed in the middle of the window frame), warm air flows out the top opening while cool air sails into the home via the bottom opening. Many people also find them the most aesthetically appealing type of window, and they can be customized with internal grilles for extra architectural appeal.

Disadvantages: The main disadvantage to double-hung windows stems from the effort it can take to move the window panes, especially for people with back problems or limited strength. If not properly maintained, some double-hung windows will have slippage problems where the top sash won't stay up all the way.

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Single-Hung Windows

Single-hung windows look a lot like double-hung windows, but have one major distinction: they only open from the bottom. Where you'll find them: Like double-hung windows, single-hung units are a good general window and are used throughout the home. They used to be found mainly in starter homes, but now are common in many price ranges. Photo courtesy of Jeld-Wen Windows.

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