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Window Types

Top 4 Most Common Window Types

Although there are hundreds of window styles and designs to choose from, there are 4 tried and true window types that make up most of the windows in our homes. Each of the most common window type serves a different purpose and comes with its own advantages and disadvantages.

The most common window types installed in homes are:

  • Double Hung Windows 
  • Casement Windows 
  • Picture Windows 
  • Bay Windows 

Double Hung Window

On a double-hung window, both the lower sash as well as the upper sash can move up and down and usually tilt out for easy cleaning and maintenance. They are the most common replacement windows available in a great range of sizes and materials. Not only are there so many options for double hung windows, but these are an economic pick as well and come in a variety of energy efficient models.  Double hung windows are not considered to be the most air-tight option available.

Casement Windows

Casement windows are hinged on one side and utilize a crank system to open and shut the window. They are often used in tight spaces, such as over a kitchen sink or other hard to reach spaces. Casement windows do not have bars in the middle of the window, providing a clear view of the outdoors. One of their primary benefits is that they seal tightly at all four sides when closed and provide superior defense against air leaks. Casement windows can develop problems over time, however, because of the crank system. The crank handles break, freeze up, become rusted, or break so that is something to factor into your decision making.

Picture Window

A picture window is a large, fixed-pane window. A picture window gets its name because it is designed to give you a clear view of the outside, acting as a picture frame for the scenery outside the window. Picture windows also let in lots of natural light, making your room appear brighter and more appealing. Because these windows are fixed, they cannot be opened for either cleaning or ventilation, however, so it’s important to consider where the window will be placed before deciding if this is the right option for the space.

Bay Windows

A bay window is a three sectioned window that protrudes outward. The center window is a picture window and on either side of the center window are side windows. Bay windows are usually angled and allow light to enter a space from three separate angles. More windows also mean more of a view!

Whatever window type you choose, make sure you put the same care into choosing the window manufacturer. Look at product quality, manufacturers with certifications and their customer service. Check our our article on mistakes to avoid when purchasing replacement windows.

At Wakefield Equipment, our goal is to provide our customers with industry expertise and resources so they can save money, increase productivity and ultimately achieve their business goals.  Wakefield Equipment works with some of the leading window and door manufacturers. The products we recommend are the most cost-effective, labor-saving and innovative glass equipment available.

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