With so many industry terms used, shopping for windows can be overwhelming if you’re not in the know. The best route is to work with a knowledgeable, skilled professional who can answer your questions and explain the differences between a double hung and a casement window, for example. But if you’re still in the research phase of browsing for the windows that best meet your home and family needs, then the following definitions can help get you started.
The shape of your window can help bring out the beauty of your home’s architectural design, be it a Cape Cod, a Colonial, a Raised-Ranch, a Tudor, and so on. The window can also play a big part in the home’s interior style, allowing for picturesque views through a wall of windows or adding natural light to a room with rustic decor. The following are a few popular window styles to consider:
windows contain two movable panes of glass, known as “sashes,” that move up and down to let air in through the bottom, top, or both.
windows are similar in look to the Double Hung; however, only the bottom sash opens for ventilation.
windows are hinged on one side and open out, similar to the back cover of a book stood on its end. Air comes in through the entire window, and the flow of the air can be directed according to the angle of the window opening.
windows take full advantage of the views around the home, offering stationery windows in larger sizes that do not open.
windows open similarly to Casement windows, however the hinge is at the top of the window frame instead of on the side. Use above Picture windows to increase airflow.
Bay and Bow:
windows are a collection of three or more windows that angle out beyond the exterior wall of the home, offering more space and potential interior seating. The windows that make up this collection can be single-hung, double-hung, casement, or picture style.
windows open side to side to allow for full window ventilation but without the necessity for exterior space for the window to open, as in the case of the Casement.
Designer Window Terms
In addition to the shape of your window, there are other details that enhance the overall look and style, including:
You have multiple material options of what your window will look like from inside your home. Vinyl is a more budget friendly option. Wood–often pine, maple, oak, etc.–costs more but may better match the character of your home.
includes locks, lifts, and rotating openers that are typically available in plastic or metal options.
are decorative touches that can divide a solid pane of glass to look like multiple panes.
Exterior options allow you to customize how your windows will look from the outside. This includes the window color and the trim profile and color.
At TruHome Inc., we understand that while efficient, quality windows can go a long way toward improving your home and life, they are also a big investment. That’s why our experienced window professionals will walk you through every step of the process to discuss the options best for you. From choosing a product that won’t make you feel like you’re throwing money out the window to installing your windows professionally and efficiently, our TruHome Inc. experienced window professionals will ensure all your window needs are met.
Contact us for your free, no-obligation replacement windows assessment and estimate with financing options available. TruHome Inc. is based in Monroe, WI and proudly provides services throughout the Tri-State area.