Windows come in many different styles, colors and materials. All are designed for different effects and purposes. They can be used in combinations of the same style window, such as a three casement windows, or you can mix it up, such as a picture window flanked by two casement windows.
Each type of window is suited for a different application. Some are great at capturing light or fresh air. Others lend themselves well to designing with shapes, using a variety of styles to make an interesting combination.
Whether considering windows for replacement or new construction, you will probably discover that you need different types. Check out this section to get a better idea of the advantages of each window style and where you might want to use it in your home.
Garden Windows are great for adding some sunshine as well as bringing the outdoors inside. This window is also ideal for adding a small greenhouse for plants, herbs or seedlings into your kitchen or bathroom. The glass top is what differentiates this window from a bay or bow style window.
The side windows come with full screens and are fully operational for adequate ventilation, with or without removable shelves. Optional drip pans can be made of copper or other materials. Corian inserts or other laminants also available to match your current counter tops.
A Bay Window adds a whole new dimension to any room. It is a combination of three or more windows that dramatically extend from your home. They are great in a living room or master bedroom because they accentuate your view as well as bring in more natural light. They make your room look larger than it is.
Available with Double Hung or Casement side units with either a 30-degree or 45-degree angle depending on your desired degree of window sill depth. A bay window is always a three section window unit. Various roof tops will compliment your new bay window.
A bow window is similar to a bay window, except it’s composed of four or more windows joined at equal angles to form a more even curve. This window style makes a great addition to a living room or master bedroom. With it you can accentuate your view, bring in more light or give your room a feeling of spaciousness.
Generally used for a wider wall or opening. Choose from three-, four-, or five-panel rounded designs. The size of the unit will determine whether two, three or four windows can be opened. Typically a bow window has less sill depth than a bay.
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The Double-Hung Window is the most traditional, classic window style. Both top and bottom sashes open which is great as it encourages lots of air circulation. Since these windows open without using any interior or exterior space, they’re a great choice for small rooms or next to walkways, porches or patios where you don’t want a window to protrude.
Available as a single or multiple unit design, they’re great in almost any room where ventilation is needed. They can also be combined with a picture or arch window for a beautiful home upgrade. Both sashes tilt in for easy cleaning. Colonial or contemporary grid styles are optional. Natural wood or maintenance-free wood grain interiors are available, as well as, various exterior colors.
Horizontal sliding windows are a favorite style for any home. Sash glide from side to side on self-lubricating rollers generally made of brass or nylon. Double sliding windows are a good choice in rooms where you want good air circulation, especially if they are the only window in the room.
A horizontal sliding window makes an easy-opening window over kitchen counters and sinks. Some people find sliding windows easier and faster to open than crank-style awning or casement windows. For all of the above reasons, they’re the window of choice in bedrooms for safe egress in an emergency.
A casement window is hinged at the side and opens outward. A great way to provide excellent ventilation—as it literally reaches out and catches the breeze. Similar to a narrow picture window, it has no rail to obstruct the view. The best ones open up perpendicular to the house for maximum ventilation.
Casement windows are either pushed open or they have a hand crank. Screens are placed on the inside of the window, where they’re more protected from the elements. They can be a perfect solution, if you’re installing windows over a sink, countertop or appliance. You can combine them with a fixed transom to create a unique look. Available in double or triple design.
Picture Windows are great for unobstructed views where ventilation is not a concern. They maximize your view, as well as bring in the most natural light. Make a dramatic statement alone or combine with other style windows in your living room, dining room or master bedroom.
Picture windows are appropriate for any home style, from traditional to modern. They create a portrait-like space on your wall and turn it into a living painting. Make them oversized and literally bring the outdoors into your space. Combine picture windows with one or more operating windows for the best of both worlds — ventilation & views.
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Other Window Styles
An awning window is hinged at the top and opens outward. Crank open from the bottom to achieve maximum ventilation as well as protection from the elements. Awning windows are ideal accents above or below picture windows, giving them a place in nearly any style of home.
Awning windows are often used for basements because they can be placed high on the wall to let in both light and air. Awning windows generally are opened with a hand crank. Screens are on the inside of the window, where they’re more protected from the inclement weather.
The Basement Hopper window tilts inward for easy cleaning and operation. It is a venting workhorse, and is great for basements, garages and other spaces. This type of window is great for bringing light into traditionally dark rooms. A hopper window has sturdy, safe locks and reinforced corners for security purposes.
Our hopper window includes a fullIy-insulated glass and durable wool pile seals keep cold air out and warm air in. Included is an easily removable full screen to keep insects out. Swings open from a hinged bottom or a fixed unit. Also available with dryer vent inserts.
A Half-Round, Arch or Radius window creates a beautiful & dramatic effect in any home. With it you can create an elegant custom look for your entry way or above a picture window unit. Or use a half-round window to make a striking door transom that lets more natural light into an entry way.
A half-round window can be tall like a casement window or wide like an awning window. Used in combination with an operating window and you achieve both flair and ventilation. A bank of half-round or arch windows provides a particularly dramatic effect. In a more traditional home, arch windows are used to create a Victorian-like effect.
Patio Doors, also called sliding glass doors, are designed to glide horizontally with one operating panel and one stationary panel. They fit into tighter spaces than our hinged doors because their panels don’t interfere with your room or patio thus allowing you to place furniture nearby.
Patio doors are a great source of natural light and really allow you to bring the outdoors inside your home. They also reduce energy bills, improve your home’s appearance and increase it’s value. Double or triple units, colonial grids available. “French door” sliders available, as well as, traditional swing-out units in natural wood or vinyl.
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