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Skylight Windows

Awning Windows

Much like an awning over a storefront or the awning over individual windows of a house, awning windows are hinged at the top and open outward. The slant of the window protects the inside from the rain or other bad weather while still allowing air into a room.

Awning windows may be used in the same places transom windows are placed – above doors and the walls of windows discussed above. You'll find awning windows in Mid-Century Modern houses, some Craftsman, Prairie, and Split-level houses.

Arched Windows
Casement Windows
Awning Windows
Single And Double Hung Windows

No Pane, No Gain: Window Styles Explained

​When a house is being built, contractors will go to great lengths to match window styles with the design of the home. When homeowners are remodeling, however, they don't always know what designs will best suit their home. Some go for big and showy windows, while others go for what the guy down the street has on his house because it looks good. Most of the time, neither route will fit the home’s style or increase its curb appeal.

There are so many house styles nowadays that it can be difficult to install windows that will enhance the look of your home. Homeowners should consider, aside from aesthetics, what new windows can do for them. For example, the right windows can not only improve your curb appeal, but also save you money with their energy efficiency.  What else will new windows do for you? Do you need fresh air in the house, a cross-breeze or just simple ventilation?

While new windows raise the value of the house, the wrong windows will drop it like a rock. Putting awning windows, for example, in a Tudor house wouldn't look right. This guide will walk you through the style of window, its characteristics, and the style of house that would be the right fit.

Single And Double Hung Windows

The difference between single and double hung windows is movement. The single hung window's top sash doesn't move. Only the bottom moves upward to open. Single hung windows are the most popular because they're less expensive, they go anywhere, and look as good as expensive windows.

Both sashes on the double hung window move. The top of the window both moves downward as well as tipping inward for cleaning. The bottom sash moves upward for an opening as well as tipping inward for cleaning.

You'll find single and double hung windows mostly in modern style houses, Cape Cods, Colonial, and Craftsman or bungalow style houses. Double hung windows are ideal for the second floor of a house, so they can be cleaned without getting out ladders, buckets of soapy water, and squeegees. You'll mainly find single hung windows on the bottom floor of most two-story houses, whatever the style of the house.

Replacement Windows And Resale Value

There are no numbers on the different styles of window and recouping their costs at closing. There is, however, an overall idea of the cost of replacement windows as a whole and recouping their resale value. The national average of the job cost to replace windows in 2018 was $15,955. The money recouped from those new windows at closing was $11,855 or 74 percent.

Picture Windows

A picture window is a large expanse of glass, usually without a grille like you would see on a double hung window. Picture windows are found in living rooms or family rooms overlooking a scenic view such as water, rolling fields, and hills, or woods. Sometimes a homeowner will put another type of window beside or above the picture window so that fresh air can still reach the room. In a house like that, you'll often find casement windows beside the picture window.

Picture windows, with or without accompanying casement windows, are found in contemporary architecture, prairie type houses, and Spanish or Mediterranean type houses.

Casement Windows

Casement windows are hinged on the left or right of the frame. When the homeowner turns the crank, the window opens. They allow air into a room without allowing blowing rain or other weather to make a deposit on the floor or wall. Casement windows work well in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and other rooms or spaces in a house where a lot of light and a little fresh air is welcome. They are often found beside a large window such as a picture window.

Casement windows can go into any style house without ruining the look of the style. They're generally found in modern houses, Colonial, Craftsman, Split-level, Ranch, and Mediterranean style homes.

Bay or Bow Windows

Skylight Windows

​Also called a roof window, skylights are positioned on the roof in rooms on the second story or in the rooms of a ranch-style house. Skylights come in two types: those that open like a window and those that are fixed and don't open. The opening type of skylight window also comes in two styles: a crank opening like a casement or awning window, and the type that slides open on a track.

Fixed or operable, skylight windows provide natural light to a room. Operable skylight windows add the option of fresh air to the natural light. Retractable skylights give the room's occupants fresh air and sunshine without the window frame interrupting the view.

You don't usually find skylight windows in older homes or Victorian or Tudor type houses. Depending on the type of multiple roofs your house sports, then that's how many skylights you can have. The style of the house doesn't matter much when you get into the many health benefits from natural light and fresh air.

Transom Windows

Have you ever watched an old movie with Bogie in an office? The wood door had frosted glass with his detective agency name on the door. Above the door was an open also frosted transom window. In the movies, the window vented the smoke from the cigarette you almost never saw Bogie without. Transom windows appeared in the architecture of the early to the late 20th century. By the 1980s, other types of windows with better structure and the beginnings of modern energy efficiency appeared.

Transom windows were designed to go over doors, for the most part. They can also go over walls of windows in a house, though, instead of casement windows. You'll find transom windows in Modern, Contemporary, Prairie, and Spanish or Mediterranean architecture.

Arched Windows

Arched windows are just what they sound like: square windows with an arch at the top. The look is reminiscent of the arches on Roman aqueducts. You generally see arched windows in churches. However, arched windows in houses usually appear over the front door, where they are called Palladian windows.

Instead of a wall of glass, some houses use the arched window flanked by different styles of windows such as casement, double hung windows, or custom shaped and/or sized windows. Arched windows don't open. They usually have a grille, but can come without one. Arched windows add elegance to an otherwise humdrum room.

More modern houses don't have arched windows. You'll find them in Colonial, Victorian, and Spanish or Mediterranean style houses. 

Slider Windows

Sliders are windows whose sash slides either to the left or right instead of up and down. They're perfect for homeowners whose health prevents them from moving windows up and down. They're also just right for those with outdoor kitchens or outdoor living spaces. All you have to do is slide the window open and pass food to someone to place in the outdoor kitchen. Slider windows are also good for rooms looking out to a covered porch or a room added onto the side of the house with the slider window.

Certain styles of house require certain types of window, or the look will be off or not balanced. You wouldn't want to put slider windows, for instance, into a Tudor or Victorian house. However, they would go well into Contemporary, Modern, Ranch, Craftsman, and Split-level houses.

Bay or Bow Windows

Seen from the outside, these windows protrude from the house. They are symmetrical, giving the house an elegant look. From the inside, the windows extend outward, giving you extra space and extra square footage. One window typically doesn't open, while the sashes on either side do. All three windows have a grille.

A bay window has a more square appearance, with a center picture window and two casement windows on the sides. Sometimes the two side windows are double hung instead of a casement. The picture window does not open. All three windows have a grille, although you can get a bay window without a grille.

A bow window has a more rounded look. The bow window features from four to six slimmer windows. One, two, or all of the bow windows can open via casement window crank. All of these have a grille as well. However, you can order bow windows, too, without a grille on any of the sashes.Once, bay or bow windows were only found on Victorian houses. Today's architecture makes room for bay or bow windows, or their Victorian counterpart the oriel, in any style house. You'll find bay or bow windows mostly in two-story houses of modern design. They will also be seen in Split-level, sometimes on Ranch, Craftsman, and Colonial style houses.