When you are starting the process of choosing replacement windows, it can be easy to get lost in the wealth of information. After all, there are numerous different types of windows, each with its own unique features.
While you could certainly go with the most common replacement windows on the market, there are some really fun and unique window types that can add interest and function to your home.
Not sure where to start? Keep reading to learn about the most popular types of windows for your home!
Design Tips To Keep In Mind
When looking at window styles, it is important to keep the overall design and needs of your home in mind. Here are some tips to help you select the window that will work best in your space.
- Consider your home’s style: Live in an 1800’s farmhouse? Options like glass blocks and sliding windows might look too modern for your home. Alternatively, stained glass and bay windows won’t always fit the look of midcentury ramblers and smaller homes. Staying true to the history and architecture of your house will help your window selection look cohesive.
- Make a budget: It’s easy to get drawn in by the beauty of an arched window or a picture window. But a more expensive window might cost more money than it’s worth. Before you peruse different styles, come up with a price point that works best for you.
1.) Double Hung Windows
If you are looking for a classic look that will never go out of style, you cannot go wrong with double-hung windows.
This is one of the most common types of windows and will last for years. A double-hung window is similar to a single-hung window except for the fact that it can open from both the bottom and top half. Double-hung windows open vertically, making them a great option for small spaces.
They are relatively easy to clean and are a fairly affordable option. A double-hung window can be purchased for $300-800.
2.) Picture Windows
If you have gorgeous scenery visible from your house, you might want to consider investing in a picture window. Picture windows are typically large and have no frame in the middle of the glass. This allows you to have an unobstructed view.
The downside? Picture windows are fixed windows that cannot be opened. So while they add a huge visual impact to any interior space, they do not allow for airflow.
3.) Single Hung Windows
Single-hung windows are structurally and visually similar to double-hung windows. The main difference is single hung windows can only be opened from the bottom half.
They are one of the most affordable window options on the market, only costing between $200-600.
4.) Bow Windows
If you want a window style that has major curb appeal, you can’t go wrong with a bow window.
Bow windows curve outward from the wall, creating a charming look that is reminiscent of an English country home. Because they are more structurally complex, they will likely cost more than other window types. Bow windows range from $800-$1500, depending on the size.
5.) Casement Windows
Casement windows have fallen out of popularity over the past few years. But it’s true what they say: everything old is new again!
Casement windows are sometimes referred to as crank windows, as they are opened with a hand crank. Made of solid glass, a casement window is one of the types of windows that a perfect for homes that would benefit from an unobstructed view.
You’ll get plenty of fresh air from these windows, which open outwards. That being said, they do not come with screens, so if you live in an area with lots of insects, this might not be the best choice for you.
6.) Arched Windows
If you want a statement piece in your home, an arched window is just what you need. This gorgeous style adds elegance to any room.
An arched window frame is curved at the top. These windows do not open and are mostly just for design. Arched windows typically cost $400-$1000, depending on the size.
7.) Decorative Glass Windows
If you have an older home, it’s possible that you are interested in choosing a design that keeps the historical integrity of the house. Decorative glass or glass blocks have an antique feel that instantly adds character.
While you won’t see it in modern homes, decorative glass has never really lost its popular appeal. Like an art piece, there is something timeless about it. Also, like an art piece, it can come with a hefty price tag. Depending on the style you choose, decorative glass can range from $400-$2000.
Decorative glass is great for areas of your home where you’d like privacy, because it does not allow you to see the view outside. If you’re looking to add natural light to a room, decorative glass might not be the way to go.
8.) Awning Windows
Awning windows are unique in the sense that they swing open from the bottom and create an ‘awning.’ These are a great option for those who like to keep their windows clean, as they are easy to access.
Many people enjoy these windows because they can be opened during a rain storm. The awning design keeps rain out while allowing a cool breeze to come inside.
These are affordable replacement windows, as well. The price ranges from $225-450.
9.) Bay Windows
A bay window is similar to a bow window, although they are a bit smaller. Placed on an exterior wall, they extend out, adding architectural interest. Inside, there is typically a shelf added underneath the window, which makes a wonderful place to store any indoor plants you might be growing.
Because a bay window requires hiring window installers with a lot of technical know-how, they are going to cost more that the average window.
10.) Sliding Windows
If you want a window that maximizes space, a sliding window could work well in your home. These windows typically slide horizontally on their frame to open. Because they are wide, they let in lots of natural light while minimally obstructing the view.
How To Choose a Window Professional
If you’re ready to replace the windows in your home, you want a professional who knows what they are doing. After all, windows not only affect the look of your home, but they also help make your house energy efficient. At Jackson’s Home Improvement, we offer free window consultations to those in the Northwest Indiana region. Contact us today to get your window replacement journey started!