Window Style Guide
Stuck when it comes to choosing the right type of window for your home and lifestyle? Here’s what you need to know.
To begin, it’s impossible to make informed choices without understanding these terms:
Finding a window that embodies the look you want inside and outside your house.
Single- and Double-hung Windows
- Found on traditional Cape Cods and colonials, multistory Victorians, early-20th-century bungalows, and other architectural styles that are considered “period”.
- Muntin and grille designs give strong stylistic hints, but basic design stays versatile.
- Appropriate for all but the most modern contemporary home designs.
- Tend to be more tall and narrow, so wider wall openings typically feature multiples, sometimes with a large fixed window in the center.
- Ranch, Prairie, and other 20th-century home designs often feature this window type.
- Grilles help create a more traditional look, while large expanses of glass provide a contemporary feel.
- Feel more traditional when fitted with muntins, but are more contemporary in general.
- Because of their strong horizontal orientation, they work best with Ranch or Prairie-style homes with strong horizontal lines.
- When large and uninterrupted by muntins or grilles, they give a very modern feel.
- Can copy most traditional looks with smaller-sized windows and grilles with appropriate trim.
- Are able to complement a more traditionally styled larger home.
- For smaller homes, which tend to feature simpler window shapes, they are more appropriate for contemporary designs.
Your new windows should be easy to operate and let in the light, not the bad weather.
- Provide generous ventilation because the entire sash swings open.
- Exposure of the outward-swinging frame is only problematic in the case of sudden rain.
- High winds can also be problematic.
- Because they are horizontally orientated rather than vertical, they are able to shed water harmlessly if left open during a rain.
- Can be used along, but are often installed above or below large picture windows for ventilation.
- Best when used in areas where maximum views are the objective. Offers the least visual obstruction.
- Ventilation requirements are often solved by pairing operative windows above, below or alongside.
- Provide more light and ventilation in a given amount of wall area.
- Create a more spacious feel
- Provide room sill shelves, window seats and other features.
- Bring a lot of charm.
When choosing new windows for a bedroom, remember that many casement and awning windows do not meet building code requirements for egress windows, where passage in the event of fire is provided.