Single-hung windows, especially common in the coastal areas of the United States, are recognizable by their fixed top sash. In addition, because only the bottom half of the window is operable, it is less susceptible to rain leakage and wind infiltration.
Similar to single-hung windows, double-hung windows are divided into two parts. However, both parts can be raised and lowered, introducing easy access to airflow. Double-hung windows are especially useful in households with children, as the lower portion of the window can be secured.
Sliding windows, most commonly found behind kitchen sinks and counters because of the minimal space they require, open horizontally. As a result, they are generally wide, framing spectacular views and allowing for plenty of airflow in the summer months when opened.
Casement and Awning Windows
Casement and awning windows are virtually identical. However, casement windows are installed vertically and awning windows horizontally. Both provide extra security in rainy and windy climates, as they are opened with a hand crank.
Picture windows are usually large, attractive windows that don’t open. Used to frame gorgeous views, they are especially useful in windy climates, as they let in ample light without sacrificing safety.
Acrylic Block Windows
Acrylic block windows, most often found in bathrooms and showers, are blocks injected with resin. Acrylic block windows allow for privacy as well as light and can also be used to create sidelights for windows and shower enclosures.
Hopper windows are a basement’s best friend, but are also useful in garages, attics, and other areas with limited window space. Basements generally only have a few feet of space above ground level, and hopper windows utilize that space.
Bay windows are boxy, protruding windows, usually divided into three parts: a large central window with two casements on either side.
Bow windows protrude from the house in the same way that bay windows do. However, they are curved, and have three or more equally sized panels.
Garden windows also stick out from the house, but are usually a bit smaller and provide a perfectly shaped space for shelves, where plants and succulents can be placed to receive sunlight.