A window is a vented barrier provided in a wall opening to admit light and air into the structure and also to give outside view. Windows also increases the majestic facade of building.
When we talk about home windows, there are plenty of alternate options to fit any home’s style or budget. There are many different windows to choose from and each window type serves a different purpose. Windows will give aesthetic appearance to the building.
Selection Criteria for Windows– there are following factors involves while selecting suitable window in a particular place:
- Location of room
- Size of room
- Direction of wind
- Climatic conditions
- Utility of room
- Architectural point of view
Now move forward to discuss what are the windows styles available for us that we can install in our home:
1. Arched Windows
Arched windows have rounded tops that add an architectural design to any home. Most arched windows are stationery; do not open or close and are often installed above standard windows to provide ventilation. Some arched windows can open the way like a casement window.
2. Awning Windows
Awning windows are ideal for people living in climates with a lot of rain. These windows are created in a way to act as a water-resistant/spiller when opened.
3. Bay/ Bow Windows
Bay windows stick out from an exterior wall and create a small shelf in the home. Bay windows formed of set of flat windows arranged into an angled frame that are built outwards of the home walls. This usually consists of a center window, from which two side windows are angled at 30 to 40 degrees. A bay window costly to install; and requires a skilled installer as it is a larger window.
Bow windows are custom curved windows that create a circular area outwards from the home exterior walls. You can add amount of window panels you want to create the curved bow window.
4. Clerestory/ Ventilators Windows
Clerestory windows are provided for the room which has greater ceiling height than the other rooms. The shutters able to swing with the help of cord over pulleys.
5. Corner Windows
As in the name depicts; corner windows are provided at the corners of room. That means corner windows has two faces in perpendicular directions. This type of windows supports the flow of the air and light from two different directions. To install this type of window special beam is provided in the wall.
6. Casement Windows
Casement windows can swing out to the side or up to open; allows the window to be build of solid glass and present a less blocked view overall. A casement window usually comes with one casement window pane on the left and one on the right as seen in the photo below.
7. Double / Single Hung Windows
With single hung windows, the bottom window panel or lower sash moves up and down, and the upper part remains fixed. A double-hung window is similar to a single hung window however both the lower part as well as the upper part can move up and down and can usually be tilted out for easy cleaning and maintenance. The major difference between a single hung window and a double hung window is the way it’s different sections move.
8. Egress Windows
Egress windows are designed for safety more than anything else. These types of windows provide an escape route when an emergency such as a fire, for example, prevents you from exiting through a door. Egress windows are typically installed in the basement of your home. Some countries require you to install an egress window in your home for safety laws. An egress window may require an area to be excavated in order to install it properly.
9. Garden Windows
Garden windows are basically mini bay windows that are meant for plants. Likewise their name; they serve as a tiny little greenhouses that stick out from the inside of your home.
10. Glass Block Windows
Glass block windows are considered as accents and are added to a section of the home to increase light flow. Most commonly, they are frosted or adorned with a patterned design, which provides simultaneous light and privacy. They are ideal for use in bathrooms, basements, and other private spaces.
11. Hopper Windows
Hopper windows open from the top and usually crank open to tip down. They make efficient use of compact spaces, and are commonly used in basements or bathroom. They provide excellent insulation, because they seal up against the frame when closed all the way.
12. Jalousie Windows
Jalousie windows open like a set of blinds; are a unique window style that splits into many different planks of metal or glass.. Simply pull the lever and the planks tilt to the side, which creates a series of gaps for air to flow through.
13. Lantern Windows
Generally, they are projected from the roof surface so, can be closed when we required. Lantern windows are formed over the flat roofs. The main purpose of this window is to provide the more light and air circulation to the inner rooms; where there is no option for exterior windows.
14. Picture Windows
Picture windows are large window types that don’t have any panels or visible frames, resulting in an clear beautiful view. Whether the view outside your home is a lush green backyard or a mountain range, or city lights; the best way to fully enjoy your view is with picture windows. Picture windows are fixed and cannot be opened.
15. Round /Circle Windows
Round/ circle windows includes many different shapes that add architectural interest to your home; it could be round, half round, elliptical, or oval. Generally, round windows give your space a touch to historical decor, such as Victorian or Gothic era structures.
16. Skylight Windows
Skylight windows allows more natural light to your home when you have limited options with your exterior walls. It’s basically a window for your roof, and it installs similarly to a roof vent/ lantern windows.
17. Sliding Windows
Sliding windows have two sections that are usually made from single windows, and one of the sections slides horizontally overtop of the other to open or close.
18. Storm Windows
These are exterior windows that install right in the same frame as your current windows. Storm windows add another layer of blocking out flow of air and heat loss and are perfect for when cold weather prevails. Storm windows are also perfect for areas where weather get rough often.
19. Transom Windows
Transom windows count in decorative accent window types that add a unique design focal point. These windows are installed above doors in upscale homes, or even above other windows in some instances. They’re typically a semicircle shape, but they can be square or rectangular as well.