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Window Openings

Are you shopping for new windows? Well, you may be surprised to discover how many different types and styles of windows there are, not to mention the numerous brands and features. To help break it down a bit for you, here is a brief explanation on the various ways that windows open, broken down by window types.

  • Casement Windows. Casement windows have hinges at the sides and a hand-crank that allows them to open outwards.
  • Awning Windows. Awning windows are similar to casement windows, except that their hinges are on the top of the frame. The windows also open outwards.
  • Double-Hung Windows. Unlike casement and awning windows that open outwards, double-hung windows have sashes that slide vertically past each other.
  • Gliding Windows. Gliding windows are the horizontal alternative to double-hung windows. Their sashes also slide open, except one pane slides horizontally past the other.
  • Skylights & Roof Windows. These windows can open a number of ways, but typically they will open outwards to allow a small amount of ventilation, if they open at all.
  • Transom & Picture Windows. These windows normally do not open and are fixed framed windows. They can be paired with other types of windows that open, but their purpose is to provide an uninterrupted view.
  • Tile Turn & Hopper. A totally different window concept is the tilt turn and hopper window. These open by either swinging inward like a door, or by tilting inwards at the top to provide ventilation.

Deciding which windows are right for your house has a lot to do with what views you are trying to protect, what your security concerns are, and what design you are the most comfortable with. Price-wise, there is not a large difference between the different designs. Request free estimates from a prescreened window installer in your area to help you measure and determine which windows work the best for your home.

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