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Windows Operating Styles
Home windows come in many styles. They can be used in combinations of the same window, such as a bank of casement windows, or you can mix it up, such as a picture window flanked by two casement windows.
With an awning window, the sash is hinged at the top and swings outward. This allows air to flow into the home with side to side ventilation, while helping to keep the rain out. This style of window tends to be smaller in size and is often wider than it is tall.
Horizontal sliding windows are a common style that is very easy to use. The sash slides either to the left or right, depending on where you wish to direct the air flow in the room. Sliders are a good option for larger window sizes.
Single Hung Windows
For single hung windows, the bottom sash slides up and down to open and close the window. The top sash stays in place and allows light to enter the home, but not air flow. Because they open vertically, they save space when the exterior faces a patio or walking path.
Double Hung Windows
With double hung windows, both the top and bottom sash are operable. Plus, they are easy to clean because the sashes tilt inward, which may be important to you if your window is on a second story. They also offer the same space saving convenience of a single hung window.
Casement windows have a hinge on one side and open outward by rotating a crank style handle. Because they open like a door, they allow the maximum amount of ventilation into the home. They offer an unobstructed view, similar to a picture window, because there is no rail in the center.
Picture windows provide an unobstructed view to the outside for maximum daylighting. Picture windows are fixed and do not open making them ideal for rooms that need more natural light.
Bay windows are a combination of three windows that protrude out from the home for a stylistic touch. They are generally one large fixed panel in the center, flanked by two smaller side lights that open for ventilation. It is common to see a window seat on the inside.
Bow windows are a combination of four or more windows of a similar width, joined at equal angels, to create an arched curve. The repetitive shape provides a distinct architectural effect and can offer additional space in a room.
Radius windows have an arched top and a rectangular bottom. The curve can be subtle or more rounded like a half-circle. These windows are decorative in style and bring a softness to the room.
Garden windows extend out from the house in a boxed format. There is a fixed panel at the back allowing daylight to shine on the interior shelf to grow potted plants. Side panels offer ventilation.
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