Different Kinds of Windows and What They're Meant For

Are you exploring replacement windows for your home? If so, you may be feeling overwhelmed by the options available to you. If phrases like "low E" and "casement" have you feeling baffled, not to worry! We've put together a list of common window types (plus some of their pros and cons), so you can be better informed. From there, you'll be able to select the right windows with confidence!

Sliding Windows

One of the most popular window types is the sliding window, which looks and operates just as the name implies. Typically, sliding windows consist of two panes that slide open and closed either horizontally or vertically. Many people opt for sliding windows in their homes because they're easy to operate and come in a wide range of styles to suit your tastes. However, they do require regular cleaning, as dirty and clogged tracks can prevent the window from opening and closing properly.

Single/Double-Hung Windows

Single- and double-hung windows are also very common in residential construction. In fact, there's a good chance that your home has some of these windows already. Specifically, these windows consist of two glass panes that are counterbalanced with weights or springs. With a single-hung window, one of the panes is stationary, while the other glass pane can be slid up and down. With double-hung windows, both panes can be moved.

Because this window type is so popular, many homeowners enjoy how affordable they are and the wide selection that is available. However, because the springs and/or weights used as a counterbalance can break or wear down over time, these windows do require some maintenance and upkeep.

Fixed Windows

As suggested by the name, a fixed window refers to one that cannot be opened. These come in a wide array of sizes and styles, all of which are excellent for letting light into your home and opening up any space. And because they don't open, they require very little maintenance aside from routine cleaning. Of course, fixed windows may not be ideal if you're looking for something that will allow fresh air to circulate throughout your home.

Casement Windows

Another window style to consider is a casement window, which is sometimes referred to as an awning or hopper window. These windows are made of a single frame that can swing open from a fixed point, often using a crank or similar mechanism. These windows are great for ventilating a space while still offering an unencumbered view of the outside. However, they can sometimes require a bit of work to open and close. This can especially be the case with larger casement windows. Fortunately, with proper installation, opening and closing a casement window shouldn't be any more difficult than opening or closing a sliding or single/double-hung window.

Which Windows Are Right For You?

At The Window Depot, we offer these popular window types and so much more—including energy efficient low E windows to help you save on your heating and cooling costs. Contact us today to explore our quality windows and request a quote for your home!