Your windows help define the style of your house whether it is traditional or modern. With so many different window styles available you could find any window to suit your tastes. Below are the most popular window styles homeowners and designers choose at Gulf and Basco.
On a Single-Hung window the top sash (or panel) is fixed in place and does not move or tilt in. Meaning the bottom part of the window operates while the top part remains stationary. When open the bottom sash will partially obstruct the upper sash.
These windows are often the standard window options used in homes mainly because of cost but they do have their limitations. You will have limited ventilation so in rooms that require more ventilation, such as a bathroom, you might have higher moisture levels and little relief from humidity. Additionally, cleaning these windows can be difficult, particularly for those with windows off the ground or on higher floors.
Double-Hung windows are one of the more popular window styles. These windows have two sashes that slide vertically up and down in the frame. They can open wide from either the top or the bottom, but they remain inside the frame so they don’t protrude out to the exterior or interior of the home.
Most manufactures also allow the sashes on a double-hung window to lean. This makes cleaning the exterior of the windows extremely easy from all levels of a home.
A casement window is hinged on either side and opens outward using a crank handle. These windows open wider than any other window style and can give you the maximum amount of airflow. When properly installed, casement windows can minimize your heating, cooling and lighting costs. Casement windows tend to have lower air leakage rates due to the way the sash presses against the frame.
This window style is great if you’re looking for lots of natural light, increased ventilation and energy efficient windows.
Awning windows are a great way to let in a nice breeze on a beautiful day. Hinged at the top, awning windows open outward to let in air from the left or right and the bottom. They can be installed above, below or alongside a stationary or operating window.
Most window manufacturers offer a variety of shapes and color options to make your awning windows blend with your design style. They can also add a unique look to the outside of your home. They are easy to keep clean and their energy efficient glass helps keep you and your home comfortable no matter the season.
A sliding window is a window that opens by sliding the panes side to side on a track in the window frame. This is a good option if your window space is much wider than it is high. This window style is most often used in modern or contemporary style homes.
Bay or Bow Windows
Bay or bow windows protrude out from the exterior of a home. At first glance these windows can look a lot alike. Both will open up a room and let it breathe, giving the appearance of more space and letting in more light while adding a splash of glamour. The major difference is a bay window has three opening, available in angled projections while a bow window usually has four or five openings, available in angled projections.
These windows are a non-operable windows that are designed to fill large spaces in a wall. They can provide an expansive view of the outside and are an excellent choice if you want to let in more light and increase the curb appeal of your home.