Window Types and Shapes

A guide to window types and shapes.

Your options when it comes to window types and shapes are nearly limitless here at Bell Brothers.

We believe in providing our customers with as many customizable options as possible—and now renovating your home with the perfect windows has never been easier! Most of our customers are surprised to learn just how many window options exist.

Let’s look at popular window types and shapes options and how they function.

Double-Hung Windows

As with any investment, there are pros and cons of incorporating double-hung windows.

First, the double-hung windows are quite possibly the most widely used window type. Double-hung windows consist of two vertically placed sashes or panels that move up and down independently.

Double-hung windows are some of the most popular styles.These windows are most popular in homes with a classic or traditional aesthetic such as a classic rambler, farmhouse, or bungalow home.

On the positive side, double-hung windows are widely available and reasonably priced. These windows are easy to open, thanks to their springs and vertical positioning. However, their counter-balanced springs may wear over time and require occasional maintenance to ensure optimal performance.

Casement Windows

These are the second-most-popular windows among consumers and are perfect for those looking to incorporate a slightly more modern style within their home.

Casement windows are mounted horizontally and can be cranked open via hinges mounted on the top and bottom of each panel. While one side of the window remains stationary, the other side opens similarly to a door. This allows for excellent cooling, breezes to enter your home as desired.

Casement windows swing out like saloon doors.

Many customers find that casement windows are more efficient at controlling drafts than double-hung windows simply because their seal is exceptionally tight. These windows also increase security within your home, as the opening of a fully extended casement window is relatively narrow.

However, keep in mind that strong winds may damage fully developed casement windows. Furthermore, their cranking mechanics are known to experience wear and require regular maintenance.

Awning Windows

Very similarly to casement windows, awning windows open and close via mechanical cranks.

Their differentiating factor is the direction in which they open—awning windows open from the bottom, with their top remaining stationary.

This is an example of Awning Windows.

Awning windows are popular in homes with low-level windows, as these windows are perfectly engineered to keep intruders at bay. They are also popular with homeowners in wet climates because awning windows can remain open during rain showers without the fear of rain entering the home.

It should be noted that awning windows do not allow for cooling breezes to enter the residence, as well as casement windows. However, they continue to remain popular among homeowners.

Fixed Windows

Fixed windows are less popular for residential homes and more popular within commercial spaces. A fixed window is simply any window incorporating a large glass panel that is then encapsulated within a window frame.

Fixed Windows do not open or close.

As insinuated by the name, fixed windows do not open and should only be incorporated into spaces where ventilation is not required. These windows provide wonderful views and are a prime source of natural light. Fixed windows are great energy-savers, as they utilize permanent seals.

This style is most commonly incorporated into modern residences and is cheaper than other window styles. However, customers should keep in mind the limitations that come with fixed windows when considering this option.

Slider Windows

Slider windows are most often found in mid-century homes because they were popular additions to newly constructed houses in the 1950s and 1960s. These windows consist of two side-by-side window panels that slide along a top and bottom track. Slider windows do not require crank mechanisms and are therefore highly durable.

Slider windows require a little more cleaning.

Due to their simplistic design, slider windows are largely more affordable. However, customers should be aware of the tendency for tracks to be filled with dirt and dust, requiring frequent cleaning.

Bay Windows

Bay, or bow, windows are a grouping of windows that connect to create a protrusion from the wall surface. If the windows are square, they are referred to as bay windows. If the windows are rounded, they are referred to as bow windows. These windows are historically used to create a focal centerpiece within an ample living space such as a living room, family room, or parlor.

Bay windows are a beautiful enhancement for any home.

While these windows offer incredible amounts of natural sunlight and incomparable views, they are expensive and require much more framework than previously mentioned window types.

Your Perfect Window Types and Shapes are Only a Phone Call Away!

Your window choice can make all of the difference in the aesthetic of your home as well as the property value and your quality of life. No matter which window type you are interested in exploring, your friendly window professionals at Bell Brothers are waiting for your call.

Call Bell Brothers today and schedule an appointment!