Top 7 Residential Window Styles

October 18, 2013

Here’s a fact: choosing replacement windows for your home (whether you need better functionality or an updated style) can be tremendously overwhelming, especially if you don’t have the slightest clue as to what you’re looking for. Luckily for you, we’ve been around the block a time or two and seen first hand which residential window styles are most popular. If you find yourself at a crossroads (or simply don’t know where to start), take a look at the styles below and begin to narrow down this tricky endeavor.

(HINT: Any and all of these styles can work with the style of your home. It all comes down to which functionality features are right for you.)

bay windows

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Have you ever enjoyed a sunny day from the comfort of a window seat? Then you’re familiar with a bay window. Formed from a combination of three separate windows joined together in a curved fashion, bays extend from your home to create an elegant, unique look. This style is most popular in bedrooms or living areas – any room that serves as a relaxation space.

single-hung windows

Functional. Elegant. Traditional.

Considered a more traditional style, single hung windows only raise up from the bottom, whereas the top portion is fixed in place. These are a great choice for any space within a home, so long as you’re not set on top-notch ventilation functions.

double-hung windows

This style adds flair to any study or home office.

Consider double hung windows king of the window style market. Why, you ask? Because they do it all – great appearance, great functionality, great versatility. This style of window opens from both the top and bottom, creating the perfect amount of natural airflow. What’s more, these bad boys tilt in to provide easy access for cleaning every surface both inside and out.

sliding windows

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If ease of use is what you’re after, sliding windows fit the bill. Both sashes have the ability to open, which provides excellent ventilation throughout your home. Not sure where to place a sliding window? They work best in hallways or small spaces where protruding windows wouldn’t make sense.

casement windows

Create an upscale, European feel with casement windows.

The European feel of this popular window style makes them a favorite for areas like the kitchen that require a lot of ventilation. How do they work? Hinges exist only on one side so they open outward (usually by way of a hand crank).

Fixed Windows

This style is for the gazers.

You might consider fixed, or picture, windows more of an artistic statement rather than a functional addition, simply because they don’t open or close. But there are still advantages to this popular style – unobstructed views and lots of natural light.

awning windows

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Awning windows are hinged at the top and open outward. They not only offer great ventilation – just like casement windows – but they can also be left open during rain or snow storms because the glass covers the actual window opening, preventing any water or mist from sneaking inside your home.

There you have it, folks – the seven most popular window styles for homeowners just like you! Any of these choices can adapt themselves to fit the style of your home’s interior or exterior, so making a selection truly comes down to a matter of functionality.

Need an expert opinion?

Best Investments has installed replacement windows in the Houston metro area since 1977. Contact us to schedule a free, at-home, no obligation window consultation. During this time, we’ll inspect your current windows, discuss your needs and budget, and recommend a window at a price that will work for you!