What Are The Different Styles Of Windows?

By Published On: June 27, 2024Categories: Impact Windows
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Windows serve numerous purposes in our homes – they determine the amount of natural light coming in, the level and type of climate elements we allow, and how we enjoy the scenery around our homes without stepping outside.

Deciding which type of windows to buy is an essential decision – in this guide, we’ll take you through available window types and break down their pros and cons.

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Traditional windows bring the timeless charm of classic components to modern architecture. The traditional esthetics of these windows can enhance the overall look of your home, and still give it the historic feel to homeowners looking for a touch of tradition. Here are some of the best traditional window styles in the market today:


1) Single Hung Windows

Single-hung windows are characterized by their signature single, vertically sliding sash. Single-hung windows have a movable lower sash and a fixed upper sash, allowing homeowners to open a single slide. Single-hung windows are available in various materials, including wood, vinyl, fiberglass, and aluminum, allowing homeowners to choose options that best suit their esthetic preferences, maintenance requirements, and budget. They also come in various sizes, configurations, and grille patterns to complement different architectural styles and design schemes.


  • Relatively affordable
  • Easy to clean


  • May require regular maintenance

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2) Casement Windows

Casement windows include one or more hinged sash(s) that open outward like a door. Homeowners can choose to have a single sash or multiple panels, depending on the window size and architectural design of the house.

Casement windows are operated using a crank mechanism or lever handle located either at the bottom or along the side of the window frame. When the crank is turned, or the lever is pushed, the sash swings open outward, allowing for maximum ventilation and airflow into the room.


  • Relatively low maintenance
  • Easy to modify to fit your style
  • Energy efficient since they let in natural light
  • Easy to clean


  • They need clearance space to open (on the outside)
  • They are relatively expensive to install

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3) Awning Windows

Awning windows have a hinged design, with hinges at the top of the frame. This setup lets the window open from the bottom while protecting your home from weather elements. They have a crank or lever handle at the bottom or on the sides for easy operation.


  • Can remain open in rainy climates
  • They offer an airtight seal when open
  • They are relatively affordable


  • Limited space for emergency exit
  • Relatively harder to clean

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4) Horizontal Roller Windows

Also referred to as sliders or gliders, horizontally roller windows comprise of two panels that slide along tracks in the window frame – one sash is typically stuck in place while the other slides to open or close the window.

Sliders save space because they do not require clearance space to open. They are versatile, easy to customize into various designs, and relatively low maintenance.


  • Easy to operate
  • They are energy-efficient
  • They are relatively low-maintenance
  • They are relatively cheaper to purchase


  • Only half the window space can be used for ventilation
  • It may need regular cleaning

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5) Fixed or Picture Windows

Fixed windows are ideal for spaces where light and views alone are required. Such spaces include foyers and entryways, home offices, stairwells and hallways, and dining areas. These are stationary windows that do not open or close and are designed to provide unobstructed views of the outdoors while sealing the interior space from the elements.

Since fixed windows do not open, they eliminate the risk of air leakage and drafts, making them inherently energy-efficient. When properly installed and sealed, fixed windows provide excellent insulation and help improve the overall thermal performance of a home.


  • Energy efficient
  • Cheaper to purchase and install
  • Offer relatively better security
  • Effective noise barriers

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Choosing the right style of windows for your home involves considering various factors such as functionality, esthetics, budget, and specific needs. Traditional window styles like single -hung, casement, awning, and bay/bow windows offer timeless charm and versatility, while contemporary options like sliding and fixed windows provide modern esthetics and energy efficiency. Ultimately, selecting the perfect windows can significantly impact your living space’s comfort, beauty, and functionality, making it essential to explore all available options before deciding.

Are you searching for top-quality windows to enhance your home’s esthetics and energy efficiency? STS Impact Windows, Doors & Roofing offers a wide selection of premium impact windows from trusted manufacturers, ensuring you find the perfect fit for your needs and budget.

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