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Window Styles & Materials

When it comes to window types, there are many to choose from. Each type of window is different, so it’s important to evaluate all the pros and cons to find the exact style or functionality that you are looking for.

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Window Shapes & Styles

Single Hung Window

Single hung windows are among the most common of window types. In a single hung window, the lower sash can be opened either by pivoting inward or sliding upward. The upper sash is a fixed window, meaning it can’t be opened. These windows are one of the most inexpensive windows available, but they don’t allow for great ventilation. They are relatively low maintenance, but it may be difficult to clean the outside of the window.

Sliding windows are another type of single hung window that slide sideways instead of up or pivoting. A single hung window typically costs between $190 and $500 per window.

Double Hung Window

A double hung is another common type of window. In a double hung window, both the upper and lower sash may open either by sliding or pivoting. This makes it easy to clean and they offer great ventilation. However, the rail that separates the sashes may block your view. A double hung window will usually cost between $450 and $750.

Bay Window

Bay windows have three sections that curve outward, creating a “c” shape. The center window is usually a fixed picture window and the side windows are another type of window, often a single hung. Bay windows create extra space and allow more light into your home. However, they are more expensive than other types of windows and can be difficult to find treatments for. For the whole window, it can cost between $1,150 and $3,550 on average.

Bow Window

Bow windows are similar to bay windows but they are usually made up of four matching windows creating an arc shape. Most people use casement windows in the bow window set up. Bow windows offer the benefits of letting in more light and adding value to your home. However, bow windows are expensive to install and framing them can be tricky. A bow window can cost between $1,400 and $3,800.

Arched Window

Arched windows are windows that are rounded on the top. Arched windows make a great architectural addition to your home. However, most arched windows don’t open, so they won’t add any ventilation. It also makes it impossible to clean them from the inside. Arched windows typically cost between $325 and $500 per window.

Awning Window

Awning windows are great for rainy areas because they create a water-resistant awning when they are opened. The whole window can open or may be placed above a fixed picture window. Awning windows are great for ventilation and letting in light. However, they are often opened by a crank which will break over time, and awning windows can break off in a high wind. On average, you can expect to pay between $420 and $760 for an awning window.

Egress Window

An egress window is the window inside a window well. Egress windows are often found below ground level in basements and cellars. The main purpose of an egress window is to provide an emergency escape route since they don’t let in much light. Some cities require egress windows by law. An individual egress window can cost between $1,000 and $5,000 for installation.

Casement Window

Casement windows are windows that open out on hinges instead of sliding up or pivoting. These windows are usually operated by a crank. Casement windows offer great views since there are no rails in the middle, and they are often better at blocking drafts and noise. However, casement cranks can wear out over time and if the casements are open during a windy day, they can break off. Casement windows can cost between $450 and $750.

Storm Window

Storm windows can go over most types of windows and offer an additional layer of insulation and protection against the weather. They sit in the same frame as the existing window. They range in cost between $200 and $460.

Window Types & Materials

Wood Window

Wood-framed windows have been a popular choice for a long time. It’s easy to see why: they look beautiful and can be either stained or painted. Many window types can have a wood frame. Wood windows are also very energy efficient. They are great insulators and may save you up to $501 a year in energy costs. However, wood frames do require more maintenance. They are more vulnerable to water damage, rot, and termites. They are also more expensive to install.

Vinyl Window

Vinyl is quickly becoming the go-to choice for window frames. Vinyl frames don’t ever need to be repainted and they are very cost-effective. They are cheaper to install and help lower your energy costs. Plus, vinyl window frames can be made in a variety of colors or styles so it’s easy to find a favorite. The only downside is that if you want custom vinyl windows, it will be more expensive since vinyl is hard to shape.

Fiberglass Window

Fiberglass is a very versatile product. It is incredibly strong, which means that window frames made from fiberglass will last longer. Fiberglass is also ideal for mounting larger windows. Fiberglass windows are energy efficient and offer great insulation. They are easy to take care of and will last a long time. However, they are more expensive than other types of windows and there are fewer color options.

Aluminum Window

Aluminum windows are sleek and very low maintenance. Aluminum window frames are lightweight and will typically last longer than vinyl windows. Plus, they are flexible and so make a great option for unique window shapes. However, aluminum frames are not well insulated and can lead to condensation, so they don’t work well in humid or beachy areas.

Wood-Clad Window

If you like the look of wood but worry about keeping up with the maintenance, then wood-clad windows are a great option. Wood-clad windows are wood windows covered in an additional material like fiberglass or aluminum. They are energy efficient, durable, and very customizable. However, they do cost more and the cladding can separate if not taken care of.

Composite Window

Composite windows require the least amount of maintenance. They are durable and come in a huge variety of styles. However, not many manufacturers make them and so you’ll find the cost is often higher. Composite windows also come in many different combinations and kinds of composites which can sometimes be overwhelming.

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