It is said that the eyes are the windows to the soul.
It might not be as poetic, but windows on a house are just as important! They can add curb appeal, change the interior feel of your house, and even save you money by being energy efficient.
With so many different types of windows, it can be difficult to decide what’s right for you. We’ve broken down everything you need to know about different types of windows.
10 Different Types of Windows to Boost Your Home’s Value
Curb appeal is the first impression for your home and can boost your home’s value on the market substantially. One area that is often overlooked in a home is the windows, but this area can make a huge difference. Here are 10 different windows that will seriously impact your home’s value for the better.
1. Awning Windows
Awning windows are great for homes that need better airflow but may be vulnerable to leaves and debris from the outside. You often see awning windows next to each other in succession to allow optimal airflow.
An awning window is a simple design that opens out from a hinge using a cranking mechanism inside the house. It is also appropriate for spaces where the width is going to be larger than the height. These windows open out to protect the inside from leaves and rain when open.
Because awning windows tend to be smaller than what the average person can fit through and able to placed high they are good for security in your house.
2. Bay Windows
Bay windows have been known to sell houses because of their dramatic curb appeal. A bay window is a set of three window panes that project out from the house with a central window.
A bay window evokes a castle in the English countryside feel, but can also add a cozy architectural element to a more modest cape cod style house. Bay windows often allow for a window seat on the inside that makes you want to curl up and read a great book.
Bay windows are normally not operational and instead offer more light into a living space. They also give a great eye line to the front yard, which is great for a living or dining room.
3. Double Hung Windows
A double panel sash window is by the most popular choice for homeowners and gives a classic and appealing look to any home.
A double hung window has an arrangement of two panels on top of each other that can both be opened. These windows can only be opened halfway but offer exceptional air flow and an aesthetically appealing look.
These windows are perfect for more restrictive areas because they do not take up exterior space. Unlike awning windows, they stay generally within the boundaries of the encasement.
4. Casement Windows
Casements are similar to awning windows in function, using a crank mechanism to open, but different in key ways.
The most important difference is that awning windows open up, and casement windows open to the side. These windows have a great potential for energy efficiency and saving money on your electrical bills. This is because they are able to be completely sealed when not opened, unlike a double hung window.
Casement windows were popular in Europe before double hung windows were invented. They offer unobstructed views outside and both light and air flow.
5. Sliding Windows
A sliding window is like a double hung window, but instead of being stacked one on top of each other the window is configured horizontally.
Like with an awning window, this type of window is ideal for houses that don’t have a lot of height but have a lot of horizontal space. Unlike double hung windows, sliding windows allow for more of an opening and more air into the house.
Sliding windows are great for over the sink, with sight lines into a backyard to watch children playing.
6. Picture Windows
In the past windows were much more about functionality than about looks. With advances in heating and cooling technology, windows became much more about appeal and aesthetics than cooling a whole house.
A picture window is a large and unopenable window that typically frames a natural feature. If your house is located by a water feature or has gorgeous national park views this is a great option to entice people.
Because picture windows are all about letting in the outside and not opening they are ideal for areas in the house that do not need additional air flow. Picture windows also work best in modern and mid-century modern houses and may look out of place in a more traditional house.
7. Transom Windows
A transom window is not just a window design unto itself, it is often added onto existing windows for added flair. This is why adding transom windows can add instant curb appeal to an otherwise ordinary front on a house or even an entryway.
A transom window is normally a semi-circle or a topping bell shape to connect two longer, rectangular windows. It is a dramatic but classic way to add intrigue and light into any space.
8. Single Hung Windows
We mentioned double hung windows earlier, which open on both the top and the bottom. Single hung windows are similar but they only open on the bottom.
These are the most traditional type of windows and look great in a traditional house. Additionally, when adding a window where there wasn’t one this can be a good option. Single hung windows come in a wide variety of sizes and finishes to fit your needs.
9. Skylight or Roof Windows
Many people are familiar with skylights or roof windows but don’t think that these windows are right for them. However, skylights and roof windows are not only achievable but add a unique look and natural light to any space.
Skylights are stationary and do not open, whereas roof windows are able to be opened, and are appropriate in a loft space such as a converted attic. A well-placed skylight is a good way of incorporating more natural light into your house without cutting into wall space.
When installing skylights or roof windows it is important to bring in a professional and not try to DIY. A company like G.H. Clark Contractors can help you figure out what is right for your home.
10. Hurricane Resistant Windows
Hurricane resistant windows are ideal for those who live in a subtropical or a tropical climate. Some people who live in tornado-prone areas also install these windows in order to reinforce their houses from high winds.
Hurricane proof windows can be put into almost style and help to prevent the windows from shattering in on the house in extreme weather conditions.
Happy Home Renovation!
Different types of windows each have their pros and cons and this decision should not be taken lightly. However, no matter what window style you pick, any house can greatly benefit by replacing windows every so often. This is a great way to redo your house without completely uprooting your life.
For new homeowners check out our 15 ways to make your house feel like home.