So Many Windows: Pro Tips for Choosing Window Styles

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Casement windows offer picture views with a breeze like this sweet window seat nook. photo credit: Milgard's Essence series.
Casement windows offer picture views with a breeze like this sweet window seat nook. style: Milgard’s Essence Series.

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Why so much hoopla about windows? Well, if you think about it, besides your exterior doors, this design element is unique in that it greatly impacts your home’s appearance and functionality from both the interior and exterior of your home. This makes choosing the best styles for each space that much more important.

If your home is in need of new windows, you’ll love today’s post. We’ll describe seven common window styles with handy design tips and uses, as well as benefits of each that might just surprise you. We’ll then feature some of our favorite high-quality designs from today’s sponsor, Milgard Doors & Windows.

7 Window Styles + Design Uses + Benefits

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#1. Picture

Picture windows

Picture windows do not open, but provide, as its name suggests, a picturesque view to the outdoors. With expansive glass and an assortment of colored framework available, they can bring a balance to your home’s sightlines and add architectural interest to your home. Even more, these view-to-the world windows allow in natural light from hard-to-reach places such as high walls, stairwells and even attic spaces.

Exterior picture black frame
Exterior picture windows add to the drama of this modern home. style: Trinsic Series with black framework

And because they can’t be opened, there is a natural reduction in heat loss and drafts. Additionally, you can choose from a variety of glass options that can add style, privacy and shading to any room.

Obscure glass like this Rain style gives privacy and light to a space.
Obscure glass like this Rain style gives privacy and light to a space. glass style: Tuscany Series specialty glass.

#2. Horizontal Slider

Horizontal Slider

Horizontal slider windows open from left or right, a perfect design choice for placing in tight spaces or where the exterior contains obstacles like trees or walking paths. The primary styles include single slider, also handy for basement room egress needs, or double-slider, where two sliding sashes flank a fixed window – a great way to let in fresh air and add circulation to a space.

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These horizontal single-slider windows give wonderful views and allow in lots of light and circulation. style: Trinsic Series single-sliders
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Horizontal double-sliders offer expanded views and different options for ventilation. style: Ultra Series double-sliders

#3. Single Hung

Single hung window
Single hung window

Both charming and practical, single hung windows consist of a bottom sash that moves up to open and can easily be positioned to offer the amount of breeze you wish. With no protruding parts, this style of window is also smart to place in small spaces like bathrooms or closets and where the exterior may have trees, bushes or walking paths.

The benefit of installing new windows includes having access to new innovations like the Milgard SmartTouch® lock which allows for super easy opening and closing (available in the single for Tuscany® Series and the double hung for Essence Series® as well as horizontal sliders on both).

Tuscany single-hung window
Single hung windows offer style and views with a breeze. style: Tuscany Series single-hung
Tuscany series Milgard SmartTouch® lock
The Milgard SmartTouch® lock is designed for easy opening and closing. style: Tuscany Series Milgard SmartTouch® lock

#4. Double Hung

Double Hung windows
Double Hung windows

Double hung windows are touted as being the most popular and versatile style due to both the bottom and top sashes being able to move up or down. This makes controlling ventilation a breeze (eh-hem).

Installing double hung windows in most living spaces is an easy design decision, as they provide lots of options for light, circulation, and won’t protrude over exterior obstacles. With the Milgard double hung design, both sashes tilt inward, giving homeowners easy access to clean the interior and exterior glass, making this style easy to use and a sensible choice for second and third story rooms.

Essence series living room double hung windows
Double hung windows are both charming and functional, especially for 2nd or 3rd story rooms. No more climbing up ladders to clean them – just tilt them and clean! style: Essence Series living room double hung windows

#5. Casement

Casement window
Casement window

Casement windows are also quite practical, and are attached at the side with a hinge within a common frame. They move outward, generally by way of a hand crank.

StyleLine casement hand crank.
Casement windows are opened by hand crank. style: StyleLine Series casement hand crank view

Because of this design, the benefits are plenty: breeze can be directed and specifically angled into a space, heat and cooking odors are easily ventilated, and, because of its picture-glass style, views are unobstructed. Casement windows would work wonders in kitchens, bedrooms, laundry rooms, office spaces and bathrooms.

Essence arched casement window
Casement windows come in many different styles and allow for controlled airflow. style: Essence Series Radius Casement window

#6. Awning

Awning window
Awning window

Awning windows are a type of casement window only the hinge is located at the top as they open outward. They are also typically smaller in size and can pair well with different window styles.

Their greatest advantage is that they can be placed in areas needing ventilation with some protection from the elements like tree debris and rain. Installed above picture windows in great rooms, living rooms and bedrooms is a wonderful way to take advantage of their stylish functionality. Basements are common areas for awning windows, as they are suitable and stylish to place high on the wall, solving the difficulties of accessing light and fresh air in spaces with a limited above-grade egress.

It’s amazing how you can change and enhance the look of your home’s interior and exterior simply by considering the framing materials of your windows. You can choose quality vinyl windows for all kinds of style homes, or aluminum for a more modern, industrial or an updated twist on mid-century modern look. The Milgard Essence Series showcases both functionality and beauty with their picture-over-awning windows framed in Douglas Fir.

Essence series awning window
Combine awning windows with other styles like these picture windows, framed with Douglas Fir. style: Essence Series awning window

#7. Specialty

Tuscany Radius windows
Tuscany Radius windows

Windows help define the style of a home and can greatly impact the look and feel of your existing architecture. There are many specialty window styles to choose from that can suit your personal needs. For example,  the circular and arched tops of radius windows add a visual softness to the hard lines of a room.

Tuscany radius
Placing specialty windows in different spaces throughout your home will bring character and light to your home. style: Tuscany Series radius casement window

Bay or bow windows increase interior square footage for spaces like that much wish-for window seat and bring unending charm to your home as well as cute curb appeal.

StyleLine exterior radius
A mixture of window styles creates a beautiful and charming curb appeal. style: StyleLine Series exterior radius

So, you see, as elemental features of a home go, windows are essential to elevating that specialness so many of us are looking to achieve.

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  1. Picture
  2. Horizontal Slider
  3. Single Hung
  4. Double Hung
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  6. Awning
  7. Specialty

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Written By Skaie Knox

Skaie Knox is a storyteller on a quest to provide sparkling content through copywriting, songwriting and video production. She is founder of HomeJelly, Ruggable.com's key copywriter, a published singer/songwriter (Fervor Records/ASCAP) and kid's book author (Big Bug Lunch!). For doable DIY video tutorials, subscribe to her HomeJelly YouTube channel (for link, click on my nose!).