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Window Styles: Understanding Window Style Names

Window Styles: Understanding Window Style Names

November 18, 2019
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If you’re shopping online, visiting a dealer, or even asking your friends about their windows, the terms being used can be confusing. There are a lot of window styles out there, and most of the time, the window names can make things even more complicated. In our two-part blog series, “Window Styles: Understanding Window Style Names,” we’re going to:

  1. Cover some of the more popular window styles
  2. Give you a visual example of what they look like
  3. Share pointers on why you may want to consider installing them in your home
Part 1 is going to explore single hung windows, double hung windows, and horizontal roller windows. Next month in Part 2, we’ll dive into casement windows, awning, picture, and architectural windows.

But first, let’s talk about why window styles are important. If you’re building a new home or remodeling an existing one, windows play a significant factor in the look of your home. Depending on the style of your home’s architecture, making sure your window style aligns with it is essential. Knowing window style names will help you better communicate with your architect, contractor, or local window dealer when it comes time to make a purchase.

What Are Single Hung Windows?

When you think of windows, odds are the first thing that pops into your mind are single hung windows. This is the oldest and most popular window style. When looking at a single hung window, the bottom portion (the panel that moves vertically) is called a sash. The sash is a single operational panel that lets you open and close the window from a single location. Most single hung windows will have a traditional sweep lock, but some manufacturers may offer a bottom lock option. Also, the moveable bottom sash can tilt inward for easy cleaning of the exterior pane.

What Are Double Hung Windows?

When looking at double hung windows, they look similar to single hung windows. But double hung windows get their name because they have two sashes (operational panels), which gives you more versatility. A benefit of double hung windows is that their sashes may be opened simultaneously to create natural convection. This natural convection allows fresh air to come in from the bottom and hot air to escape out the top. Additionally, double hung windows also admit a significant amount of natural light into your home. And when it comes to clearing, well double hung windows are easy to clean. Since double hung windows allow for both sashes to raise, lower, and tilt inward for cleaning, this type of window is often chosen for this reason.

What Are Horizontal Roller Windows?

Whereas single hung and double hung windows move vertically, horizontal roller windows move left to the right, hence the name. Tracks are built into the top and bottom of the frame to allow horizontal roller windows to be opened and closed horizontally. Many horizontal roller windows feature removable operating panels for easy cleaning. These windows allow for an uninterrupted vertical view and significant airflow into your home.

No matter the type of window style you select for your home, there are a few things you should always keep in mind:

  1. Pick the right team: Whether you’re working with a builder, contractor, or directly with a dealer, make sure they’re qualified. Ask them for references, manufacturers they like to use, and dealers they enjoy working with. Do your research and make sure your investment is in the best hands possible.
  2. Care and maintenance: Like any investment, you need to give a little TLC to your windows. Check your manufacturer’s guidelines for the care and maintenance of your windows. 
  3. Warranties: It’s never fun to think of “what if…” but it’s good to know you’re covered if something ever does happen. Before investing in windows, make sure you understand their warranty, what’s included and what isn’t covered. Then there will be no surprises down the road.