Windows come in different designs, shapes and styles. Here is a wide range of choice. You will get a window that will suit your needs in terms of functionality and aesthetics. The traditional hinged and sliding windows are still the most common type of windows in the market. To maximize light in a room you can install a skylight on the roof. Louvered windows increase ventilation but are not good at heat retention.
The opening area of a window is importance. Large windows have larger openings. Such windows are effective in ventilation. Smaller openings enhance security. Depending on the purpose of a room, the openings vary. Personal preference also affects the choice of opening.
Some window designs are energy efficient. Such windows help conserve energy. Consider them when searching for windows to install in your home. Hinged windows reduce draft compared to the sliding designs. They are, therefore, more energy efficient. On the other hand, the sliding designs require little maintenance. They only require being cleaned on the tracks and on the panes.
Different rooms require different window designs. The design required for a certain room is dictated by the purpose of the room. One house may require different window designs. The climate and the direction the window faces are also determining factors. New window designs are introduced to the market every now and then. The following are the most common window designs;
Double hung windows
Double hung windows slide vertically. The upper and the lower sashes both slide. Some homeowners install screens on the outer side of the window frame.
Horizontal sliding windows
Such windows open horizontally. The sliding sashes can exceed two. These windows offer a large opening convenient for lighting and ventilation.
Tilt and turn windows
Tilt and turn windows open inwards. They tilt like hopper windows once they are tilted open.
Traditional clerestory windows are narrow windows that run across the top of buildings. Nowadays clerestory windows are wide.
These windows have a shelf installed on the outside of the window. The shelf reflects light back to the room. Such windows are installed in houses where the shelves may reduce the amount of light entering the room.
A casement window has hinges on the sides and opens outwards. They have screens on the inside. They have ventilation advantages.
These are windows made of moveable “sashes” and are designed to be smooth to open. They offer a traditional look and add charm to any home.
Several casement windows together form a bay in your room, called a bay window. This design is versatile, stylish, and floods any room with natural sunlight.
Their panes are arranged horizontally and tilt to open. A lever system is used to open the window. The panes are in some cases made of timber or aluminum.
Skylights and roof lanterns
Skylights have a direct access to sunlight. They allow more light into a room.
Awning windows open outward and are hinged at the top. They are common in snowy areas as they do not allow upward precipitation in. even when they are open.
Transoms and fanlights
Transoms and fanlights are small windows placed at the top of doors. They improve both ventilation and lighting.
Sawtooth roofs were traditionally used to improve lighting in large buildings. In the recent past, they have made a comeback in residential buildings.