Types of Windows
They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul. If that’s the truth, then windows must be the expressive “eyes” that add character and personality to your home. There are several different types and grades of windows. Windows are built in a variety of styles to fit the style of your home. Casement, sliders, raisers, picture, arch windows and many other shapes will expand your imagination with many possibilities. Window materials, shapes, and sizes vary considerably, as well as terminology, so you should read your manufacturer's literature carefully. Replacement windows for homes almost always need to be custom-built to your requirements as well as specifications for correct installation.
A casement window is attached to its frame by one or more hinges. Casement windows are hinged at the side. Casement windows aren’t used as much as they used to be. Many of the terms used to describe the parts that make up a casement window also apply to other windows. The window is made up of one or more opening casements, hinged along one side. Top-hung and side-hung casements are available.
A sliding window is a horizontal window with sashes that slide back and forth. It is very much like a double hung window turned on its side. The window opens by moving the sashes to one side or the other. Sliders are known for their ease of use and contemporary styling.
This is a distinctive, traditional design with two vertically sliding sashes. Modern sashes are made of wood or vinyl, and some versions allow tilting of sashes for easy cleaning.
The top sash is fixed in place and does not move or tilt in, but the bottom is operable
Bay Windows are comprised of 3 windows in an angled arch shape, with the center window generally much larger than the other two. All three can be fixed windows, or sometimes the two side windows are casements or double hung. This type of window style will make the room seem more spacious; adding a window seat and much more sunlight in that area, without requiring added square footage of floor space. They are a beautiful addition to living rooms, especially for anyone who enjoys reading a good book from their window seat.
Bow Windows are comprised of 4 to 6 windows in a gentle arch shape, where all the windows are the same size. Typically we see all of the windows as fixed windows, but they can also be a series of casements, double hung, or a combination. Like the bay windows, they add the feeling of extra space with a window seat and plenty of natural sunlight brightening the room.
Architectural Shape Window
An arched window is a window with radiating glazing bars that imitate a fan. A few examples of these are; arch, half-moon or eyebrow shaped. These windows can be placed above any window and will enhance the room they are in and allow for more light.
Butt hinges are used along the top edge of older designs; newer awning windows use friction hinges at either end of the top edge. Both arrangements allow the bottom edge of the window to swing open.
In closing, choosing the type of window for your home may seem like the most important part in the process of replacing your windows, but making sure you understand all of the operating and maintenance directions is even more important. Know that the possibilities are endless with replacement vinyl windows. It doesn’t matter what the style of your Arkansas home is; Cape Cod, country French, Colonial, Victorian, Tudor, Craftsman, cottage, Mediterranean, ranch, or contemporary, you will find exactly what you are looking for! If you are interested in getting a free estimate for vinyl windows, calls Wilson’s Home Improvement today and schedule an appointment with one of our Estimators.