There are so many brands of windows, styles of windows, glazings, finishes, handles, and insulation options — it can be overwhelming. We know there are a lot of considerations to take into account when selecting your home’s windows, so we’ve crafted Bavarian Window Works’ Windows 101 blog to help you decide.
Types of Window Styles 101
There are all sorts of styles to consider when choosing windows for your home. Here are some of the most popular kinds:
- Arched Windows — Have an arched/curved area at the top of the window.
- Awning Windows —Swing open from the bottom, rather than slide open.
- Bay Windows — A larger grouping of three or more panes in an angled design.
- Bow Windows — A larger type of bay window made from a grouping of three to six panes in a similar design.
- Casement Windows — Hinged at the side or top and swing open.
- Double Hung Windows — Both the top section and bottom section slide up and down to open.
- Egress Windows — Generally used for basements, in order to provide a fire escape route for occupants.
- Garden Windows— These windows built out from the home to add light and shelf space.
- Picture Windows — A large, fixed pane of glass that doesn’t open.
- Round Windows — Round in design, can include muntins to divide the glass.
- Single Hung Windows — The lower section of glass slides upwards to open.
- Skylight Windows — These windows are built to bring the light from above into your space.
- Sliding Windows — Open horizontally along tracks to the left or the right.
- Storm Windows — A window that fits over an existing window to provide extra protection and insulation.
- Transom Windows — Generally installed over a door or larger window as a design element.
Window Design Considerations
Whether you are replacing existing windows, planning a renovation, or building a new home, there are many design options to consider.
Homeowners should ask themselves what the purpose of the windows will be:
- Is it to provide a great view?
- Is it to bring more natural light into the space?
- Is it allow for more fresh air?
In some cases, a window installation will allow for all three of these purposes, but it really depends on your unique situation. Ensuring that you begin the selection process with these integral questions will help you determine which style of window you want.
Window Glazing and Tinting 101
In order to provide increased energy efficiency, windows come treated with all sorts of different kinds of glazing. Types of glazing will vary based on the brand, but generally, they fall into three categories:
- Single Glazing or Tinting — Used on clear glass, this provides the lowest amount of insulation and lowest reduction of glare.
- Double Glazing or Tinting — This is when you have a window with two panes of glass, to create additional insulation and reduced glare.
- Double Glazing on Low-E Glass — Two panes of glass have glazing and the space between the windows is filled with argon gas to reduce heat loss but allow for solar gain.
- Triple Glazing on Low-E Glass — Three panes of glass have glazing and the argon gas between, and spacers to support increased insulation, gas-tight sealing, accommodate stress from temperature variations, and act as a moisture barrier.
Once you decide on the type of windows, you can select the materials and colours. Windows are most commonly available in wood, vinyl, and fibreglass — or as a hybrid, incorporating two types of materials in one window.
Colours and finishes will vary from brand to brand. If you’re looking for something specific, you may want to go for a specific brand and our team can help you find the right window brand to fit your specific needs. We offer a wide range of options and have access to enough different styles, colours, and finishes to satisfy any requirements.
There’s a lot to understand about windows. Come and visit Bavarian Window Works, and our expert team will help you find the perfect windows for your home.