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Most Popular Window Types Pros and Cons

Posted on October 28, 2016

Choosing the right type of window is important not only for the exterior but also for the interior of your home. Apart from contributing to the overall appeal of your home, windows make it possible for light and fresh air to enter your home. You should consider different types of windows for different rooms they will be placed in, as well as the purpose you want them to serve.


Whatever windows you choose, though, make sure you maximize their potential with window film installation. Window tinting films can serve a variety of purposes – as decoration or anti-shatter, to reduce the amount of heat and UV-rays, but most importantly – they can blend with almost any window style.

But first things first – let’s take a look at some of the most common and most popular window styles.

Casement Windows

This type of windows is hinged at the side, rather than at the top (like awning windows) or bottom (like hopper windows). Their hinges can be adjusted to open angled or outward.

Pros: Casement windows keep out the draft and let in waves of lights. Since their hinges can be adjusted to open either outward or angled, casement windows can bring in the side breezes or enable direct breeze better than any other window type.

Cons: They have a somewhat unstable mechanism that shuts and opens the window, so they’re prone to breaking. Also, in case of a rusty of otherwise faulty hardware, they are easy to break into. They also don’t come in a variety of sizes.

Awning Windows

They are similar to casement windows, with one difference – they open horizontally, rather than vertically.

Pros: They allow for a large amount of light to come in and can be easily adjusted to let in just the right amount of air. They offer the same contemporary look like the casement windows but are deemed safer.

Cons: Awning windows are unfit for a quick escape in case of a fire or other perilous situation. They can also be dangerous to walkers-by if placed too low because of their open-projecting sashes.

Double-Hung Windows

A double-hung window has two movable (operating) sashes, so it allows the air to come in from the top, the bottom, or both, as opposed to a single-hung window, which has just one sash at the bottom.

Pros: Double-hung windows blend perfectly with traditional styles, but give them a modern twist. Due to their popularity, they are manufactured at a large scale and by many companies, so the prices are competitive, meaning you can find a quality window at a bargain price.

Cons: They offer limited ventilation and are generally not as airtight as other windows. Modern models are better constructed, though.

Fixed Windows

Fixed-Windows-Window-Tinting-MurrietaAs the name suggests, these windows are not operable, meaning you cannot open them.

Pros: This is the most modern window type and by far the most desired, especially in the form of large picture windows. They are an excellent way to incorporate the outdoors into your interior design. That way, the interior of your home will look spectacular. They are also safer because there are no moving parts.

Cons: Like with all fixed windows, no air is allowed in or out of the place, which usually creates the need for air conditioning. This is where it’s imperative you consider installing window tinting films, especially with larger windows; window films can help reduce harmful UV-rays and glare without reducing the amount of natural light. They can also reduce the amount of heat, and thus – reduce the costs of running your AC!

Slider Windows

A slider window actually consists of two windows: one is fixed, whereas the other can slide from side to side.

Pros: These windows allow lots of fresh air into your home. They can also give your house a vintage look – they were extremely popular in the 50s and 60s.

Cons: What’s really vintage about these windows is the mechanism – the technology behind making this type of window hasn’t changed since back in the day. The bottom line: it’s not exactly reliable.


Put simply, it’s a window in the roof.

Pros: Excellent for ventilating farm houses. Ideal for stargazing enthusiasts.

Cons: Operable skylights are prone to breaking. Fixed skylights, on the other hand, don’t have that problem, but they don’t let any air in or out.

Transom Windows

Also called a fanlight, a transom window is a semicircular or rectangular window that can be put above a larger window or above the transom of the door.

Pros: It’s ideal for hallways, when you have only so much space to afford a small window, but want to allow for a portion of light. They can be fixed or operating, meaning they can also enable a breath of fresh air into an otherwise unaired room.

Cons: Since they are usually placed closer to the ceiling, they can be difficult to clean unless you have an adjustable angle squeegee.

Bow Windows

Also called curved bay windows, this type of windows covers the area beyond the designated exterior of a room. As the name says, they are curved.

Pros: They can sit nicely with smaller spaces and serve the purpose of expanding the space by ‘’cutting into’’ the exterior. They look chic and add a classy note to a house exterior.

Cons: Because of their angular shape, it may be difficult to find suitable window treatment equipment and install adequate blinds and curtains. They also allow for that extra light you may not want, especially if you prefer darker rooms.

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