These Are the Most Popular Window Styles

Ever wondered which type of window is installed most often in residences?  Are fixed windows are option for your home?  And what's up with those door-like casement windows?  You'll know with this handy guide:

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    Double Hung Window: Classic Looks, Easy Lifting

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    Double Hung Windows. Getty / Paul Viant

    It Is:

    Unfamiliar name for a very familiar type of window--a double hung window means that it has two sashes (unified glass and frame units) that slide up or down.  

    Why You Might Want It:  

    You want your home to have a traditional look, but with a modern spin.  Also, because so many window manufacturers make double-hung windows, pricing is competitive and you can find a low cost window with little trouble.  Ergonomically, double hung windows are easy to lift and to close.  Because the tracks are...MORE vertical, they do not fill with dirt.

    Why Not:

    You have children.  Double hung windows can be a safety hazard, as they are low enough for children to access and fall out of.  However, it is easy to install inexpensive window guards that prevent the window from being too high.

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    Slider Window: MCM and Contemporary Style

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    Slider Window. Getty / Zeb Andrews

    It Is:

    One fixed window unit and a second window unit that slides from side to side.

    Why You Might Want It:  

    You want your house to look modern or perhaps have a vintage air (slider windows were popular from the 1950s to 1960s).  You also like the opportunity to open up your house to the fresh air.

    Why Not:

    Ho-hum style.  Except for changing frame materials from aluminum to vinyl or fiberglass, slider windows have barely evolved since their heyday decades ago.  When slider tracks fill with debris,...MORE they can become difficult to move.  So, tracks do need to be cleaned on a regular basis.

  • 03 of 06

    Double Hung With Mullions: Traditional Fenestration

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    Window Mullions. Getty / Klaus Fenzl / EyeEm PREMIUM

    It Is:

    A double hung window with sashes divided by muntins and stiles.

    Why You Might Want It:  

    You want to go beyond the merely traditional style of double hungs and have a super traditional, classic style. 

    Why Not:

    Windows with authentic muntins and stiles are expensive.  One unrealistic-looking alternative:  windows with fake stiles and muntins inserted between the panes of glass in the case of double-glazed (i.e., double pane) windows.  Even worse looking at fake muntins and stiles clipped to...MORE the outside of the glass in the case of single pane windows.

  • 04 of 06

    Casement Window: Cranking It Open

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    Open Casement Windows on House. Getty / Fotosearch

    It Is:

    One side of the window is hinged, while the rest of the window opens like a door.

    Why You Might Want It:  

    Of all the operable windows, casements are reputed to be the best at keeping out drafts.  Casements, too, are superior at bringing side breezes into your house (when you want this) because they "scoop" the air inside.

    Why Not:

    In a hard wind, fully extended casements can break off.  Also, the mechanisms that open and shut the casement windows tend to have a high failure rate.  

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  • 05 of 06

    Skylight: Windows for the Roof

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    Installing a Skylight in a Roof. Getty / KristianSeptimiusKrogh

    It Is:

    A window in the roof.  Yes, skylights are considered to be a form of fenestration--the fancy term for windows.

    Why You Might Want It:  

    You like light and the sky.  Skylights are the best way to bring light into your home.  Also, they are great at ventilating a warm house.  Because hot air rises, and skylights are at the top of this thermal layer, the hot air has a superb avenue of escape.

    Why Not:

    Skylights, like any other operable window, are prone to breaking.  Fixed skylights, though, will...MORE not have this problem (though their problem is that you will not be able to let heat escape by opening them up).

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    Fixed Window: Picture Windows Sealed in Place

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    Modern Fixed Windows. Getty / Spaces Images

    It Is:

    A pane of glass permanently fixed in place in a window frame.

    Why You Might Want It:  

    With no permeable sections for air to infiltrate, fixed windows reign in the realm of energy-saving.  Due to the lack of ornamentation, fixed windows are the most modern-looking of all window styles.

    Why Not:

    The flip side is that, when weather is warm, fixed windows create the need for air conditioning.  Because you cannot open fixed windows, there is no way to get fresh air in the house.