Doors and windows are crucial for your home’s aesthetic and functionality. However, when shopping for new windows or doors, it can be hard to keep track of all the names and how they operate. So here is a guide to help you understand what each type of window and door is so you can ask for the perfect option for your home.
Types of Windows for Your Home
Whether building a new home or remodeling your existing home, new windows will improve your curb appeal by leaps and bounds. So let’s talk about each of them so you can find the perfect window option for your home. And remember, you don’t have to commit to a single type of window for your entire home; you can mix and match these depending on the location.
The awning window is mounted vertically to the home’s exterior, and there is a hinge at the top of the window that allows it two swing outward. This outward swing creates an opening at the bottom, leaving the window panel at a diagonal. These are great for opening during rain storms since the window protects the entrance from the rain but still allows that lovely smell and sound that a rainstorm brings.
Casement windows can be installed in pairs or singles. They have side hinges that move the window out like a door, just like an awning window but sideways instead of up and down. These types of windows might be ideal for harder-to-reach areas like over the kitchen sink. This way, you can open the window without climbing onto the countertop.
Like a sliding glass door, these windows are mounted onto two horizontal sashes that open and close in either direction. Again these are great for hard-to-reach spots, so you can slide the window over rather than having to push it up and out of the way.
Bay windows are perfect for dramatically looking out into the rain, and they are also ideal for more traditional and rustic designs. They are a great way to create a spot to sit and enjoy the view with either a coffee or a good book. If you don’t already have the nook in your home, they might require additional construction to install.
Double Hung Windows
Double hung windows are probably the most common and likely windows that are in your house already. They have two main sashes that slide up and down in the frame and can be opened from the top or the bottom. Double-hung windows do not protrude from the home when open, unlike awning or casement.
Single Hung Windows
Single hung windows are exactly like double hung, except they can only be opened from the bottom. They have a classic look that will work perfectly with traditional, farmhouse, and cottage-style homes.
Fixed windows are exactly like they sound. These windows can not be opened, but they are easily customizable to fit any shape you need them to. And since they don’t open, they have a clean and sleek design most often, you’ll find windows like this in modern or contemporary homes.
Types of Doors for Your Home
Whether it be a front door or a bedroom door, doors are the start of every room’s design and are a crucial part of the style of your home. So let’s talk about how they open and find out which one is right for you.
French doors are often more expensive than other options, but they are stunning! Ideally used for getting into the backyard or deck, french doors are a classic and elegant door option that allows a wide opening for coming in and out of the space and letting light stream through even when closed.
Need a door but don’t have enough room to swing it open? Or maybe you want a door, but sometimes you just want an opening? Sliding pocket doors are ideal for these situations and can range from modern to traditional styles. The door slides into a pocket in the wall when open and then slides back closed when needed.
While these weren’t as popular in homes a few years back, ever since the rise of Joanna Gains and her modern farmhouse style, barn doors used in interior design have become a common request. Barn doors are mounted on a track that’s attached to the wall and rolls open and closed. They have a great aesthetic appeal, but some could be noisy, and you’ll need to maintain the wheels now and then to ensure they roll smoothly.
Of course, there are also swinging doors that we are all familiar with. They can be installed to swing whichever way makes the most sense in that spot and can suit any style.
Now you know window and door terminology and can go shopping with confidence as you talk with salespeople and contractors. Remember to keep in mind your style and where the door or window will be going to be sure that it suits the space as best it can.