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Home windows come in many styles. They can be used in combinations of the same window, such as a bank of casement windows, or you can mix it up, such as a picture window flanked by two casement windows.

Whether considering windows for replacement or new construction, you will probably discover that you need different types. Review the operating styles below to get a better idea of the advantages of each window style and where you might want to use it in your home.

Awning Windows

With an awning window, the sash is hinged at the top and swings outward. This allows air to flow into the home with side to side ventilation, while helping to keep the rain out. This style of window tends to be smaller in size and is often wider than it is tall.

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Casement Windows

Casement windows have a hinge on one side and open outward by rotating a crank style handle. Because they open like a door, they allow the maximum amount of ventilation into the home. They offer an unobstructed view, similar to a picture window, because there is no rail in the center.

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Horizontal Slider Windows

Horizontal sliding windows are a common style that is very easy to use. The sash slides either to the left or right, depending on where you wish to direct the air flow in the room. Sliders are a good option for larger window sizes.

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Double Hung Windows

With double hung windows, both the top and bottom sash are operable. Plus, they are easy to clean because the sashes tilt inward, which may be important to you if your window is on a second story. They also offer the same space saving convenience of a single hung window.

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Single Hung Windows

For single hung windows, the bottom sash slides up and down to open and close the window. The top sash stays in place and allows light to enter the home, but not air flow. Because they open vertically, they save space when the exterior faces a patio or walking path.

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Bay Windows

Bay windows are a combination of three windows that protrude out from the home for a stylistic touch. They are generally one large fixed panel in the center, flanked by two smaller side lights that open for ventilation. It is common to see a window seat on the inside.

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Bow Windows

Bow windows are a combination of four or more windows of a similar width, joined at equal angels, to create an arched curve. The repetitive shape provides a distinct architectural effect and can offer additional space in a room.

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According to a 2017 survey of cost versus value done by Remodeling Magazine, replacement windows in upscale homes have a 93% return on investment in the West Coast. 

If you’ve been considering replacement windows in your home, now might be a good time to take action. Not only will you enjoy energy savings, a beautiful new look and noise reduction while you live in your home, you may recover more than 90% of your investment when you resell your home. That’s something to think about.

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