Types of Windows

In this home improvement blog post, we are going to delve into the wonderful world of windows. We are going to answer the questions: what are the different types and styles that we can choose for our homes and how to choose the right window for your home renovation projects.

An often overlooked aspect of home design and home remodeling projects is the choice and installation of windows. Adding light, warmth and style to a room, windows are an important part of any home project. They not only add a pleasing aesthetic to a house, but can also increase the property’s value, as well as lower monthly bills.

Types of Windows

There are essentially 10 different types of windows you can install in your home and below is a brief description of each type.

Awning Windows

Similar to casement windows (see below) awning windows are horizontally hinged and serve to increase the amount of light and air inside of a room. They are great for bedrooms, bathrooms, or rooms where privacy is a concern.

Bay Windows

Bay windows are typically found in kitchens, family rooms, living rooms, and sun rooms. Aside from the beauty they add to a room, they are excellent at allowing lots of light and airflow into a room, as well as providing a great view.

Casement Windows

This common window type is similar to awning windows, except they are hinged vertically, allowing them to swing outwards (versus downward). Like awning windows, casement windows are great for optimizing the amount of light and air that enters a room, and, because of their tight seal, are considered energy efficient, and can help to reduce your monthly energy bills.

Clerestory Windows

Clerestory windows (pronounced clear story) are a storied type of window, harkening back to the days of Gothic churches. Aside from their aesthetic appeal, they let in plenty of light and fresh air. Today they are typically installed in craftsman style houses and can be seen in Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Zimmerman House.

Double Hung Windows

Double hung windows are typically found on the exterior of homes. Due to their nature, only half of the window can be open at any given point in time, making these windows less energy efficient and air flow friendly than other windows. The advantage to choosing a double hung window over other windows is the fact that they do not open outwardly, meaning they do not take up space when open, unlike casement and awning windows. They are also easier to clean and repair than other window types.


In this first installment (pun intended!) of our series on window types, we looked at five options for home owners looking to increase the light and airflow of their rooms, including: awning windows, bay windows, casement windows, clerestory windows and double hung windows. In our next part, we will take a peek at the remaining window types you can use for your next home renovation or remodeling project!