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Window Styles

5 Must-Know Window Styles for Window Shopping

In general there are 5 major categories of window styles, and we will cover the differences of them in this page below:

  1. Sliding Windows

  2. Casement and Awning Windows

  3. Picture Windows

  4. Bay and Bow Windows

  5. Combination Windows

window styles

What to Consider When Choosing Window Styles

When it comes to renovating or building a house, choosing the right windows can make a huge difference in both the aesthetic appeal and functionality of your home. With so many different window styles available, it can be overwhelming to know which one to choose. Silverline Exterior is a local window manufacturer and window replacement contractor. With over 15 years of experience, here are some of our tips for choosing windows styles.

Before we delve into the different window styles, it’s important to consider what factors are important to you. Some factors to consider when choosing window styles include:

  • Your budget
  • Your home’s architectural style
  • The climate in your area
  • Your energy efficiency needs
  • The amount of natural light you want in your home
  • The amount of ventilation you want in your home
  • Your maintenance preferences

By considering these factors, you can narrow down your options and choose the best window style for your home. If you are new to choosing vinyl windows, be sure to check out our guide on everything about vinyl windows.

Horizontal Slider

sliding window
Horizontal sliders are SilverLine’s signature design. It is the most popular window style for residential homes in British Columbia. The window design is simple and clean. A removable sash slides horizontally in the roller rail. Our SmoothRoller design allows the slider to maintain a long-lasting smooth operation. The simple, strong and effective composition allows them to be affordable for every household, while offering high end features such as 10 chamber construction and even sightlines, at the same time being a top energy performer!

Single Hung

single hung

Single Hung windows are also known as vertical Sliders. They are an alternative option to the horizontal sliders. The sash is spring-hung onto the frame, which allows the window to be opened vertically. If you have a room where space is limited, vertical sliders are a great choice for narrower openings, and they offer the same high end 11 chamber frame and even sightlines as our high end horizontal sliders.

Casement Windows

casement windows style

Casement windows are hinged on one side and swing outward like a door. They offer excellent ventilation since the entire window can be opened. They are also energy efficient since they typically have double panes of glass.

Casement windows are a good choice for modern or contemporary homes since they have a clean and simple look. They are also easy to operate and can be installed in hard-to-reach areas. They are opened by a push out or crank operation, making them highly secure. Casement windows are typically slender, making them an excellent choice for smaller rooms with limited wall space.

Awning Windows

awning window

Awning windows are similar to casement windows, but they are hinged at the top and swing outward from the bottom. They are a good choice for areas where ventilation is important but rain protection is also needed since they can be opened even during a light rain.

Awning windows are energy efficient and easy to operate, but they may not be suitable for all architectural styles. Similar to casement windows, they are opened by a push out or crank operation, making them highly secure. Casement windows are typically suitable for washrooms because the vent can be left open for airflow.

Picture Windows

picture window

Picture windows allow you to have an unobstructed view of the outside, while offering a secure window that insulates your home. Sealed tight, picture windows are fixed windows that do not open. They let in lots of natural day light, and have no operation making them the most airtight of all window types. Picture windows can also be combined with sliding windows and push-out windows to form combination windows.

Bay and Bow Windows

bay and bow window

Bay windows are a combination of three or more windows that extend out from the house, creating a bay or alcove inside. They are a good choice for adding visual interest and natural light to a room. Bay windows can also offer additional seating or storage space.

Bay windows are a popular choice for traditional or Victorian-style homes, but they can be incorporated into any architectural style. They can be expensive to install because the process involves combining multiple windows together at an ngle, but they can add significant character to your home.

Combination Windows

combination window

If you are looking for a sophisticated window style for your home, combination sliders are an excellent choice. Combination sliders give out bigger visual impacts while maintaining the option to have openings for fresh air. This versatile style of windows can be combined using vertical sliders, horizontal slides or push-out style windows. This is a truly versatile style that you can design it anyway you like to fit your needs, offering a truly custom look to any window project.