The Homeowner’s Guide to Buying New Windows: 10 of the Most Popular Styles

Understanding the Most Popular Window Styles on the Market Today

Ready to replace your home’s windows? Whether they are showing signs of wear, leaking, or just out of style, buying new windows can be a daunting task. To help you make the best decision for your household’s needs, we put together a guide that explains the differences between the most popular styles on the market. 


One of the most common and affordable styles, single-hung windows are a simple and effective choice. With single-hung windows, only the bottom panel slides up while the top panel remains fixed. 

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With double-hung windows, both panels are movable. This means that you can either slide the top panel down or the bottom panel up. This gives homeowners a bit more flexibility when it comes to getting airflow in their homes.

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Ideal for the Pacific Northwest and other rainy climates, awning windows swing out on a hinge at the top of the frame. This creates a water-resistant shape that allows homeowners to keep their windows open even with some light rain outside. 

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For those inclined toward traditional styles, an arched window provides a stylish point of interest for your home’s architecture. They are typically fixed windows, meaning that they don’t open.

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Bay and Bow windows are upscale varieties that provide plenty of visual interest. This style typically includes multiple window panels that protrude from the walls of a room. This creates a little extra space, sometimes used as a shelf for houseplants or other decor. 

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Casement windows are typically made with a solid glass panel, which offers a less obstructed view than some other varieties. They are often hinged on the left or right side and open outwards using a crank mechanism.

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Most commonly, egress windows are installed for safety reasons. They are often intended as emergency escape routes in basements. However, their high wall placement also makes them an appropriate choice for bathrooms, allowing for air circulation without compromising privacy.

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Glass Block

More of a design element than a functional window, glass block windows do help to increase a little light flow into a room. They do not, however, offer air circulation, as they are typically a fixed installation. 

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Another style that is more commonly seen in upscale homes, transom windows are usually seated above doors and other windows. They are often decorative and usually do not open.

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A picture window is simply a large stationary window. This means that they do not open, but they do provide plenty of light and allow for a great view of your home’s surroundings. 

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