Different Types of Windows: How to Choose Replacement Windows

For those of us in the industry, terms like double-hung windows, sliders, or bow and bay windows are commonplace. However, deciphering the different types of windows can be a little daunting for homeowners, especially if you’ve never explored replacement window options before.

If you’re considering replacing windows, you may wonder what types of windows are on the market. Are you beholden to the windows you have, or can you change it up with other replacement window options?

Here’s a little breakdown of the different types of windows we offer at Weather Tight to help you choose the most beautiful window updates for your home. We give Wisconsin homeowners plenty of replacement window options so you get a look you’ll love!

Choosing Different Types of Windows for Replacement

When you choose replacement windows for your home, it’s often very personal. There are many considerations, and each situation is unique. Not to give you a case of choice paralysis, but did you know that there are over 50,000 possible window options at Weather Tight? Between the finishes, the styles, and the different window types, that’s a lot to take in and consider!

As you can see from this Tod and Todd Home Improvement Tips video, when you meet with one of our representatives, the sky really is the limit:

One of the most helpful ways to tackle choosing replacement windows is to sit down with an expert and explore the different types of windows suited to your particular situation. When you meet with a Weather Tight representative, we’ll discuss the goals for your home and what you’re hoping to achieve with your new windows.

For example, if you plan to move in the next few years but want to address cosmetic issues to increase your curb appeal, then you might choose a simple update. On the other hand, if you’re looking at replacement windows for a home where you plan to live for the next decade and you’re hoping to save significant money on heating and cooling, you may want to explore different options.

There are many other considerations too. For example, how much natural light do you want in the space? Are you hoping for a cross-breeze by installing a bay window? Do your kids like to play near the windows? How about holiday decorating in front of the window?

We hear from numerous pet owners that their cats love sleeping in the window, so they want to be sure to have a large windowsill or even a bow or bay window to create a sleeping spot for Kitty. Other homeowners can’t wait to put their holiday tree in the big picture window when replacing two double-hung windows.

We will also help you explore options like woodwork and trim. If you have worked hard to preserve wood trim in your home, we will want to consider the type of installation, opting for a pocket-type over a full frame. On the other hand, if the trim is concealing other issues, like wood rot, or poor insulation, then a full-frame replacement can help you save money in the long run and keep your home safe.

As you can quickly see, there’s no cut-and-dry answer to the “types of windows” available. There are so many options, and because our windows are custom-made for your home, you’ll get to choose and design exactly what you want. We’ll help you bring your vision to life.

A Basic Primer on the Different Types of Windows

Image shows a window display inside Weather Tight's showroom of various types of windows to consider for your home renovation

It’s important to note that you can change the type of windows in your home when you replace and update them. For example, you could switch out a double-hung window for a slider or update two side-by-side windows to one large picture window.

Many folks love a garden window in the kitchen. Some people want to match the previous window types to preserve certain aspects of their home with the modern security and ease of replacement windows. We can help you match the trim and style to ensure that your new windows fit seamlessly with your décor.

Double Hung Windows

Double-hung windows feature two sashes that can be opened up or down, letting you get air from the top or bottom of the window (or both). Single-hung windows only open with the lower sash. Most types open inwards for easy cleaning. When locked, the windows seal weather-tight.

Bow and Bay Windows

A bow window and a bay window are similar types of windows in that they both extend from the house, creating the feeling of a larger space. A bay window features three panels—two sides and a larger main window. Bow windows feature a curved configuration of four or more windows.

Garden Windows

Are you a plant lover? A garden window can be a beautiful addition to your home. Garden windows angle away from the house, similar to a bow or bay window, but feature a glass pane across the top for maximum light. Garden windows are especially popular additions to kitchens but can look great in any room where you’d like more sunlight.

Full Frame Windows

Full-frame windows are available in a variety of designs but feature minimal panes and trim to maximize the glass space of your window. These windows can offer up to 30% more glass space than their counterparts, making them an excellent option for replacement windows when you really want to increase the light in a room.

Sliding Windows

Sliding windows easily slide open and have large panes for clear views of the outside world. We offer traditional sliding windows with lift-out sashes. This lets you choose the window that’s easiest for you and best for your space. The windows are easy to operate—no more wrestling or risking your fingers!

Casement Windows

A classic style, casement windows feature a hinge on the side that allows them to open up toward the outside. These are also known as crank windows. Our casement windows open a full 90 degrees, making them easy to clean and maximizing fresh-air access. What’s more, we offer casement windows with a beveled design offering 20% larger glass areas.

Picture Windows

Picture windows are a great addition to your home. They are free of obstructions and characterized by a large, single frame of glass. These beautiful window options are ideal for letting in additional light into your home. We offer standard square and rectangular shapes, along with a variety of unique shape options like trapezoids and half-moons, to let you find something to fit your personal style.

No matter your window style, glass, or trim preference, we’re here to help you find the best type of window for your home. Replacement windows are surprisingly affordable and can really increase your home’s value, curb appeal, and energy efficiency (an important consideration for Wisconsin winters and summers!). So, if you’re ready to give your home a facelift, reach out today.

We serve ten counties throughout Southeastern Wisconsin, including Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Waukesha, and more. We know the unique challenges of Wisconsin weather, and we’re here to ensure your home stays the perfect temperature all year round.