Window Style Primer

Choose the right type of window for your home and lifestyle.
Types Available

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Casement windows open out.

Making smart window choices starts with understanding these essential terms:

Awning -- A window with a single sash hinged at the top to open up and out from the bottom.

Casement -- A window with a single sash hinged on the left or right that opens out with a crank or lever. Casements provide maximum ventilation.

Double-hung -- A window with two sashes that bypass each other vertically when opened from the bottom and top.

Fixed glass -- A window that does not open. They come in a variety of shapes to combine with other windows. Large fixed windows are often called picture windows.

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Divided-light windows can have
"simulated" or "true" muntins.

Gliding -- A window with two sashes that move horizontally in a common frame.

Picture window -- see Fixed glass.

Simulated divided light -- Any window with muntins affixed to the inside and outside of a panel of glass to simulate the look of true divided lights. Snap-on grilles can be removed easily to clean the glass.

Single-hung -- A window that features an upper and lower sash, but only the lower sash is operative.

Sliding -- See Gliding.

Specialty -- This term refers mostly to unusual shapes, such as triangular, round, half-round, and other nonstandard configurations, including bow and bay windows. Most are fixed-sash (inoperative) and are included to create architectural interest.

Tilt -- A double-hung window with sashes that tilt for cleaning.

True divided light -- Any window with multiple individual planes of glass assembled in the sash using muntins.

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