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Fixed Windows (or Picture Windows)
Fixed windows are the most basic window style. These windows are stationery and cannot be opened. They are great for bringing light into a dark room, providing unobstructed views of the outdoors, adding accents to a room, or enhancing the style to a group of existing functional windows or patio doors. Fixed windows are sometimes referred to as Picture windows for their ability to seamlessly capture and hang beautiful outdoor scenes right on your wall. For larger windows, or more complicated shapes and designs, fixed windows may be a more cost-effective choice.

If ventilation is a concern for the room, or you need the ability to open or close the window, these windows are not for you.

Single Hung Windows
Single Hung windows are more traditional windows and are reminiscent of old style sash windows. The bottom sash of these windows opens vertically, while the upper sash is fixed. Since these windows open vertically, they don't need space to open outward. This makes them suitable for high traffic areas like walkways, porches, patios, etc.

Double Hung Windows
Double Hung windows are the most functional style of window. Like the Single Hung window, the bottom sash opens vertically. In addition, the upper sash also opens. Since these windows open vertically, they don't need space to open outward. This makes them suitable for high traffic areas like walkways, porches, patios, etc. The key feature of these windows is both sashes tilt so the outside of the window can easily be cleaned from inside. This is very practical for upper level windows, or lower level windows that are hard to get to.

Awning Windows
Awning windows are wider than they are tall, with a hinge at the top that allows them to open outward. Awning windows are usually placed higher on the wall, to either allow light into a room or to allow ventilation. When placed higher on the wall, these windows can still maintain privacy and also be left open during light rain showers to maintain ventilation in the room.

Gliding / Single-Vent Windows
Gliding windows open horizontally with a sash that slides. Since these windows slide horizontally, they don't need space to open outward. This makes them suitable for high traffic areas like walkways, porches, patios, etc. Like Awning windows, gliding windows are usually placed higher on the wall to either allow light or ventilation in the room while maintaining privacy. An advantage these windows have over Casement windows is some people find them easier to open. Casement windows typically use a crank that opens them outward. Casement Windows Casement windows have a hinge on the side and they open outward by turning a crank. They open fully allowing for good ventilation and fresh air to enter the room. Casement windows are ideal for installing over objects that are hard to lean or reach over, such as a sink, countertop, appliance, etc. With these windows you turn a crank to open them without having to reach over obstacles and trying to push them open.

Bay or Bow Windows
Bay windows are windows that extend outward, and commonly consist of multiple windows. Bay windows are very eye-appealing and stylish, while making a room look much more spacious. They also provide multi-directional views outside and let in abundant light. You can add additional features to a bay window, such as a sitting bench, counter top, plant box, etc. These windows are very popular for adding to master bedrooms and living rooms for a more spacious and elegant look.

Bow windows might be used to describe bay windows that are curved forming a bow shape.


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