A Single Hung Window is a classic style that features a movable bottom sash (or panel) that slides open and closed vertically, while the top sash stays stationary. The moveable bottom sash also tilts inward for easy cleaning of the exterior pane.
They are best suited for a vertical space and complement any architectural design. A Single Hung Window is a traditional style sash operable window that opens without using any interior or exterior space. It is a perfect choice for most living areas in your home.
Allow a significant amount of natural light into the home and provide a wide opening which offers maximum ventilation, while the top sash is stationary which helps increase weather resistance.
This style of window can be used to keep outside elements out or inside elements in. Some owners have Single Hung Windows that they never intend on opening. On the other hand, other owners open and close their windows daily. Single Hung Windows are a good fit for either situation.
When they remain shut, they are strong and stable protecting against things like wind and rain. Single Hung Windows can be easily opened to provide fresh air and a nice cool breeze into a warm house on a summer day.
Both single-hung and double-hung windows tend to be classic, rectangular windows that often have divided panes (or, technically, divided lights), though this isn't mandatory. Both also have a lower sash that slides up to open the window.
Where they differ is that on a single-hung window, only the lower sash moves; the upper sash is fixed. On a double-hung window, the upper sash can slide down, independent of the lower sash.
Double- and single-hung windows have a traditional look and are found on countless Colonials, Victorians, bungalows and any modern homes with traditional styling. The most classic examples have small panes set into a grid of muntin bars, but many have single-pane sashes, and there are modern-style versions with rectangular panes divided by a single horizontal muntin.
Most divided-light windows today have a single large pane covered with a decorative muntin grid that simulates the look of divided lights.
Instead of sliding up and down (like hung windows) or side to side (like sliders), casements are hinged at the side, and they open outward (like car doors) by means of a mechanical crank. In rare instances, a casement may pivot inward, into the room. In this style, the window is usually operated by a simple locking handle rather than a crank.
While historic homes and contemporary houses with traditional styling favor the classic look of single- and double-hung windows, casements offer a more streamlined, modern aesthetic. You find them used in all sorts of modern home styles, from postwar rambler to mountain contemporary to ultra-modern box.
Casements can have divided panes, usually provided by a faux muntin grid applied over a single pane of glass, but they're most effective with wide-open glass that provides an unobstructed view. By contrast, single- and double-hung windows always have a sash frame cutting through the center of your view.
A typical casement window has two or more hinges along one long side. These work just like door hinges and allow for very easy movement. At the bottom of the window is a crank mechanism with gears and a winding handle. The mechanism controls a pivoting arm, at the end of which is a plastic disc that slides along a metal track on the bottom of the window sash, pushing the window open or pulling it closed as you turn the handle.
Casements also include one or more locks. Simple versions have a curved handle that pivots up and down and includes a curved hook that secures onto a catch on the window sash. More elaborate locks have handles that control deadbolts at the top and bottom of the sash.
They are appropriately named, because they are large, fixed panes with low profile frames to maximize your view. Since they’re fixed panes, they are stationary, and can’t move or open.
As you can see, picture windows are wide and usually set in the middle, sometimes with other smaller windows on either side. If you have a beautiful exterior view, want to see more of your yard, or want to enhance the lighting or aesthetic of your home, picture windows can be the right solution.
Here’s what you need to know about picture windows and how you can best use them in your home.
Just like there are different configurations of picture windows, there are also different places you could put them. It really depends on your home, your view, and your current windows. With that said, there are a few areas where picture windows work best.
Often people take a two-wide casement window from over the kitchen sink and turn that into an oversized awning with a picture window, that really enhances the view from the kitchen, because there isn’t a mull impeding the view any more.
A great choice when you want the fresh air of an open window even if it's raining. They can be used alone or in combination with other window styles.
They are most often stacked, combined in a grouping, or placed underneath a large picture window to provide ventilation. To operate them, choose either a crank handle or pushout style.
Easy to open, sliders glide horizontally from side to side. The 2-lite slider has two sliding sash while the 3-lite slider offers two sliding sash on each side of a fixed picture window. The streamlined, contemporary profile allows more natural light into your home.
A slider window offers a classic design that lends itself to contemporary style homes. A versatile window, a slider is ideal in tight horizontal spaces where you need airflow or choose a large 2-lite or 3-lite slider for maximum light and an expansive view. Sliders are perfect for replacing picture windows for added ventilation.
Classically styled and supremely durable, specialty windows will lend a dramatic focal point and deeper dimension to any interior living area.
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