Schedule a Free Consultation

Your Ultimate Guide to Door and Window Styles – Part 1: Door and Window Styles and Their Function

When choosing a door or window style for your replacement project, it pays to weigh  its benefits. Consider how a certain style can affect functionality vis-a-vis what your home’ requirements, and decide from there. There are many window and door options available today, each of them offering distinctive features that make them a worthy investment. Here’s an overview of each one:

Part 1: Door and Window Styles and Their Function

  • Double-Hung Windows. Recognizable by their two operable sashes, which slide vertically, double-hung windows are known for a relatively expansive glass area that allows in plenty of natural light. When opened, these windows also offer access to a generous amount of natural ventilation. Double-hung windows can be installed in any room and they’ll never look out of place. Some of them are available with tilt-out or removable sashes, making them easier to clean and maintain. Their versatility and function makes them the most popular choice for homeowners across the country.
  • Casement Windows. Hinged on the side, these units swing open or closed. Because they open all the way out, casement windows are a great option for those looking to cool their homes naturally. Because they use single-lever or tandem latches, these windows allow for easier operation. A big plus is that when they’re closed, casement windows remain firmly closed–which means improved safety for your home. Casement windows are the perfect choice to help open up small rooms and are right at home in compact areas, such as above kitchen sinks, countertops or appliances.

Pro-Tip: Have double-hung or casement windows installed in areas that use a significant amount of water, such as your bathroom or laundry area. With their ventilating action, these units can prevent excessive indoor moisture, while keeping these rooms fresh and odor-free.

  • Picture Windows. Don’t waste that lovely outdoor view with a small and insignificant window style–replace it with a picture window. With their slim frames and expansive glass, picture units can maximize your home’s viewing area in the best possible ways. Their distinctive design also lets considerable natural light into your space.
  • Bay and Bow Windows. These windows have a similar design, but differ slightly in that bay windows create a more angular shape because they’re comprised of up to three panels. Bow windows, which have four or more panels, create a gentle curve. Both, however, offer a deep sill area that can serve a number of functions, from additional seating to a  reading lounge or a breakfast nook, a small storage area, or as a surface on which to display decorative items.

Patio doors come in hinged French or sliding glass options. The former swings outward to the outdoor living space, creating a wide opening that allows for smoother foot traffic (very handy for entertaining!). The latter offers the same, with the added benefit of saving space. Sliding glass patio doors fit neatly to the side so they don’t interrupt furniture placement. Both hinged French and sliding glass patio doors help create a stronger connection between your indoor and outdoor spaces.

Stay tuned for the second installment of our three-part blog, where we take a closer look at how windows and doors can add to architectural accuracy.


"I had a very good experience with Renewal by Andersen, the large specialty window I purchased was expertly installed and looks beautiful."

Josh & Lauren, Grayson GA
May 25, 2016

View All Reviews