Casement? Double hung? Awning? Which window style works best?

Casement? Double hung? Awning? Which window style works best?

Good question. Each style operates a little differently, and there are definitely locations in your home where the wrong operating style can be a big mistake. Here are our recommendations:


Casement Window

Casement windows.

For top-to-bottom unobstructed views and wide-open ventilation, you can’t beat casement windows. They’re hinged on the side, and the entire sash swings outward to open. Clean lines, smooth operation and easy cleaning make casements a popular choice.

Casement windows are the easiest to open over a sink. Since they crank out, however, casements can create an obstruction outside…if they open onto a deck or walkway, for instance. Instead, choose a double hung or horizontal slider.

 Awning Window 

Awning windows.

Awning windows are a great choice when you want the fresh air of an open window even if it’s raining. They can be used alone, but are most often stacked, combined in a grouping, or placed underneath a large picture window to provide ventilation.

As with casement windows, you should also avoid installing awning windows where they can obstruct a deck or walkway. 

 Double Hung Window 

Double hung windows.

Perhaps because it’s the most traditional window, the double hung is also the most popular window. It can open from the top or bottom, and many of the newer models are designed so the two sash tilt open for easy cleaning.

Since they need to be lifted to open, double hung windows don’t work well over a sink, countertop or other obstruction. Instead, a crank out casement is much easier to open in those locations.

 Single Hung Window 

Single hung windows.

Single hung windows are a blend of historic styling and advanced engineering. Since only the lower sash is operable, the windows feature a half-screen and a totally clear view through the top sash. The bottom sash removes completely for safe, easy cleaning.

 Horizontal Sliding Window 

Horizontal sliding windows.

For a more unique style and a slightly more contemporary look, try horizontal sliding windows. Many people simply prefer the clean lines and smooth, easy operation of a “slider.”

They’re a good alternative for locations where you don’t want the sash of a casement or awning window projecting outward—on your deck or walkway, for example. But that’s merely a practical reason for choosing them. 

 Geometric Shape Window 

Geometric shape windows.

Special window shapes can give your home a unique individuality. It could be a large picture window, transoms stretching from wall to wall above a bank of patio doors, or an arched expanse of glass that seems to light up an entire home. Geometric shape windows can be used alone, or combined with other windows or patio doors.

 Bay and Bow Windows 

Bay and bow windows.

Bay and bow windows make a room seem larger. With their multi-pane configuration, they create the feeling that the great outdoors is actually part of the room. A bay usually consists of a large fixed window between two casement or double hung units. A bow consists of several casements or double hung units mulled together, creating a smooth arc or bow.

 Swinging Patio Door 

Swinging patio doors.

Swinging patio doors can be ordered to swing in or swing out. They come with both doors operable, or just one. And they’re easily combined with stationary door panels, sidelites and transoms to create a room with a view. People love swinging patio doors, but keep in mind that they use up lots of floor space.

Sliding Patio Door  

Sliding patio doors.

Sliding patio doors are a great space-saving option compared to swinging doors. One panel is operable; the other is fixed. They are easily combined with additional doors, sidelites and transoms.