Whether you’re designing a brand-new home, adding an addition to your property, or remodeling your space, windows are something you’ll need to think about. Perhaps you’re trying to maximize natural light or airflow in your home, or maybe you want to frame the perfect view. Whatever your window wishes, you’ll need to take some time to learn about what’s available and what your best options may be. Fortunately, Local Glass Repairs LLC’s experts are here to help.

In this write-up, we’ve listed eight of the most common window designs in the industry. We’ll describe each design and explain how it will function in your home.

We hope that this blog provides you with some guidance and inspiration. If you’d like to discuss window or glass installation in further detail, however, we invite you to contact the glass experts at Local Glass Repairs LLC. We have been providing sought-after window installation services for years and would be happy to share our expertise with you.

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1. Awning Windows

Awning windows hinge from the top and open at the bottom. They’re sleek and highly functional, appearing as a continuous, fixed window pane. Their design makes them easy to reach for opening and closing and maximizes your control over ventilation in your space.

Awning windows have long been a favorite choice for modern homes, and we’re sure you’ll like them too!

2. Casement Windows

Casement windows operate similarly to doors, opening outwards and on one side. This design is especially useful if you’re investing in large and heavy windows. Casement windows can also be screened in, so you don’t have to worry about insects and other critters entering your home through your windows.

3. Double Hung Windows

Perhaps the most common window design, double hung windows open by sliding up or down. This design is so popular because of its functionality. Double hung windows allow the homeowner to control the temperature in their space. Because hot air rises and cool air sinks, you’ll be able to leverage these windows to let in cool air or let out hot air, depending on the time of year.

4. Sliding Windows

Similar to double hung windows sliding windows open side to side. These windows are versatile and timeless, opening easily to allow airflow into your home. Sliding windows are quite common and can be easily installed and maintained.

5. Sashless Windows

Sashless windows are functionally identical to double hung windows, except they don’t have the aluminum barrier or sash between the two panes. This design makes for a more chic look and a sleeker finish. Sashless windows look like a continuous pane of glass and are designed to maximize your visual enjoyment of the outdoors.

If you have a beautiful landscape and want to enjoy the space outside your window without disruption, sashless windows could be a great option.

6. Bi-Fold Windows

Perhaps the most functionally versatile window design on this list, bi-fold windows can open all the way up. These windows are great for people who wish to create wide open spaces or an indoor/outdoor window living space. Although they open all the way, bi-fold windows fold into one another, so they take up little space when they’re fully open.

Bi-fold windows are great for entertaining. We encourage you to consider installing a bi-fold window between a kitchen or dining room space inside and a BBQ space outside. This will let you pass food back and forth like a service window—we’re sure your guests will love it!

7. Skylights

Skylights are one of the window designs our clients inquire about the most. Skylights are windows installed directly in the ceiling or a wall that slants towards the ceiling. While skylights don’t typically open, they do add significant light to a space and allow you to connect to trees and clouds above.

If you have a space in your home that seems perfect for a skylight, let our team know. We can assess the space and determine if a skylight is a good fit.

8. Fixed Windows

You’ll find some sort of fixed window on most buildings. Fixed windows don’t open—they’re installed for light and visibility purposes only. What they lack in functionality, however, they make up for in design versatility.

Fixed windows can be created in a wide range of shapes and sizes. If you want your window to take up nearly an entire wall, for example, a fixed window is what you need. If you want to create a unique window design, like a window that wraps around the corner of your home or a round window, a fixed window is your best bet.

Most homes and business properties have a combination of fixed windows and windows that open. Your contractor will explain this when you’re investigating window design for your home—but it’s helpful to be familiar with both.

Interesting Window Design is the Way of the Future

Gone are the days of “standard windows.” Modern homes feature a variety of interesting and highly functional window designs. It’s a very exciting time for our industry. Some innovative designers are even incorporating antique windows or reclaimed stained glass windows into modern homes. It’s all about adding interest and matching the home and the client’s style while enhancing the functionality and enjoyment of the space.

Windows play an important role in connecting the inside and outside world, and you should always take the time to think about the effect you want to achieve inside your home when choosing your windows.

Talk to Our Team to Find the Perfect Windows for Your Property

Finding windows that function and look how you want them to isn’t always a simple task, but our experts are happy to help. With years of experience in the field of residential glass installation, we’re the professional, knowledgeable team you need to get the windows you want without the hassle.

Give us a call to get started on your window design today!