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What Are The Different Types Of Windows?

Dec 10, 2023

A four-lite bow window on a residential home


Exploring Different Windows In La Crosse, WI:
From Casement to Bay Windows

7 Window Style Options For Your
La Crosse County Home


Choosing windows is an overwhelming experience for many La Crosse, WI homeowners.

Bow vs. bay windows. Single-hung vs. double-hung. Specialty vs. standard. These terms are nothing but confusing for many homeowners, and most window replacement companies do not take the time to explain the differences in a way that makes sense. This leads to poor decisions that do not align with your window replacement goals.

At The Board Store, we make sure you make INFORMED decisions that you will love. We answer your questions and explain the subtle differences for each window style in a way that you understand.

Now, let’s dive into the different window styles.


Double-Hung Windows

Double hung are traditional style windows with sashes that operate up and down. (the sash is the part of the window that holds the glass),. A single hung window is similar in appearance but the top sash does not open.

Single-hung windows are vertical sliders, and only one window sash opens. Double-hung windows are similar in appearance. However, both the bottom and top sash open.

As you might imagine, this allows for better ventilation, so you can keep your home comfortable on warm summer days in La Crosse, WI. Double-hung windows come in various sizes and designs. When installed as a replacement window, double hung windows are custom manufactured to fit the space left by the old window. Screens on double hung windows can be either a half screen or full screen and are located on the exterior of the window.

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Casement Windows

Casement windows swing open to the side rather than sliding vertically. This allows for an unobstructed view as the entire window opens. You also enjoy excellent ventilation as they open entirely to allow for optimal airflow. Casement windows usually operate with a hand-crank that you can effortlessly rotate to open and close as you desire. The screen on a casement window is located on the interior side of the window. Like double hung windows, casement windows can be ordered in just the right size to replace an older window so there is virtually no disruption to the interior or exterior of your home.

Casement windows are recommended for homeowners who enjoy a clear view that is not blocked. Our casement windows offer the same level of energy efficiency as double-hung, bay, and bow-style options.


Bay Windows

Bay windows typically have three windows. The two sides protrude outward from the exterior wall. They are joined by a center window. Bay windows are commonly found in kitchens, but they look great in every room of the house, including family rooms, dining areas, and bedrooms.

Bay windows give an added sense of space to any room. High quality bay windows ensure excellent energy efficiency with insulation top and bottom and the tight seal provided by energy efficient windows. They are available with double hung or casement windows in a variety of colors and woodgrains and can be manufactured to fit where the old window is removed. They can even be installed in place of other style flat windows. If you love natural light and an expanded view of the outdoors, then bay windows are for you.

High-quality bay windows offer excellent energy efficiency as they form a tight seal that does not allow outdoor air to enter. They come in different sizes, colors, and style options. If you love big windows that allow for natural light and a clear view of the outdoors, then bay windows are for you.


Bow Windows

Bow windows have four or more windows of equal size. They protrude outward from your walls and create a curve, hence the name “bow” windows. Bow windows are often referred to by the number of windows that form the bow. The most common types are a four-lite bow, a five-lite bow, and a six-lite bow and are typically made up of operating casements and fixed windows.

Many feel as if bow windows work well in more modern-style homes, whereas bay style offers a contemporary aesthetic appeal. The style options for bow windows are numerous, and you can customize the size and style according to your needs and goals.


Slider Windows

Slider windows are an intriguing alternative to double-hung windows. Like double-hung, slider-style features two sashes. However, with slider windows, the sashes are horizontal —so they slide back and forth rather than up and down ( delete-not vertical . One sash slides over the other when you open it.) In the double slider window, both sashes operate from side to side and typically there is a full screen. Only one sash is operable on a single slider. Slider windows from The Board Store remain in great condition for decades.

If you want an affordable solution that allows for natural light and offers excellent energy efficiency, then slider windows are an excellent choice for your home.


Specialty Windows

Specialty windows offer a unique shape. Standard window styles feature a rectangular shape. However, specialty windows are different. The shape may vary based on the homeowner’s preference.

For example, specialty windows may have a rounded look at the top and still be squared off at the bottom. In many cases, they are not able to open, but they provide excellent curbside appeal and allow for more natural light inside your home.


Awning Windows

Most styles either slide vertically or horizontally. Awning windows, however, open outward and lift up toward the sky. They have a hinge at the top, and you can easily lock them in place while they are open. You can effortlessly open and close them as you desire.

Awning windows make it easy to let sunlight in on a sunny day. Also, because they push out and form a roof, you can even open them while it is raining without rainwater entering your home.


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