What Are the Differences between Window Types?

What Are the Differences between Window Types?

Most Popular Window Types for Canadian Homes

Has the time for window replacement come? Are you struggling with which window types will best suit your home? This can be quite overwhelming, as there are so many options for window designs.

Read ahead to find out more about the different window designs that are available for window replacement. This information can help when it comes time to make a final decision as to which windows are right for your home. 

Bay or Bow Windows

Bow and bay windows are ideal for those who want to add some style to any room in their home. They are a great way to open up a room or create a warm and cozy nook, such as a window seat or reading nook. They are perfect for adding to both the exterior and interior aesthetic of your home. Bay and bow windows are most often installed in bedrooms, kitchens, and living rooms.

Awning or Casement Windows (Crank Windows)

Those homeowners who are looking to maximize both air flow and energy efficiency should invest in crank-style windows. Both of these window types operate with a crank mechanism for ease of access. They are typically located in kitchens, bathrooms, and basements. 

Awning windows open at the top, while casement windows open on the side. Both are built with a compression seal, which makes them the most energy-efficient of all the types of windows. They are a perfect addition to such areas as above kitchen sinks or other areas that are hard to reach.


Slider windows are most often found in bathrooms, bedrooms, and kitchens, as they easily glide open. This makes them easy to clean and upkeep. Moreover, they are a great source of fresh air and sunlight. They can be either installed as single or double windows and are ideal for those who are looking for traditional sized windows.


This style of windows is perhaps the most commonly installed, as it can be designed in many sizes, as well as double or single. It will fit nicely in any room of the home. Hung windows are a great source of venation and natural light. Moreover, they are good when it comes to energy-efficiency. However, they are not as highly rated for energy savings as crank windows are. Hung windows are designed with weather stripping, which is not as energy efficient as the compression seal that comes standard on crank-style windows.


If you really want a new and modern look for your home, architectural style windows are the way to go. As they come in an endless array of shapes, from diamonds to hexagons and many more, they are a great way to add an artistic touch to any room of your home!


Picture windows are ideal for those rooms which have a great view of the outside space, as they provide an unobstructed view. Furthermore, they are perfect for opening up any room in your home. Keep in mind that picture windows are fixed, so they do not open for venation. If airflow is a must, you can always pair them with such functional windows as casement windows.

Most of these windows can be custom designed in a variety of colors, finishes, and shapes. Besides, you can opt for decorative glass for your windows, such as tinted, frosted, or stained windows. Also, stylish window grids can add an extra flair to most window designs. 

Total Home Windows and Doors offers these window designs and much more! Call us today to discuss which window style is the best for your home!

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