Whether planning renovations or building a new home, one of the first things you need to decide is what style of windows are best for you. We’ve put together this guide to help you decide. These are some of the most popular window styles in today’s market.

Casement Windows:

These popular, easy-to-operate windows work well with both traditional or contemporary home designs. Casement windows are hinged on the side and swing out like a door. Because they have a single sash, they are ideal to group together or combine with fixed windows for an even glass plane. This creates a modern look, while maximizing ventilation. Equipped with a crank handle, they work well in hard-to-reach places such as over a kitchen sink.

Wooden casement windows in a kitchen overlooking hills.
Casement windows work well in tough-to-reach spots, like over a kitchen sink.

Awning Windows:

Awning windows allow for easy air movement in any kind of weather. Hinged along the top, these windows swing outward, making them ideal for small or horizontal spaces. When they are open, they create a miniature awning that water will trickle around. This makes them perfect for creating airflow on a rainy day. Like casement windows, they use a crank handle, making them great for tough to reach spots.

Tip: Since casement and awning windows open outward, try not to install them near high traffic areas such as driveways, decks or a yard where children play. This will ensure no one hits their head on a window left open.

Vinyl awning windows in a living room with a view of pine trees.
Awning windows give you airflow in any kind of weather.

Hung Windows:

Single-Hung: Single-hung windows are a popular choice for tall spaces and traditional home styles. They come with two sashes, one stationary, the other moveable. This allows for flexible ventilation, as the bottom sash can sit open just a crack to let a light breeze in or open wide for significant airflow.

Double-Hung: Like single-hung, double-hung windows feature two independent sashes within the frame. Both sashes are moveable and can be tilted in for easy cleaning and maintenance. Double-hung windows give you the most control over your ventilation. You can position the bottom sash up like a single-hung window, or slide both sashes in so hot air goes out of the top while cool air enters the bottom.

Hung windows are also popular choice for retrofitting, as they offer modern window technology while retaining the original charm of a traditional style home.

Row of hung windows in a front room overlooking a deck.
Hung windows offer traditional style and charm.

Horizontal Slider Windows:

Slider windows are ideal for adding airflow to tight spaces and tricky nooks. These windows are popular because they offer excellent airflow and are easy to clean and maintain. They have one stationary sash and one sash that slides to the left or right—think of a single-hung window on its side. Slider windows have the charm of traditional style windows with a modern flare, making them a perfect fit for contemporary home design.

A horizontal slider window above a cushioned bench
Slider windows work well in tight spaces and tricky nooks.

Specialty Windows:

Specialty windows are available in just about any size and shape, making them ideal for rooms where flexibility is required. These custom windows offer creativity and versatility for interior design planning.  Combine with any assortment of operational or fixed windows to add aesthetic value and a focal point to the room. With specialty windows, the possibilities are endless.

A living room with an expansive view through large custom windows.
Specialty windows give a room a focal point.

Fixed & Picture Windows:


Fixed windows are non-operational windows, known for their ability to offer expansive views. They are the perfect addition to casement or other operational windows because they provide even sitelines with matching sash widths. Popular in contemporary home design, fixed windows offer breathtaking views and a modern aesthetic.


Picture windows are also non-operational, designed especially for walls where ventilation isn’t necessary. Unlike fixed, picture windows have a smaller frame and are designed to stand alone rather than group with other windows. This makes them ideal for creating wide views in traditional-style homes.

A breakfast table in a waterfront enclosure with large picture windows.
Picture windows offer wide, breathtaking views.

For more information on the difference between picture and fixed windows, read our FAQ Friday blog post

Also, have seen our window styles 101 video yet on the JELD-WEN video hub?

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