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Get the Right Look for Your House

Windows are among a home's most distinguishing details. Let the architecture of your place help determine a complementary style

Cape Cod

Photo by Steve Murry/Cornerhouse Stock

Cottages are typically fitted with double-hung windows with rectangular muntins on both the top and bottom sashes.

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Andersen 400 Series Woodwright vinyl-clad double-hungs


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Bungalows often have a combination of double-hungs and casements. Both types share a common element: geometric and eye-catching muntin patterns.

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Kolbe Heritage Series Sterling double-hungs or casements


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For this bold style that celebrates sleekness, architects favor large, unadorned sliders and fixed picture windows grouped to create walls of glass.

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Weather Shield Legacy Series aluminum-clad fixed units


Photo by Mark Turner

Inspired by medieval architecture, the windows are usually tall, narrow casements with lots of small panes. They're often grouped in pairs or trios.

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Queen Anne

Photo by Courtesy of Marvin

Double-hungs are the rule—the taller the better. Sometimes a delicate muntin pattern adorns the upper sash.

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Window Types: Double-Hung

Illustration by Rodica Prato

Two sashes slide up and down. (On single-hungs, only the lower sash moves.) Sashes often tilt in for easy cleaning. Hard to weatherstrip. Open sashes cover half the window, blocking airflow. Screens mount on the exterior.

Window Types: Casement

Illustration by Rodica Prato

A hinged sash swings out with a push or a hand crank. Full-height opening provides maximum ventilation, but the sash can suffer damage if left open in the rain. Easy to seal tightly. Screens mount on the inside.

Window Types: Fixed

Illustration by Rodica Prato

Less expensive and more energy efficient than other windows because the sash doesn't open. Often used as architectural accents or in inaccessible areas, such as gable peaks. Available in many sizes and shapes.

Window Types: Slider

Illustration by Rodica Prato

It has one or two sashes that move horizontally like a patio door. Easy to use because you don't have to lift the sashes. Lower tracks need occasional cleaning. Open sashes cover half the window, blocking airflow. Screens mount on the outside.

Window Types: Awning and Hopper

Illustration by Rodica Prato

An awning has top hinges and opens outward; a hopper is hinged at the bottom and opens inward. Awnings have cranks and inside screens; hoppers are pulled open and have outside screens.