If you’re thinking of replacing your windows, the choices can be overwhelming. A quick search online can show up literally dozens of different window shapes and styles. You just want the main window types explained clearly and simply – so that’s exactly what we’ve done!
We have talked to Ecoline Windows experts and asked them to elaborate on the most popular window types on the Canadian market today. Now we are ready to equip you with all necessary information concerning popular products and their pricing. Tag along!
The Best Window Types and When to Use Them
Instead of listing 20 different types of windows and all their pros and cons, we’re going to concentrate on just the most popular among Canadians. If you like one of these but want to tweak it slightly, that’s usually possible too. We’ll explain the following window types:
- Single Hung
- Single Slider
Simple, elegant, versatile. You’ve certainly come across casement windows before – in fact, it’s fairly likely you’ve already got some in your house! A casement refers to the section of a window that swings open. Casement windows move out on hinges, creating a gap between the casement and the rest of the frame for air to flow through.
The best thing about casement windows is their versatility. Because they’re so straightforward, the opening and locking mechanisms can be pretty much whatever you want them to be. Casements can have wooden, PVC or metal frames, and open to either the left or the right to suit the room.
Plus, because they’re usually just a pane of glass inside a simple frame, they let in loads of natural light. A fantastic all-purpose energy efficient window for any room in the house to fit any décor.
Another very common style is the awning window. Much like the casement, a framed pane of glass swings out on hinges. The difference is that awning windows pivot from a top hinge, opening at the bottom. This creates a flat, stylish awning shape with the windowpane.
As a result, awning windows are a brilliant choice in Canadian regions where it rains a lot. Even when the window is open, rain won’t get into your house because it slides off the windowpane and pours away from the building. Awning windows often have support arms built into the design of the frames to adjust the angle of the awning exactly as you choose. They can be made from a range of framing materials, and just like their casement cousins, awning windows allow plenty of airflow and natural light into the room.
Use them in the kitchen or bathroom where you need good ventilation, but don’t want rainwater getting in.
Single Hung Windows
A third classic window design is the single hung window. Slightly cheaper than its double hung relative, this window type features just one movable sash. Two window panels (also known as sashes) are arranged one above the other. A single hung window allows one sash to open – either tilting up or down on a hinge, or elegantly sliding behind the stationary sash.
The effect is a flat appearance with a wide opening. You won’t get the protection from rain, but the opening is bigger, as the sash moves completely out of the way. Single hung windows can require more maintenance as their opening mechanisms are sometimes more fragile and can’t be sealed. However, for elegance and ease of use, it’s hard to beat this traditional sash window design.
Single hung windows look particularly stylish on the front of the house. They’re also practical for good airflow when you don’t have space for a hinged window.
Canada certainly isn’t known for its ugly landscapes. If you’re lucky to have a good view of the Canadian Rockies, a magnificent coastline, or one of our beautiful cities, then don’t waste it!
A picture window frames your view in the best way possible. Large and luxurious, picture windows tend to take up most of the wall in order to offer the best panorama from the inside.
It’s almost like having a glass wall to your house – letting in all the light and showing off that breath-taking view. Generally speaking, picture windows consist of a single pane of glass, which is usually too large to open. But with that good a view already, why would you need to? Ideal for homes in beautiful locations, a picture window makes the most of your surroundings.
Just remember – if you can see a lot outside, chances are people can see a lot inside too! Consider big blinds or curtains to give the option of some privacy – they can also make for an impressive reveal to guests!
Single Slider Windows
Single slider windows open by…sliding. A bit like a horizontal sash, one panel slides over the other, leaving the window open. Great for a big window in small spaces. Single slider windows don’t need as much strength to open as a vertical-lifting sash, and they’re not as hazardous for kids’ little fingers.
Single slider windows are more affordable than double sliders but offer much the same appearance. They let in lots of air and light – great for smaller rooms that need good ventilation.
Popular Windows – Pricing
When it comes to getting new windows, prices always come as the first concern for every homeowner. It is understandable. Windows replacement is usually considered to be a considerable investment. But to be honest, this is the one-in-a-lifetime investment mainly, so you can’t go for cheap products or fishy marketing ads. There are a lot of factors that determine the final cost of new windows installation, but just to provide you with the necessary data, look at the table below with the typical price range for the above-discussed window types based on their location within your home.
|Location||Casement||Awning||Single Slider||Single Hing||Picture|
|Basement||$535 – $1,022||$471 – $1114||$394 – $1057||n\a||$315 – $1518|
|Bathroom||$446 – $1,032||$432 – $943||$394 – $1033||$95 – $1500||$388 – $1242|
|Bedroom||$444 – $1193||$893 – $909||$437 – $1521||$587 – $2115||$226 – $2324|
|Bonus room||$676 – $1134||$494 – $944||$820 – $1248||$634 – $1374||$420 – $2305|
|Dining room||$550 – $1348||$843 – $1429||$669 – $1957||$529 – $1466||$316 – $2072|
|Family room||$605 – $1999||$621 – $1157||$490 – $1131||$569 – $1155||$354 – $2661|
|Foyer||$858 – $1999||n\a||$465 – $778||$500 – $854||$338 – $1552|
|Front||$583 – $1014||$483 – $1414||$785 – $968||$510 – $925||$359 – $2933|
|Garage||n\a||$703 – $902||$391 – $1085||$588 – $732||$334 – $1536|
|Kitchen||$329 – $1356||$419 – $1471||$394 – $1595||$445 – $1595||$202 – $2179|
|Living room||$484 – $1614||$485 – $1384||$433 – $2327||$429 – $1614||$226 – $2898|
|Master bedroom||$545 – $1304||$588 – $1120||$452 – $1810||n\a||$335 – $2370|
|Nook||$549 – $1149||$734 – $920||$658 – $1142||$473 – $1186||$337 – $2440|
Now you have an idea of the main types of windows available today. Hopefully we’ve given you some inspiration. But ultimately, the person who knows which is the most suitable for your home is you!