Types Of Windows For New Homes

You may be considering replacing the windows in your home or you might be deciding what kind of windows to use in your new home construction. You’ve heard that there are many different types of residential windows available, and you’re not sure which ones are right for your needs. This article will discuss the different types of windows available and the factors you should consider when making your selection.

The most common challenge people have when choosing windows is understanding the different types of windows available and what each type offers. What’s the difference between a single-pane and a double-pane window? Which type of window is best for each particular climate? Additionally, many people don’t know how to balance their need for energy efficiency with their desire for style and design.

Here is an overview of a selection of the different windows types for houses and some key information about the features and benefits of each style and variation.

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Picture Windows

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A picture window is large, comprised of a single pane of glass set in a sturdy frame. It is usually installed as the focal point of the room, framing the outside view like a picture. Picture windows are usually fixed or stationary windows, which means it doesn’t open. This allows the frame to be smaller and be less of an obstruction to the view. Fixed windows are more energy efficient in colder climates because they help to keep the building warm, while operable windows are more energy efficient in hotter climates because they allow for ventilation.

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Skylight Windows

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A skylight window is most often another type of fixed window that allows natural light to enter a room and does not open. There are ventilating skylights that sometimes open outward. They are often placed in the roof of a building and can be used to provide light during the daytime or to allow views of the sky at night. While skylights allow for a lot of natural light and make a space look larger, they can leak if they aren’t sealed properly and they are more expensive to fit than traditional windows.

Bay and Bow Windows

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These types of windows are set at an angle and protrude outward from the wall, giving the room a more open feel. Bay windows are typically three-paned with two connecting side windows and one central window that is larger than the other two. Bay window panes are usually wider than Bow window panes. Bow windows are four- or five-paned and have all sides curved inwards to give an elegant round shape.

Round Circle Windows

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Is a round circle window, also known as an oculus window, best for you? Round circle windows let in more natural light than traditional square windows. Most round windows are fixed and do not open. They come in a variety of sizes, are energy efficient because they don’t open so the seal is very tight and provide architectural detail. They do tend to be more expensive than standard windows and in home design they are most often used in the attic, bathrooms and closets. Some people might find them less functional and more difficult to clean. Beyond functionality, choose the round window if it suits your style and taste.

Sliding Windows

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A slider window is a type of window that has a sliding panel that can be moved from the top to the bottom of the window, or vice versa, to allow more or less light and air into a room. Slider windows are often used in bedrooms and bathrooms to allow natural light and ventilation into the room. Sliding windows are used in openings that are wider than they are tall. They open sideways, with one pane sliding over the other. A sliding window has to have a flexible seal on the top and bottom runners of the window.

The Casement Window

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There are a lot of factors to consider when deciding if casement windows are good for your home. Casement windows, also known as crank windows, are often chosen for tall, narrow window openings. The windows are attached to the side of the window frame and swing outward. Some pros include that they allow more air circulation than other window types, and they can be opened wide to provide easy access to the outdoors. Additionally, they can be a good choice if you’re looking for an updated look or want to install windows in a difficult-to-reach spot. On the downside, casement windows can be tricky to operate and can let in more noise and weather than other window types. So if you’re looking for easy operation or extra insulation, casement windows may not be the best option for you.

Awning Windows

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Awning window panels open outward from the bottom, rather than up or sideways as other window styles might. This allows air to flow in while keeping out rain and debris. These windows are great for bathrooms and kitchens where ventilation is needed but privacy is important. They can be placed higher than other openable windows and are a good option to place over furniture or benches without sacrificing access for cleaning. These are also often used as garden windows.

Double Hung Windows

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One of the most popular window styles, double-hung windows are two panes of glass set in a single frame. The upper and lower sashes on the double-hung window move up and down, allowing you to control the amount of ventilation needed. The simplicity of cleaning double hung windows is a major benefit. The upper and lower sashes of double-hung windows have tilt sashes that enable this inward tilting. This enables you to clean your home’s interior and exterior glass from within. This is especially useful for windows on the second and third floors.

Single Hung Windows

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A single-hung window, also called a single-sash window, has an upper, fixed sash and a lower, moveable sash. As a result, only the bottom portion of the window moves up and down while the top portion does not. The best windows for homeowners looking to reduce their energy costs are single hung ones. Single hung windows restrict the amount of air entering and leaving the house because there is just one movable component. As a result, you will have to pay less for heating and cooling costs all year long. Even though single-hung windows are frequently found in buildings that have a vintage appearance, there are still a lot of choices available. Single hung windows have frames made of wood, metal, fiberglass, and vinyl.

Jalousie Windows

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Jalousie windows are made up of a series of glass louvers that can be opened and closed. These windows provide excellent ventilation but can be difficult to open and close due to the weight of the individual panes. But are they good windows overall? There is no one definitive answer to this question. Some people may find jalousie windows good because they allow for a lot of natural light while others may find them annoying because they can be difficult to keep clean and can let in a lot of noise.

Window Materials

Window materials are an important consideration when choosing new windows for your home. Different materials offer different benefits, so it is important to choose the material that is best suited for your needs.

Window materials Include:


Vinyl windows are the most common type of window material and are often chosen because they are affordable and durable. Vinyl windows do not require painting or staining, and they are resistant to weathering and fading. Additionally, vinyl windows are relatively easy to maintain and clean.

The most affordable option when looking for new windows is often vinyl. But don’t be deceived by the cost. Vinyl is strong and won’t corrode or rust. As a result, you’ll end up spending less money overall on maintenance and repair. Vinyl windows have a lifespan of 20 to 40 years. The environment and surroundings where you live have an impact on how long they live. For instance, the vinyl will degrade more quickly and your windows’ lifespan will be closer to 20 years if they are exposed to intense sunlight for extended periods of time.


Wood windows can be a great choice for your home. They offer natural insulation and are a beautiful addition to any room. Additionally, they can help improve the value of your home. Many wood windows today contain triple pane glass.

Wooden windows are a popular choice among homeowners because they offer a traditional look and feel. Wooden windows also tend to be more energy efficient than vinyl windows, as they are better at insulating against both heat and cold. However, wooden windows require more maintenance than vinyl windows, as they must be painted or stained every few years in order to protect them from weathering. Additionally, wooden windows are more expensive than vinyl windows. 


Steel-framed windows – or to give them their proper name – Crittall windows can end up being fairly heavy and expensive. Aluminum windows are inexpensive, making them an excellent choice for projects that need to keep costs down. Wood window frames are costly, and regular maintenance drives the cost even higher. Steel windows are a strong and secure option that also boast modern design. They would make a great option for homeowners looking for window frames that are secure, require very little maintenance and won’t need to be replaced for many years.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, when selecting windows for a new home, there are many options for style and function. Some of the best window styles include picture windows, bay and bow windows, sliding windows, casement windows, awning windows, double-hung windows, and jalousie windows. Consider these different window types to create the perfect look and feel for your new home.

Frequently asked questions

Q: Will new construction windows come with a window frame?

Window frames are typically provided to the customer when they order a window. However, some window manufacturers do offer pre-installed window frames as well. It just depends on what type of window you are ordering.

Q: Do single-hung windows provide enough natural light?

It depends on the size and placement of the window. Generally speaking, single-hung windows do not provide as much natural light as double-hung windows or casement windows. However, if placed in the right spot and sized correctly, a single-hung window can provide plenty of natural light.

Q: How big are the glass panes in vinyl windows?

The size of the glass panes in vinyl windows can vary, but they’re typically around 24″ by 36″. Some panes may be smaller or larger, but this is a common size.

Q: Should I get replacement windows if my slider window cracks?

It depends. If the slider window is still operable and there are no drafts seeping in, then you may not need to replace it. However, if the window is cracked and letting in drafts, then you should definitely replace it.


  • Michelle Garofalo

    Michelle Garofalo is the guiding force behind MSC Enterprises, LLC, a prominent custom home builder and real estate developer in Monmouth County and Ocean County, New Jersey. With over 25 years in real estate development, her expertise extends from a successful career in the solar industry, where she managed over 75MW of projects. Co-founding Infiniti Energy, Michelle now oversees day-to-day operations and leads business development, ensuring a seamless journey for clients. Her meticulous approach and commitment to excellence are reflected in MSC's residential and commercial properties, known for their quality, durability, and energy efficiency.

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