“A home’s windows are necessary for maximizing the home’s energy efficiency, providing proper airflow, allowing natural light to filter in, and enhancing aesthetics. In addition, the view they offer is an equally important factor to consider when you are in the market for new windows,” said Christopher Wittmann, Senior Sales Representative with Callen Construction, Inc. in Muskego. “When it comes to selecting new windows for your home, you can strategically select window types that emphasize the finest views of your property.” For instance, picture, bay and bow, sliding, casement and awning, and single- and double-hung are all ideal window options that provide clear, open views.
Picture windows, also known as fixed windows, provide a totally unobstructed view of your surroundings. Their construction and design are simple in that they consist of one large pane of glass that sits inside a window frame. They are stationary, or in other words, the window does not open or close, which ensures maximum energy efficiency. Picture windows are known for the ample amount of natural light they let in as well as the expansive view they provide. “If you select this type of window, you won’t have to worry about framing or hinges impeding your view of the outdoors,” said Christopher. Picture windows are often seen on the sides and top of entry and patio doors as well as in any space where you want to capitalize on the view.
Bay and bow windows are some of the most aesthetically pleasing window options available, offering a unique view of the world around you. Typically, bay windows are comprised of a fixed center window and two adjacent functional windows to allow for airflow. Bow windows generally consist of four or more windows that are situated next to each other in such a way to create a curve. Both window types project outwards, away from the home, creating a window ledge or seat, which is ideal for a lounge area, plants or other décor, and storage. “The angled design of bay and bow windows, coupled with the abundant number of glass panes, provides a true panoramic view of the property,” Christopher said. “This enhanced view is best enjoyed in dining rooms and living rooms.”
Sliding windows offer an open view along with a fresh breeze. Typically, they’re comprised of a fixed windowpane and an operable windowpane, which are placed horizontally adjacent to one another inside a single frame. The sashes allow you to open and close the operable windowpane using a left to right motion. “The windows are typically broad in design to allow for an extensive view as well as plenty of natural light and ventilation,” he said. “Sliding windows are best installed in rooms where the wall has a greater width than height, or in areas that face a patio, porch, or walkway.”
Casement and awning windows are similar in that they both open with the use of a hand crank, however, they differ in terms of the hinge location. Hinged on the sides of the window frame, casement windows open and close like a door, while awning windows, which are hinged at the top of the window frame, open outwards from the bottom. “Both window types offer completely unrestricted views as there is no framing that will hinder your line of sight,” said Christopher. “Casement and awning windows are great for living or family rooms and any place where you can comfortably sit and enjoy the view. They also work well in kitchens and bathrooms where additional ventilation is needed.”
Single-hung and double-hung windows are some of the most popular window options available. Single-hung windows feature a lone movable sash that can be raised from the bottom, while the top portion of the window remains fixed. Conversely, double-hung windows consist of two operable sashes, which allows you to raise the bottom sash as well as lower the top sash in order to maximize airflow. “Moreover, today’s single- and double-hung windows often consist of thinner lines of framing in order to optimize your view,” he said. Due to their versatility, single- and double-hung windows are seen in a variety of rooms, including kitchens, dining rooms, living rooms, and bedrooms.
Framing your view to the outdoors is an essential step when considering new windows for your home. “Selecting window types that are specially designed to capitalize on the view gives you the opportunity to highlight or frame specific aspects of your property,” said Christopher. “Picture, bay and bow, sliding, casement and awning, and single- and double-hung windows are all viable options to consider when it comes to enhancing your connection to nature.”