Besides the more common casement (crank out), horizontal slider, or double hung windows, there are awnings, fixed, bay and bow windows, as well as picture windows, that each offer their own advantage, but are often overlooked due to the buyer focusing on the consistency of just one style.
Awning windows (hinged at the top of the frame) offer a view uninterrupted by center framework, and open easily by means of crank or lever.
As a result, awnings are an excellent choice for bathrooms or that awkward to reach area over the kitchen sink.
Further bonus to an awning is that it can be opened up during foul weather, since the top hinge mechanism strategically positions the sash to repel rain or snow, which can be a handy feature if you’re in the mood for a rainy day breeze.
However, awning style windows don’t open nearly as wide as a casement or double-hung style, plus, the crank mechanism extends out from the center, effectively blocking exit or entry access in case of emergency.
So, although an awning may save your breath in the kitchen or bathroom, it could compromise your exit strategy in the case of a fire, making it a poor choice for a first storey bedroom.
Fixed windows differ from picture windows in that they have a regular looking casement type sash that just doesn’t open. Picture windows, which have a simpler and smaller type frame, maximize the glass potential.
So, if your home is blessed with a terrific view, why break it up with an operating style window.
Plus, with our focus on comfort via heating or air conditioning, do we really need every window in the home to open?
However, the fixed style window is obviously going to present a challenge if it’s placed in an area that may require quick exit or immediate ventilation. So perhaps consider the style of window on a room-by-room basis, keeping some consistency of course, instead of sweeping uniformity, your home will be better served in the long run.