Replacement Window Types
When you are looking for new home windows, there are tons of replacement options to fit any home style or budget. Each window type serves a different purpose and there are many different windows to choose from. Here you can find a list of 18 window styles, their average costs to install, pictures of each, and a little bit of information to help you decide which new home windows you would like to install in your home. You may also be interested in researching some of the best window brands to choose from as well as the average installation costs for new windows.
Here is a list of the top replacement window types and the different benefits of each:
1. Single Hung Windows
The major difference between a single hung window and a double hung window is how the different types of window sections move. A single hung window usually costs in between $170 to $360 per window. With single hung windows, the bottom window panel or lower sash moves up and down, and the upper sash remains stationary. This means that when you open the window, the upper sash is covered on the inside. Find more details about single-hung windows here.
2. Double Hung Windows
A double-hung window is similar to a single hung window however both the lower sash as well as the upper sash can move up and down and usually tilt out for easy cleaning and maintenance in this common window type. A double–hung vinyl window will cost between $450 to $600. A double hung wood windows would be a more expensive option. Double hung windows are one of the most common replacement windows that homeowners install.
3. Arched Windows
Arched windows have rounded tops that add an architectural design to any home. The average cost for arched window installation is around $325 to $500 per window. Most arched windows do not open or close and are often installed above standard windows that provide ventilation. Some arched windows can open the same way a casement window does.
4. Awning Windows
Awning windows are ideal for climates with a lot of rain, thanks to the way the window creates a water-resistant awning when opened. A replacement awning window costs between $420 to $760 per window for installation.
5. Bay Windows
Bay windows protrude from an exterior wall and create a small shelf in the home. Bay windows rely on flat windows set into an angled frame that are built out of the home. A bay window costs more to install as it is a larger window that requires a skilled installer. The average cost to install a bay window could be anywhere from $1,150 to $3,550. This usually consists of a center window, from which two side windows are angled at 30 to 40 degrees.
6. Bow Windows
Bow windows rely on custom curved windows that create a circular area along the outside of the home. Depending on the amount of window panels you want to use to create the curved bow window, a bow window can sometimes run more expensive than a full bay window. A large bow window installation would cost around $1,400 to $3800.
7. Casement Windows
Casement windows swing out to the side or up to open. This allows the window to be constructed of solid glass and offers a less obstructed view overall. New casement windows cost anywhere from $270 to $750 per window installation. A casement window usually comes with one casement window pane on the left and one on the right as seen in the photo below.
8. Egress Windows
Egress windows are designed for safety more than anything else. These types of windows provide an escape route when an emergency such as a fire, for example, prevents you from exiting through a door. Egress windows are typically installed in the basement of your home. Some counties require you to install an egress window in your home for safety laws. An egress window may require an area to be excavated in order to install properly, so egress window installation costs can range from $1,000 to $5,000 depending on your home.
9. Garden Windows
Garden windows cost around $1,000 to $4,000 to install. Garden windows are essentially mini bay windows that are meant for plants. They’ve earned their name because they act like tiny little greenhouses that protrude from the inside of your home.
10. Glass Block Windows
Glass block windows are most often considered accents and added to a section of the home to increase light flow. Glass block window costs will vary for installation from $365 to $785. Most commonly, glass block window types are frosted or adorned with a patterned design, which provides simultaneous light and privacy. They are ideal for use in bathrooms, basements, and other private spaces.
11. Hopper Windows
Hopper windows open from the top and usually crank open to tip down. They make efficient use of compact spaces, which is why they’re commonly found in basements or bathroom. Hopper windows cost to install can range from $265 to $720 per hopper window. They’re also known for providing excellent insulation, because they seal up against the frame when closed all the way.
12. Jalousie Windows
Jalousie windows are a unique window style that splits into many different slats of metal or glass. The windows open like a set of blinds. Simply crank the lever and the slats tilt to the side, which creates a series of gaps for air to flow through. Jalousie window can cost anywhere from $175 to $375 to replace.
13. Picture Windows
Whether the view outside your home is a lush green backyard or a mountain range, the best way to fully enjoy your view is with beautiful large picture windows. Picture windows are fixed windows that can not be opened. Picture windows will cost from $245 to $850 depending on size. Picture windows are large window types that don’t have any breaks or visible frames, resulting in an unobstructed beautiful view.
14. Round Circle Windows
Round, half round, elliptical, or oval—the round circle windows category encompasses many different shapes that add architectural interest to your home. In particular, round windows give your space a nod to historical decor, such as Victorian or Gothic era structures. Circle windows cost anywhere from $250 to $750.
15. Skylight Windows
Skylight window installation costs anywhere from $900 to $2,130 for total installation. If you want to add more natural light to your home but have limited options with your exterior walls, a skylight window is an excellent window style option. It’s essentially a window for your roof, and it installs similarly to a roof vent.
16. Sliding Windows
Sliding windows have two sections that are usually made from single windows, and one of the sections slides horizontally overtop of the other to open or close. A sliding window installation costs $320 to $1,300 since they come in large sizes.
17. Storm Windows
Storm windows are exterior windows that install right in the same frame as your current windows. Storm windows add another layer of blocking out drafts and heat loss perfect for when cold weather rolls in. Storm windows are also perfect for areas who often get inclement weather. Exterior storm windows installation costs can range from $200 to $460 and are popular in coastal areas.
18. Transom Windows
Transom windows are decorative accent window types that help break up space or add a unique design focal point. A transom window is the decorative windows that you see installed above doors in upscale homes, or even above other windows in some instances. Installing transom windows cost $200 to $575 and make for a beautiful home accent. They’re typically a semicircle shape, but they can be square or rectangular as well.
When you have a space that you want to fill and standard types of windows aren’t meeting your needs, you can go with a custom window instead. Custom windows are crafted from dimensions that you or a professional measures in your home.
Some window replacement costs can be negotiated with bigger projects or discounted with specials being run in your area by window installers. Use our local window cost calculator to break down your exact project estimate by window type and have a guide to make sure you are getting the best price in your area. If you are unsure about the specific window types you want to install, it may be more beneficial to speak directly to local contractors and get free estimates with Modernize.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are around 18 different window types you can have installed or replaced in your home all with different styles, window frame options, energy efficiency ratings, and glass options. See pictures and installation costs through the link above. The most common window types installed in homes are:
- Double Hung Windows (two window sashes, opens vertically)
- Casement Windows (rectangular windows that open outwards with a handle)
- Picture Windows ( large fixed square windows that don't open, great for views)
- Bay Windows ( multi-window style that protrudes from the home and can include a seating area)
Each window type has a benefit or style that homeowners will want to review to see which one fits within their budget and correlates with their home design.
- Window Type (double hung, casement, bay window, garden window, etc.)
- Window Size (larger windows are more expensive)
- Window Frame Type (aluminum, wood, vinyl, fiberglass, etc.)
- Window Glass (energy efficient, sound proof, double pane, argon gas fill, etc.)
- Local Labor Rates (changes by location, demand in the area, etc.)
If you are unsure about the specific window types you want to install, it may be more beneficial to speak directly to local contractors and get free estimates with Modernize.