When you are looking for new home windows, there are tons of replacement window types and options to fit any home style or budget. Each window type serves a different purpose and there are several window styles 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 can install in your home.
Here is a list of the top replacement window types and the different benefits of each:
Single Hung Windows
Single hung windows open vertically with their bottom window panel or lower sash moving up and down, and the upper sash remaining stationary. This means that when you open the window, the upper sash is covered on the inside. In fact, how these sections move is the major difference between single hung and 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. They are the most common replacement windows available in a great range of sizes and materials offered by all top brands along custom options for your homes.
A double–hung vinyl window will cost between $450 to $600 while a double hung wood window would be a more expensive option. Know more about double hung window brands, costs, and sizes and why they are one of the most common replacement windows that homeowners install.
Most arched windows do not open or close and are often installed above standard windows that provide ventilation. Some can open the same way a casement window does. They can also be installed in multi-arch structure with square or rectangle window panes on side and arched curved windows on the top as seen in the image below.
Awning windows are ideal for climates with a lot of rain, thanks to the way the window creates a water-resistant awning when opened. They swing open on the outside by being pushed outward with the latch or handle. This make them quite weatherproof and also easy to clean.
Bay windows are a beautiful addition to living rooms or kitchens offering alluring view to your outside area. They protrude from an exterior wall and create a small shelf in the home. They 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 can be anywhere from $1,150 to $3,550 with $240 to $800 per window cost. This usually consists of a center window, from which two side windows are angled at 30 to 40 degrees. The side windows can be double hung or casement windows installed for ventilation.
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Bow windows rely on custom curved windows that create a circular area along the outside of the home offering you extended views of your front or backyard area. Depending on the amount of window panels you want to use to create the curved bow window, they can sometimes run more expensive than a full bay window due to the complexity in installing them . A large bow window installation would cost around $1,400 to $3800.
Bow windows are also known as compass windows that utilize between four to six windows giving a Victorian look to your home. These windows can be a combination of fixed windows in the middle and ventilation windows at the ends.
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. These windows usually come with one casement window pane on the left and one on the right as seen in the photo below.
According to Rob Gruber, Vice President of Manufacturing at Champion Windows, casement windows are an emerging trend in modern home windows because they can open up a room while also adding home value:
“Casement windows are popular additions to modern homes because they offer large, unobstructed views of the outdoors. They also provide excellent ventilation and fresh air as they can be opened outward, rather than upward, to let a refreshing side breeze into your home. Add a casement window above a kitchen sink, or in your living room or home office to frame the perfect view.”
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. They may 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.
Garden windows are essentially mini bay windows that are meant for plants. They have earned their name because they act like tiny little greenhouses that protrude from the inside of your home. You can keep plants and herbs in the mini shelves so that they can be visible from the outside while getting sunlight into your home. Garden windows cost around $1,000 to $4,000 to install.
Garden windows can extend room space. They can be installed in living rooms and kitchen with side panels that be opened to provide ventilation for the plants.
Glass Block Windows
Glass block windows are most often considered accents and added to a section of the home to increase light flow. 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. Glass block window costs$400 to $1,100 per window.
Glass block window also provide security as they are built with thick blocks of glass that are not easy to break. They can also help you keep moisture out of your basement with their durable sealing.
Hopper windows are great for any room with limited wall space for a new window. They open from the top and usually crank open to tip down. They make efficient use of compact spaces, which is why they are commonly found in basements or bathroom. Unlike egress windows, basement hopper windows are mostly used for ventilation purposes only as they come in smaller sizes that cannot be used as an emergency exit.
Hopper windows cost to installcan range from $265 to $720 per hopper window. They are also known for providing excellent insulation, because they seal up against the frame when closed all the way.
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. They are often popular in coastal areas and are great for allowing in a nice breeze on a cool day with their enhanced airflow. Jalousie window can cost anywhere from $175 to $375 to replace.
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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, but are often paired with other windows for design and flexible functionality. They are large window types that do not have any breaks or visible frames, resulting in an unobstructed beautiful view. Installing a large picture window can make a room look larger. On average, a picture window will cost from $245 to $850 depending on size.
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. Half round windows can be combined with other window types like picture and transom to give a complementary look to your home style. Circle windows cost anywhere from $250 to $750.
While most round windows are fixed, some manufacturers offer round windows that are operable for ventilation and design.
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 is essentially a window for your roof, and it installs similarly to a roof vent.Skylight window installation costsanywhere from $900 to $2,130 for total installation.
Skylights can be both fixed or movable to allow for ventilation. Homeowners have an option to install electric skylight windows that open and close with push of a button instead of manual operation. These windows can also be used as emergency escape route.
Sliding windows are a great option for elongated wall space. They have two sections or sashes that are usually made from single windows, and one of the sections slides horizontally over top of the other to open or close. A sliding window installation costs$320 to $1,300 since they come in large sizes.
Sliding windows can make a small room look larger depending on the size of the windows you install. They are also called gliding or slider windows.
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Storm windows are exterior windows that install right in the same frame as your current windows. They are popular in areas with heavy storms and coastal regions prone to hurricanes. Storm windows add another layer of blocking out drafts and heat loss perfect for when cold weather rolls in. They are also perfect for areas that often get inclement weather. Exterior storm windows installation costs can range from $200 to $460 and are popular in coastal areas.
These windows can be installed by homeowners on either exterior or interior sides of the window pane and are much more affordable to replace.
Transom windows are decorative accent window types that help break up space or add a unique design focal point. They are 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 per window and make for a beautiful home accent. They are typically a semicircle shape, but they can be square or rectangular as well.
Transom windows can also be used to accentuate other window types and create unique designs by being installed around them. The windows help bring in more light into the space and can be installed to both exterior and interior of homes.
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When you have a space that you want to fill and standard types of windows are not 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 know average installation costs for new windows and break down your exact project estimate by window type. You can also research best window brands to choose from 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
What are the most common replacement windows installed?
There are around 18 different window types and styles as mentioned on this page that you can have installed or replaced in your home all with different styles, window frame options, energy efficiency ratings, and glass options. However, 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.
What factors affect the cost of new home windows?
New home window costs will vary by quite a few factors. Each of the different window types total installation cost will vary by selected window options and local labor rates. Here is a cost factor breakdown you can expect for any replacement window you choose to install:
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.)
Local Labor Rates (changes by location, demand in the area, etc.)
Can you negotiate new window prices?
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.