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Types of Windows

8/2/2012 8:14:23 AM | by Anonymous


Windows are present in almost every type of building structure and serve a very vital role of providing ventilation and light into a home or building. They are usually transparent openings in a door or wall which allow light and if opened let air and sound to pass through into the structure. They are held in place with a frame which prevent them from falling off or collapsing. Most windows can be opened to allow ventilation or closed to keep hard or inclement weather out. Windows in offices can help to boost the morale of workers and motivate them to perform better as they would allow lighting to enter the building and offer a view outside the office. In the case of homes, windows help to provide ventilation when opened and remove stale stagnant air and replace it with fresh air, while also lighting up unlighted areas. Today, there are several types of windows that come in a variety of designs and sizes that can be installed in homes or offices. Some building structures today are even constructed in such a way to have windows forming their entire exterior wall structure.


Types of windows

Double hung windows

Also known as sash windows, these windows are traditional British styled windows that consist of two parts (the sashes) which overlap one another slightly and can slide up and down to be opened or closed. The bottom pane of the window usually is immovable while the top pane can be slid up or down to open the window. As the bottom pane is locked in a place, these windows can be used for rooms that have young occupants to ensure their safety. The opening that these windows provide can be rather big which allows for better ventilation of the room. However they do have some cons; since they have a big opening, they may pose as a dangerous feature in the room and if someone is not careful, he or she might trip and fall out of the window. The big opening can also allow unwanted harsh inclement weather or objects to enter.


Casement windows

These windows, unlike double hung windows, crank open to one side and not slide up and down. It is easier to open these windows as compared to opening double hung windows. These windows consist of a hinged sash which causes it to swing in or out like a door and open outwards to allow light and air to enter the room. They also have a very tight seal which, when closed, prevents any outside matter from entering the room.


Awning windows

Usually positioned on high walls, these windows provide a room with good ventilation when positioned correctly. Rooms that require privacy or not too much light make use of these windows as they limit the room’s exposure. They are similar to casement windows with the only difference being that they have their hinges located at the top instead of the side and therefore are opened vertically instead of horizontally. These windows have a limited width that they can be opened to.


Picture windows

These windows compromise of a large glass panel that usually cannot be opened and is affixed in a specific location to allow natural light to enter the room. As their name would suggest, these windows allow a picture view of the outdoors. The application of such windows is usually in office buildings where ventilation is not a big concern as it is done through mechanical systems but the view of outdoors can help workers relieve some stress. However, one disadvantage of these windows is that their large glass surface would be more vulnerable to breakage.

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