A Handy Guide to Window Types

Windows are essential to houses, and the look and type of mirrors you’re going to put in your house is going to affect the whole look. There’s a lot of types of windows and I’m sure it can be confusing if you don’t know what you want or need, but here’s a simple glossary of window types so when you’re deciding the layout and design of your next house, you get the windows of your dreams.

Single hung

This is one of the most common type of windows in houses and apartments right now. Single hung windows can only be opened with the lower panel.

Double hung

This is the other common type of window in houses and apartments right now. Double hung windows have two panels than can be opened. So to summarize: single hung can only be opened through the bottom panel; double hung windows can be opened with the top and bottom panel.


Arched windows have normal bottom halves but the upper part forms a half-circle. Arch-shaped windows bring a softness to a room in comparison to the sharp edges of a rectangular window.


Awning windows are hinged at the top and open outward. It allows air inside your house even if it’s raining. It’s usually placed higher on walls for privacy.


Casement windows are hinged at the side and open outward to the left or right. They can come in singles or pairs within a frame. Unlike single hung windows that slides open, this one swings out like an awning window type.

Bay Window

Bow Window

Bay and Bow

Bay windows extend outside your home. Bay windows are usually well suited for modern-style houses while bow windows are better for older Victorian style houses. It’s usually in three parts, one big glass in the center and two on the side that’s angled. If it has a shelf, it’s a bow window.

Glass block

Glass block windows are accents that are added to increase light flow. Most glass block windows are frosted to provide privacy without compromising the light. It’s ideal for basements or private spaces. They also come in clear blocks if you prefer having a view. They can be quite expensive to remove so really think about it before you get these.


This is a great option to let more natural light in to your home, especially if you have limited options with your exterior walls. It’s main purpose is increase sunlight, or have a beautiful view of the night sky.


If you’ve ever seen a sliding glass door, you pretty much know what a sliding window is. It usually doesn’t take up a lot of vertical wall space but only half of the window can be utilized for ventilation.


Round windows add architectural interest to your home. It’s a nod to historical decor, such as Victorian or Gothic era structures. It’s a perfect companions to glass doors or big square windows.

Window installations aren’t available yet in gawin.ph, however, we have interior design consultations and cleaning services if you ever need to have your windows cleaned.