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Which Window or Door Style is Right for Me?

Choosing a window and door style goes beyond appearance; you also need to consider a style’s operation, features and your home’s architectural design. From functional differences to the overall look, consider the following when choosing a window and patio for your home and lifestyle.

Your Home’s Architecture

From traditional to contemporary, the architectural design style of your home makes it unique. Learn about your home’s architecture and which window and door styles match its design aesthetic. If you’re replacing your windows, you can start by looking at the window and door styles currently in your home.

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Window and Door Operation

Simonton’s windows and doors are designed to open and close with ease. Understanding how each style operates and its unique benefits will help you find the ideal window and door for your home.

  • Double Hung

    Both bottom and top sash open and tilt in for easy in-home cleaning and fresh air. Ideal for multi-story homes and won’t obstruct walkways or patios when open.

  • Single Hung

    Fixed top sash with a bottom sash that lifts open for venting and tilts in to clean . Weather resistance design that won’t obstruct walkways or patios when open.

  • Sliding Windows

    Glides open and close horizontally to the left or right . Enjoy open views and great ventilation. End Vent Slider can replace a large picture window for fresh air.

  • Casement Windows

    Hinged on the side, sash crank open outward to the left or right. Maximum airflow with an interior screen. Easy in-reach operation above a sink or countertop.

  • Awning Windows

    Hinged at the top, sash crank out and up with the turn of the handle. Unique design and interior screen allow venting even during light rain.

  • Sliding Patio Doors

    A patio door that smoothly glides horizontally on a track. Spacing-saving design is available in 2, 3 and 4 panel styles. Enjoy full ventilation with a screen.

Which Window Style is Easiest to Clean?

Some window styles are easier to clean than other styles. Both double hung sash tilt in for easy in-home cleaning of the interior and exterior window surfaces. On single hung windows, only the bottom sash tilts in for cleaning outside surfaces. Sliding windows feature a lift-out sash that assists with cleaning. Casement windows open to a full 90 degrees to access interior and exterior surfaces from inside your home.

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Which Window Style Offers the Best Ventilation?

Casement windows open fully for maximum ventilation. Double hung and slider windows offer versatile ventilation and allow you to open the window for a preferred amount of fresh air.  Sliding patio doors offer excellent airflow when opened and the screen is engaged. Simonton operable windows and sliding patio doors come with screens—letting you enjoy fresh air while helping keep bugs out.

More Natural Light and Open Views

Bring the outdoors inside and let natural light brighten your interior with a large window or a window combination. Create a wall of windows by combining different window styles. Use operable windows for ventilation and add a distinctive look with specialty shaped windows. If privacy is a concern, place windows higher on the wall to allow light in from above. And nothing opens up your home to your outdoor living space like a sliding or multi-slide patio door.

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What is the best window for over a kitchen sink?

Casement windows open with a simple turn of a handle for easy access and operation over a kitchen sink. You can also consider a garden window that creates a beautiful, sun-drenched nook ideal for plants or collectibles with side windows for ventilation.

Find Your Perfect Window and Door

Complete our step-by-step walkthrough to find the ideal window and door to meet your home’s performance and design needs.

Find Out More

Browse our Get Started section for additional information on planning your window and door project.