From letting in daylight and fresh air to granting the best views of the outside world and influencing the architectural design of the entire building, windows serve a variety of purposes in residential buildings. 

With that in mind, choosing window styles for your new or existing home requires careful consideration. Make the wrong choices and you could end up missing out on the chance to enjoy magnificent views of your home's exterior environment and to add curb appeal to the property. Incorrect window selection may also result in poorly lit rooms that feel stuffy and uncomfortable to stay in.

The key to choosing the correct window types for your home lies in understanding what your specific requirements for window installation are. Here are some of the main factors to think about when picking your residential windows.


As already mentioned above, window installation offers many advantages. The first thing to do in determining which window types to go for is to establish why you need new or replacement windows.

Are the windows needed to maximize daylight, improve ventilation, integrate interior and exterior spaces, or enhance the overall style of your home?

Some window styles are more suited to certain residential applications than others. For example, picture windows provide unobstructed views of a home's exterior due to their lack of glazing bars, but they offer no ventilation because they're permanently fixed in place. If you want great airflow, operable units such as casement windows, single-hung windows, or double-hung windows may fit the bill.


There may be many different window styles that match your home construction or improvement requirements, but they may not all be a practical option for your home.

While both casement windows and single-hung windows provide great ventilation, for example, the former type of windows swing outwards when opened. As a result, they require sufficient clearance to avoid bumping into obstacles on the home's exterior.

In applications where there isn't enough clearance for these windows to swing open, single-hung versions might prove to be a more practical option because they open from the bottom up.


Significant cost variations exist in the residential window market. Before making a purchase decision, get quotes for the different types of windows you're considering choosing for your home and compare those quotes based on price and value.

Choose windows that fit within your budget while getting you the most bang for your buck. Avoid the temptation to settle for low-priced windows as they may turn out to be of poor quality. Poor quality windows don't work well or last long.

The stakes are high when it comes to choosing windows for your home. Your residential windows are not only going to impact the aesthetics of your home but also its efficiency and market value. To ensure you make the right decision, talk to a residential window installation technician.