Whether you’re considering getting your home’s windows replaced or you’ve already decided it’s time, choosing the type of window you want can be a challenge. That’s why we’ve put together your replacement window buying guide to walk you through the various types of windows and frames you will have to consider when picking out your windows.

What Type of Window Should You Get?

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Double Hung

Double Hung windows are the most common and offer a classic look to your home. The different sashes can allow warmer air near the ceiling to move out through the top, while cooler air can flow in through the bottom. Many double-hung windows also feature windows with sashes that tilt inward which allows you to clean the outside surface from the inside of your home. This can be extremely appealing for homeowners with two stories.

Single Hung

The biggest difference between a single-hung and double-hung window is that only the lower sash is operable in a single-hung window. Just like with a double-hung window, some models will have access to pivot the sash inward so you can clean the exterior.

Sliding Windows

Sliding windows have one or more panels that move horizontally along an upper and lower track. This allows for the window to open up halfway provide ventilation to your home. 

white bay window against brown brick house.
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Projection Windows

If you want to go from something more picturesque, a projection window is the way to go. The window extends out from the house and is the assemblage of three or more individual unite position in slight angles. This gives the appearance of a gentle outward arc. These are similar to Bay windows but will have a small arc pattern than that of a bay window. 

What type of Window Frame Do I Need?

Your window frame is one of the most important parts of your window as it will affect things like heat transfer, durability, and even long-term maintenance. Here are the various types of frames you will have to consider when replacing your windows. 


Vinyl is one of the most common materials for replacement windows. You will find that Vinyl window frames are made from rigid, impact-resistant PVC with hollow chambers inside to help them resist heat. These will not require you to paint or finish them and the material usually won’t fade. 

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Another popular material for your frames, especially for the interior pieces of your window, is wood. Wood doesn’t conduct as much heat or cold as some of the materials on this list. It also doesn’t allow for much condensation. Wood frames will usually have to be painted and finished, which may cause additional upkeep long-term such as refinishing.


If you’re looking to save some money, Aluminum window frames are great and really cost effective. They’re durable, light and typically require very little maintenance.


Fiberglass windows are relatively new to the industry, but they are growing rapidly in popularity as they are the more durable and water resistant than vinyl.

When it comes to replacing your windows it’s important that you consider all your options. Our replacement window buying guide includes just some of the things you will need to consider when buying new windows. Check out our 7 Tips For Home Window Replacement article to help you start thinking about the other important factors. 

If you’re not sure what you need, have questions, or are ready to start your window replacement journey, make sure to visit our upcoming Home Show and meet with you local window replacement experts.