While the size, style and number of windows you install dramatically affects both the interior and exterior look of your home, shape is another…
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While the size, style and number of windows you install dramatically affects both the interior and exterior look of your home, shape is another stylistic characteristic to consider as well. This article discusses some of the most popular window shapes and the characteristics associated with them.
While the size and number of windows you install in your home will affect the overall style they create, shape plays an important role as well. The following is a list of common window shapes and their descriptions.
Arch: An arched window is usually a square or rectangular-shaped style with the top edge arched. These windows allow for a lot of light and plenty of style. They come in all shapes and sizes and can be as decorative or plain as you would like.
Circle: As the name suggests, a circular window forms a circle. Because they are so complex to install, circle windows are typically small, and are used more for decoration than lighting. This style also limits ventilation as most are picture windows that do not move.
Circle Top: A circle top window is actually a semi-circle, or a circle which has been cut in half. These windows can be quite large, but rarely open. They are often used to compliment large rectangular surfaces, such as doors or large rectangular windows.
Custom-Built: As the name suggests, custom built windows are windows built to accommodate your special requirements. They can be any shape or size, from triangular and trapezoidal to radial or something much more complex. Because these windows require special attention, they are typically more expensive than non-custom-built windows.
Oval: Oval windows are essentially circular windows that have been stretched. While, like circle windows, they rarely allow for ventilation, the stretched design allows more light to enter the home. These are typically decorative windows in smaller sizes.
Square: Square windows are square. Because of their simple design and installation, square windows come in virtually any size or style.
Rectangle: Rectangular windows are the most popular size of window used today. Part of the reason for their popularity is their versatility. As with square windows, rectangular types can come in virtually any size or style. They compliment nearly any interior or exterior design and can be oriented either vertically or horizontally. Because they are so commonly used and manufactured, rectangular windows are typically cheaper than all other shapes.
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