If your windows are drafty or tend to ice over when it gets cold, it may be time to look for new ones, especially if they are over 15 years old. If you have not shopped for new ones in all that time, be aware that you may be a bit overwhelmed by your choices. There are almost 20 different types of replacement windows for you to choose from.
Single and double hung are the most popular and affordable types of replacement windows available. Single hung windows are generally 20% cheaper than their double hung cousins and only allow for the bottom of the window to be opened. Double hung windows allow you to open both the top and bottom and are therefore easier to maintain.
If you are looking for more floor space to go along with your window installation, then try a bay or bow window. Bay is good for more modern homes, while bows are good for older styled homes. Both come out and create a shelf. However, bay windows are much more affordable than bows. If you are looking for a smaller bay window, then you may want to consider a garden window.
Casement windows are also a popular choice. Instead of sliding open, they open either in or out and therefore allow for a less obstructed view. In addition, they are also excellent when it comes to insulation and ventilation.
Another type of window that you can look into having installed is either a picture window or a transom window. A picture window is great if you have an awesome view and transoms are simply for decoration. Neither opens, so they do not allow for ventilation or escape if there is a fire or other emergency.
In this same category, there are also glass block windows. These allow light to come in, while still maintaining your privacy and are used most often in bathrooms. Again, they do not open, so you cannot get air in or climb out of them.
If you are looking to make a statement with your windows, you can opt for sliding or hoppers. Sliding windows are like mini-sliding glass doors and hoppers crank open from the top. Hoppers are great for smaller rooms and spaces, like a basement.
Sticking to the basement, if you need to replace the windows down there, you can opt for egress windows. They are designed with safety in mind and are installed to allow for an additional exit should one be needed in an emergency.
There are also round windows and arched windows and if that is still not enough selection for you, or you have a space where none of this can or will fit, you can opt to have custom windows made and truly make your home unique.
It is best to take into account the cost of the windows, as well as ease of use and maintenance when deciding the style and type that you would like installed in your home.