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What Is The Ideal Window For My Home?

Choosing the best window means choosing the type of opening that best satisfies your needs, style and personal preference. Consult our window comparison chart to read about the specifics and advantages of the different models available on the market.

For more information on these types of windows, go to the Expert Advice section Expert Advice section.

Be sure to contact your city officials in order to obtain a window-replacement permit (if required). They may even impose a specific style of window, for uniformity or to match the esthetics of your neighborhood.

Window Comparison Chart

Casement Windows

  • Lateral opening mechanism allowing the window to open outside on a vertical axis
  • Crank or push-out opening
  • Optimal ventilation
  • Superior performance (compressed weatherstripping)
  • Very popular in Canada and increasingly in the western U.S.

Single or Double Horizontal Sliders

  • One or two horizontal-sliding sash opening
  • Space-saving, does not interfere with outside elements
  • Ideal for egress
  • Thinner profiles
  • The most cost-effective solution
  • Very popular in North America

Tilt and Turn Windows

  • Dual indoor opening systems, vertical and horizontal axes
  • Good ventilation all day long
  • Aeration without fear of leakage
  • Superior performance (compressed weatherstripping)
  • European design

Awning Windows

  • Top opening mechanism allowing the window to open outside on a horizontal axis
  • Good ventilation, can remain open during the rain
  • Superior performance (compressed weatherstripping)

Single or Double Hung Windows (Vertical Sliders)

  • One or two vertical-sliding sashes
  • Traditional style
  • Space-saving, does not interfere with outside elements
  • Ideal for egress

Fixed or Panoramic Windows

  • No opening
  • Mainly used to create specific architectural shapes (half-moon, half-circle, etc.)
  • Superior performance

Bay Windows

A 3-part window:

  • Two lateral openings placed at a 30° or 45° angle
  • One fixed sash between both laterals

Bow Windows

  • Bay window with more than 3 parts

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