Window Types

Different types of windows for the home and office

Windows play a major role in the design of a private house or a commercial building. Since there are many different window types on the market, the choice is not always easy. Different locations such as the dormer window or the basement require window types in special shapes and made of certain window materials.

When buying a window, the visual appearance is very important. The options for facade design with window shapes, colored window frames, window rungs and ornamental glass are varied, but the advantages and disadvantages of the individual functions and materials should also be considered before buying. With the right window, you can also positively influence the energy efficiency, security and protection of the entire building. Of course, the different shapes, glazing and materials in the window configuration can be combined in a variety of ways depending on your individual needs.

In most cases, you must collect all the necessary information individually on the Internet before you can clearly decide which window is the right one for you. If you are replacing old windows, you may need to get a dumpster or hire a contractor. Check out our rolloff dumpster page for more information. In order to make it as easy as possible for you to select and buy the right window, we have divided the window types into different categories.


  • front window
  • window door
  • skylight
  • interior window
  • basement windows
  • bathroom window
  • bay window

In addition, the components can of course also be named according to their function. Like, the fire protection window, heat protection or security window.


Many windows are also often classified according to their type of opening.

  • fixed glazing window
  • hung window
  • tilt window
  • swing-out window
  • turn window
  • swing casement window
  • sliding window/door
  • exit window


Another division is according to the material used. This very rough classification only refers to the material for the window frames. Here the windows are divided into the following types:

  • wood windows
  • plastic windows
  • aluminum windows
  • wood and aluminum windows
  • metal and plastic windows
  • steel windows
  • iron windows


Not every window has the typical rectangular shape. Different window shapes contribute to varied facades, but also help ensure that every room can be optimally illuminated.

Round windows and semicircular windows have a particularly decorative effect. A variant of these are also elliptical windows, which are often also required for the renovation of buildings.

Semicircular windows are often found in the gable, for which the shape is ideal.

Triangular windows or trapezoidal windows are also often used here. Thanks to them, the gable can be used optimally to allow natural light to enter. While triangular windows are completely slanted, the upper corners of beveled windows are sloped. The slanted windows are another special form that is often used in the gable.

Arched windows are particularly popular for classic style houses but are also often required for renovation. They resemble the arched windows often found in historical buildings, also called segment floor windows. These are also curved, but the curved part has an angle that is less than 180 degrees.


Skylight windows for the home

The term skylight refers to all windows that are used in the roof. However, vertical windows for hatches also belong to the type of roof windows. Roof windows create a popular living space under the roof through natural sunlight.

There is an abundance of different sizes and designs. If you are planning to expand the roof or build a new one and aim to reduce heating costs, you should find out about the range of roof window types in order to find a suitable window.


Bay windows

Bay windows are now a popular style element for expanding the living space, with a great view and more daylight in the living space.


Windows for the basement

As the term basement window suggests, it’s about windows in the basement. But if the basement is to be used as a living space, aspects such as ventilation and lighting should not be neglected.


Louvre or louver windows

Louvre windows are windows with individual glass panes, which can be tiled, that are attached to a frame. These are known primarily from commercial and industrial buildings. Nowadays, louvre windows also serve as design tools for glass facades and residential buildings. Louvre windows allow good ventilation through fine regulation and are durable and low-maintenance


Sliding door window

Due to their space-saving properties, sliding windows are suitable for smaller rooms, since they are pushed open and thus do not need window sashes indoors and outdoors.


Arched and curved windows

The arched window is a style element these days and it has an arch on the top of the frame. The arched window is particularly popular nowadays due to the individual design options such as the incorporation of rungs or ornamental glass. Arched windows can also be differentiated according to the type of arch (pointed arch, elliptical arch, basket arch, segment arch)


Panoramic windows

Panoramic windows have the effect that the living room seems to merge with nature. In addition to floor-to-ceiling windows, panoramic windows replace large parts of the wall – either in pieces or without dividing the glass pane. The rooms are excellently illuminated using these windows and appear significantly larger.


Swinging windows

Swing windows are often used as horizontal and standing roof windows. This type of window can be tilted up to 180 degrees via a horizontal axis. A distinction is made between swing windows and reversible windows. In addition, swing windows are space-saving, robust and ensure optimal air circulation.