7 Popular Types of Custom Windows

Windows are an essential part of any home. They let in light, circulate air, and are an interesting focal point. There are so many different types and each kind can serve a different purpose. Here are a few popular types of custom windows to consider for your home:

1. Picture Window

If you have a picturesque view outside your home, a picture window might be a perfect choice for your home. Plus, it’s a great way to incorporate windows into your home. Picture windows are rectangular and are fixed frames (or stationary) meaning they can not open. They come in many size options and are a great way to allow a lot of natural light into your home.

Because these windows do not open, some homeowners opt to pair a picture window with an operable window on each side. This increases the size of your window area and you’ll be able to get some air circulation if desired.

Check out the video below to see the Zephyr Thomas team installing a picture window for this homeowner!

2. Bay or Bow Window

If you’re looking to make a statement, adding a bow window or bay window to your home could be the way to do it. These types of windows are similar to picture windows as they offer a nice view. However, bay windows consist of three panels that extend out from the wall and create a nook. There is an operable window on each side of an inoperable window in the center.

Bay windows are a great choice if you want a little nook in your room. It’s a great place to grow some plants or even have a nice seating area. This kind of window adds an interesting architectural detail and flair to your home. Plus, it’s a fun curb appeal idea to try.

Take a look at the video below to watch the Zephyr Thomas team replacing this homeowner’s bay window!

3. Transom Window

A transom window is a rectangular or semicircular window that sits above a door and is one of the popular types of custom windows. The bar that separates the door and window is called a transom, which is where these windows get their name. Some windows can open while others are for aesthetic design only. These are also common window options for entry doors.

This type of window can make a room or door feel much grander, which is often a feature of older homes. You can choose from a variety of glass options, including textured, frosted, or stained glass. Frosted and textured glass are ways to add privacy to your windows if you want that.

4. Garden Window

Garden windows are the perfect window if you want to grow a lot of indoor plants. A lot like a bay window, garden windows protrude out from your home, creating a mini greenhouse. It is a three-panel glass structure with a shelf and there are many ways to use garden windows.

This custom window lets in a lot of natural light, which is important if you plan to grow flowers or herbs. They’re great for cooler climates as they can help you have access to plants year-round or to start plants before transferring outside. A garden window is one of the popular kitchen window styles, but can be installed in any room you like.

5. Round Window

Sometimes called circular windows, round windows are a good choice if you want to make a statement in your home. They can be inoperable or operable and come in a variety of sizes and customizable options.

There are a few variations to round windows. They can come in an octagon or hexagon shape if you desire. You can also opt for the half-round, quarter-round, elliptical, or half-elliptical shape, as well. These can be placed above traditional square or rectangle windows to create an arch. Plus, there are plenty of exterior window trim styles that work well with them.

6. Skylight Window

A skylight is essentially a window for your roof and is a great way to flood your home with natural light! This natural light is just one of the benefits of skylights.

Skylights often come in a rectangular shape and are installed on your roof. You can opt for ventilating skylights if you want some air circulation or you choose a window that does not open. Skylights offer any room an airy feel and can make a room feel much bigger.

Check out the video below to see the Zephyr Thomas team installing skylights for this homeowner!

7. Custom-Shaped Windows

If any of the above choices aren’t quite what you’re looking for, you might need to look at custom-shaped windows. There are nearly limitless design options so finding the perfect fit is possible. This is a popular option for basement windows where standard sizes and shapes may not make sense.

These windows are also perfect if you want a window in a specific area but a standard window doesn’t fit. You can find circles, triangles, and even eyebrow-shaped windows for your home. Between custom-shaped windows and custom-shaped glass, the options are practically endless.

Take a look at the time-lapse video below to see the Zephyr Thomas team replacing custom windows and glass options for this church!

These are just a few popular types of custom windows to try in your home. If you are interested in replacement windows or are thinking about adding new windows to your home, contact Zephyr Thomas at 717-399-4708 to start a free quote.