You’ve made the decision to replace the windows of your Sunset Hills home, but now is the moment to determine which windows will be the best fit. Discovering the unique features and competitive differences they offer is a critical next step in your window purchase process. Deciding upon a window style really depends on your home’s architecture, the purpose or use of the window, and of course, your budget.
WINDOW STYLES TO CONSIDER:
Awning Windows — Hinged from the top and opening outward from the bottom, awning window's construction pushes water away from the window opening. Awning windows are typically
installed over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to provide ventilation and privacy all at once. Awning windows are often found on southern home designs.
Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows typically feature a large window in the middle bordered left and right by casement or double-hung windows set at 30- or 45-degree angles. The windows can be opened or fixed (or a blend of the two). The bow window is made up of four or more equal-size windows, usually casements that produce a gradual arching frame. Bay and bow windows offer amazing sweeping views, in addition to giving a room the feel of being larger than it is. Many of our Sunset Hills area customers want a center window bench to their bay or bow windows to provide additional seating for guests or everyday use.
Casement Windows — Often referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are questionably the highest demand style of windows in the Sunset Hills area. Used in numerous home designs, casement windows are constructed with a single sash that’s connected with hinges on the left or right and opens by using a crank handle. Because of its design, casement windows supply more ventilation versus double-hung windows (particularly if your window opening faces the direction of the wind). In relation to the actual look of your home, we encourage you to consider casement windows for taller windows, over wider ones. Also, because casement windows crank out, and therefore take up more space when open, we do not recommend them for heavily trafficked areas, such as decks or front porches.
Double-Hung Windows — Most commonly used in traditional, Colonial or Victorian home designs, double-hung windows feature two sashes within a single frame. The top and bottom sash bypass each other vertically
when opening from the bottom up or the top down. Double-hung windows look most appropriate for your home’s architecture when they are about twice as tall as they are wide and each sash is an equal-sized square.
Fixed Windows — Fixed windows are usually used as a primary focal point or within a pattern combined with other windows. Most popularly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows never open, as they are meant to contribute an architectural enhancement to your Sunset Hills house.
Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are similar to double hung windows, with one difference: only the bottom sash opens by pushing upward; the top sash cannot open.
Sliding Windows — Sometimes described as sliders or gliders, sliding windows open exactly as their name states; they move side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those challenging-to-reach areas in your Sunset Hills home, such as over the kitchen sink. They are commonly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.
Skylights — Many Sunset Hills homeowners that would like the added natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the space to accommodate common wall-installed windows, might think about a skylight. Skylights can be opened manually or by remote control (if such functionality is offered), which likely will bring in more light and heat than windows due to their rooftop positioning.
Transom — Just like fixed windows, transoms are typically combined with other window styles, and can be either fixed or vented units. They often are installed atop or below the main window or door. Transoms provide the illusion of taller windows by allowing more sunlight in and additional airflow if the windows vent. Transom windows are available in a variety of shapes, including square, rectangular, half-circle, elliptical and more.
Window Wall — As you might assume, a window wall is literally a wall of windows that don’t open and stretch from floor to ceiling. The windows that make up the wall can be of similar or different sizes/shapes and be used for both exterior or interior walls.
To find the best window for your Sunset Hills area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.