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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your North Carolina, and Roanoke, Virginia Area Home

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Congratulations on your decision to replace the windows of your North Carolina home, but now is the moment to determine which windows will be the best fit. Understanding the difference in window styles and features 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, how much you have to spend.

WINDOW STYLES TO THINK ABOUT:

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 mounted over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to give your property ventilation and privacy. Awning windows are often associated with southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows commonly feature a large middle window with casement or double-hung windows on each side set at 30- or 45-degree angles. Each window can be fixed, venting, or a combination of both. The bow window feature four or more equal-size windows, most often casements structured to create a gradual arching projection. Bay and bow windows offer gorgeous sweeping views, in addition to giving a room the feel of being larger than it is. Many of our North Carolina area customers want a center window bench to their bay or bow windows to enhance the functionality of these windows and allow more enjoyment all year long.

Casement Windows — Usually referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are quite possibly the most popular style of windows in the North Carolina area. Found within numerous home designs, casement windows are constructed with a single sash that’s connected with hinges on the left or right and opens by turning a crank shaft in a clockwise motion. 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 terms of appearance, we recommend 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 are most striking when they are about twice as tall as they are wide and each sash is an equal-sized square.

Fixed Windows — Fixed windows are most often used to add some decoration to your window pattern. Most popularly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows don’t open, as they are used to add an architectural enhancement to your North Carolina house.

Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are almost the same as double hung windows, with one exception: only the bottom sash opens by pushing upward; the top sash is fixed permanently in place.

Sliding Windows — Referred to as sliders or gliders, sliding windows open exactly as their name implies; they slide side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those hard-to-reach areas in your North Carolina home, such as over the kitchen sink. These windows are commonly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — Those North Carolina homeowners that would like the added natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the addition to permit traditional 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 — Similar to fixed windows, transoms are usually added to other window styles, and can be either fixed or vented units. They often are installed atop or below the main window or door. Transoms give the illusion of larger 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 — Just as the name suggests, a window wall is literally a wall of fixed windows 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 either exterior or interior walls.

To find the perfect window for your North Carolina area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.