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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Westerly, Rhode Island Area Home

How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Westerly, Rhode Island Area Home

It’s time to replace the windows of your Westerly home, but selecting which windows will enhance your home’s appearance and meet the energy efficiency level you desire will be a tough decision too. Discovering the difference in window styles and features they offer is a crucial next step in your window purchase process. Selecting the ideal style of window really depends on your home’s architecture, the purpose or use of the window, and of course, your budget.

STYLES OF WINDOWS 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 associated with southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows commonly include a large middle window with casement or double-hung windows on each side set at 30- or 45-degree angles. The windows can be opened or fixed (or a blend of the two). The bow window consists of four or more equal-size windows, most often casements displayed to create a gradual arching insert. 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 Westerly area customers want a center window seat 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 quite possibly the most popular style of windows in the Westerly area. Included within countless home designs, casement windows feature a single sash that’s mounted on either side and opens by cranking a handle located on the bottom, interior side. As a result of their design, ventilation is aplenty with casement windows compared to 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. Finally, casement windows open up to 90 degrees, so we do not recommend using them inhigh traffic area, such as porches, decks or similar areas.

Double-Hung Windows — Used within a number of popular 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 usually used for decorative purposes or combined with other windows. Commonly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows never open, as they are meant to add an architectural enhancement to your Westerly house.

Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are similar to double hung windows, with one exception: only the bottom sash opens by pushing upward; the top sash cannot open.

Sliding Windows — Referred to as sliders or gliders, sliding windows open just as their name states; they move side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those difficult-to-reach areas in your Westerly home, such as over the kitchen sink. These windows are regularly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — For any Westerly homeowners that would like the additional natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the space to accommodate traditional wall-installed windows, may want to ponder a skylight. Skylights can be opened manually or by remote control (if such functionality is offered), which can bring in more light and heat than windows due to their rooftop positioning.

Transom — Similar to fixed windows, transoms are usually combined with other window styles, and can be either fixed or vented units. They’re usually located atop or below the main window or door. Transoms provide the illusion of larger windows by allowing more sunlight in and additional airflow if the windows vent. Transom windows are available in many different shapes, including square, rectangular, half-circle, elliptical and more.

Window Wall — Just as the name suggests, 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 either exterior or interior walls.

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

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