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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Northern Virginia, VA Area Home

How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Northern Virginia, VA Area Home

It’s time to replace the windows of your Northern Virginia 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. 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.

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 mounted 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 centered window bordered left and right by casement or double-hung windows set at 30- or 45-degree angles. The display can include vented or fixed windows; you can even combine window styles according to your needs for the area. The bow window is made up of four or more equal-size windows, usually casements displayed to produce a gradual arching projection. Bay and bow windows offer amazing sweeping views, in addition to giving a room the illusion of being larger than it is. Many of our Northern Virginia area homeowners opt to include a convenient window sitting area 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 best selling style of windows in the Northern Virginia area. Used in many home designs, casement windows feature a single sash that’s connected with hinges on the left or right and opens by using a crank handle. With such a 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 suggest casement windows for taller windows, over wider ones. We would suggest you avoid casement windows in high traffic areas, due to the fact that they take up more space when open.

Double-Hung Windows — A wide variety of home designs utilize double-hung windows, including traditional, Colonial and Victorian. 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 best when they are about two-times the height as they are wide and each sash is an equal-sized square.

Fixed Windows — Fixed windows are most often used for decorative purposes or combined with other windows. Often shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows never open, as they are intended to add an architectural enhancement to your Northern Virginia 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 — Sometimes described as sliders or gliders, sliding windows open just as their name states; they move side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those challenging-to-reach areas in your Northern Virginia home, such as over the kitchen sink. These windows are frequently used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — For any Northern Virginia homeowners that would like the additional natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the space to allow common wall-installed windows, might consider a skylight. Skylights can be opened manually or by remote control (if such functionality is offered), which often brings in more light and heat than windows due to their rooftop positioning.

Transom — Just like fixed windows, transoms are usually included with other window styles, and can be either fixed or vented units. Normally placed atop or below the main window or door. Transoms give the illusion of taller 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 — You guessed it -, a window wall is literally a wall of windows that do not 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 Northern Virginia area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.

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