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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Owensboro, KY Area Home

How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Owensboro, KY Area Home

You’ve made the decision to replace the windows of your Owensboro 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 an important next step in your window purchase process. Choosing a window style 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 mounted over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to supply ventilation and privacy all at once. Awning windows are often associated with southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Most bay windows involve a large window in the center with casement or double-hung windows on each side 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 consists of four or more equal-size windows, likely casements structured to create a gradual arching frame. 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 Owensboro area customers want a center window seat to their bay or bow windows to enhance the functionality of these windows and allow more enjoyment all year long.

Casement Windows — Commonly referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are one of the highest demand style of windows in the Owensboro area. Used in countless home designs, casement windows feature a single sash that’s attached on either side and opens by cranking a handle located on the bottom, interior side. As a result of their design, casement windows supply more ventilation versus double-hung windows (particularly if your window opening faces the direction of the wind). From an overall appearance standpoint, we recommend 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 — 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 typically used as a primary focal point or within a pattern combined with other windows. Often shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows will not open, as they are meant to contribute an architectural enhancement to your Owensboro house.

Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are the same as double hung windows, with one unique feature: only the bottom sash opens by pushing upward; the top sash does not open at all.

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

Skylights — Those Owensboro homeowners that would like the added natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the room to permit traditional wall-installed windows, might ponder 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 — Not unlike fixed windows, transoms are typically 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 offer the illusion of larger windows by allowing more sunlight in and more airflow if the windows vent. Transom windows are available in multiple 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 both exterior or interior walls.

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

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