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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Winston-Salem, North Carolina Area Home

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It’s time to replace the windows of your Winston-Salem home, but you want your windows to enhance its beauty and provide the functionality you’ve been missing for years. Understanding the facts about your choices and what features they offer is an important next step in your window purchase process. Deciding upon the ideal style of window 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 CONSIDER:

Awning Windows — Hinged from the top and opening outward from the bottom, awning window's construction pushes water away from the window opening. They are typically installed over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to provide ventilation and privacy at the same time. Awning windows are often associated with southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Most bay windows include a large centered window bordered on either side by double-hung or casement windows 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, usually casements that create a gradual arching projection. Bay and bow windows offer impressive sweeping views, in addition to giving a room the illusion of being larger than it is. Many of our Winston-Salem area clients add a middle window sitting area to their bay or bow windows to provide additional seating for guests or everyday use.

Casement Windows — Commonly referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are questionably the most popular style of windows in the Winston-Salem area. Found within countless home designs, casement windows feature a single sash that’s mounted on the left or right and opens by cranking a handle located on the bottom, interior side. 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. 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 for decorative purposes or combined with other windows. Often shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows will not open, as they are intended to contribute an architectural enhancement to your Winston-Salem 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 does not open at all.

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 challenging-to-reach areas in your Winston-Salem home, such as over the kitchen sink. Sliding windows are commonly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — Those Winston-Salem homeowners that would like the added natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the room to accommodate normal 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 — Not unlike fixed windows, transoms are typically included 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 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 — 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 exterior or interior walls.

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