Congratulations on your decision to replace the windows of your Lethbridge home, but now is the moment to determine which windows will be the best fit. Learning the difference in window styles and features they offer is a critical 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.
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 usually placed over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to supply ventilation and privacy. Awning windows are often associated with southern home designs.
Bay and Bow Windows — Most bay windows involve a large middle 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, most often casements that make a gradual arching frame. Bay and bow windows offer gorgeous sweeping views, as well as giving a room the illusion of being larger than it is. Many of our Lethbridge area homeowners add a middle window bench to their bay or bow windows in order to further enjoy the open feeling that they offer.
Casement Windows — Commonly referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are questionably the most popular style of windows in the Lethbridge area. Used in countless home designs, casement windows have a single sash that’s mounted on either side and opens by turning a crank shaft in a clockwise motion. As a result of their design, casement windows provide excellent ventilation (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 — 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 most appropriate for your home’s architecture when they are about double the height as compared to width and each sash is an equal-sized square.
Fixed Windows — Fixed windows are usually used to add some decoration to your window pattern. Most popularly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows will not open, as they are meant to contribute an architectural enhancement to your Lethbridge house.
Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are the same as double hung windows, with one exception: only the bottom sash opens by pushing upward; the top sash cannot open.
Sliding Windows — Often called sliders or gliders, sliding windows open precisely as their name states; they slide side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those hard-to-reach areas in your Lethbridge home, such as over the kitchen sink. They are frequently used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.
Skylights — Those Lethbridge homeowners that would like the added natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the space to accommodate common wall-installed windows, should consider 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 — Just like fixed windows, transoms are usually 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 give the illusion of bigger 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 — As you might assume, 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 Lethbridge area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.