Congratulations on your decision to replace the windows of your Evansville home, but you want your windows to enhance its beauty and provide the functionality you’ve been missing for years. Learning the facts about your choices and what features they offer is an important next step in your window purchase process. Choosing 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 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. They are typically
installed over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to provide ventilation and privacy. Awning windows are often found on southern home designs.
Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows commonly feature 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, most often casements that produce a gradual arching projection. Bay and bow windows offer impressive sweeping views, as well as giving a room the illusion of being larger than it is. Many of our Evansville area clients opt to include a convenient window seat 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 among the highest demand style of windows in the Evansville area. Included within numerous home designs, casement windows have a single sash that’s connected with hinges on the left or right and opens by using a crank handle. 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 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 — 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 look most appropriate for your home’s architecture 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 usually used to add some decoration to your window pattern. Commonly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows never open, as they are intended to contribute an architectural enhancement to your Evansville house.
Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are the same as double hung windows, with one difference: only the bottom sash opens by pushing upward; the top sash cannot open.
Sliding Windows — Referred to as sliders or gliders, sliding windows open precisely as their name suggests; they slide side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those difficult-to-reach areas in your Evansville home, such as over the kitchen sink. These windows are frequently used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.
Skylights — For any Evansville homeowners that would like the extra natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the addition to accommodate common wall-installed windows, may want to 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 — Just like 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 give the illusion of taller windows by allowing more sunlight in and more 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 both exterior or interior walls.
To find the right window for your Evansville area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.