How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Bloomington, IN, IN Area Home
You’ve made the decision to replace the windows of your Bloomington, IN home, but you want your windows to enhance its beauty and provide the functionality you’ve been missing for years. Understanding the difference in window styles and features they offer is a critical next step in your window purchase process. Deciding upon the right windows really depends on your home’s architecture, the purpose or use of the window, and of course, how much you can afford.
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. Awning windows are usually placed 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 — Bay windows commonly feature a large window in the center bordered left and right by casement or double-hung windows set at 30- or 45-degree angles. The windows can be opened or fixed (or a blend of the two). The bow window feature four or more equal-size windows, most often casements structured to create a gradual arching projection. Bay and bow windows offer amazing sweeping views, as well as giving a room the illusion of being larger than it is. Many of our Bloomington, IN area clients add a middle window sitting area to their bay or bow windows to enhance the functionality of these windows and allow more enjoyment all year long.
Casement Windows — Usually referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are among the best selling style of windows in the Bloomington, IN area. Included within countless home designs, casement windows feature a single sash that’s attached on one of the sides 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). In relation to the actual look of your home, 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 — 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 best when they are about twice as tall 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. Most popularly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows never open, as they are intended to bring an architectural enhancement to your Bloomington, IN 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 shift side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those hard-to-reach areas in your Bloomington, IN home, such as over the kitchen sink. They are commonly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.
Skylights — For any Bloomington, IN homeowners that would like the added natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the addition to permit common wall-installed windows, may want to ponder 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 — Not unlike fixed windows, transoms are usually added to 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 increased airflow if the windows vent. Transom windows are available in multiple shapes, including square, rectangular, half-circle, elliptical and more.
Window Wall — You guessed it -, 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 best window for your Bloomington, IN area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.