How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Shrewsbury, MA Area Home
You’ve made the decision to replace the windows of your Shrewsbury home, but you want your windows to enhance its beauty and provide the functionality you’ve been missing for years. Learning the unique features and competitive differences they offer is a critical 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 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 give your property ventilation and privacy at the same time. 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 feature four or more equal-size windows, likely casements structured to make a gradual arching frame. Bay and bow windows offer beautiful sweeping views, as well as giving a room the illusion of being larger than it is. Many of our Shrewsbury area clients add a middle window bench 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 most popular style of windows in the Shrewsbury area. Found within numerous home designs, casement windows are constructed with a single sash that’s mounted on one of the sides and opens by turning a crank shaft in a clockwise motion. With such a design, ventilation is aplenty with casement windows compared to 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 — 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 are most striking 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 typically used as a primary focal point or within a pattern combined with other windows. Commonly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows do not open, as they are intended to bring an architectural enhancement to your Shrewsbury 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 — Sometimes described as sliders or gliders, sliding windows open just as their name implies; they shift side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those difficult-to-reach areas in your Shrewsbury home, such as over the kitchen sink. These windows are commonly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.
Skylights — Many Shrewsbury homeowners that would like the additional natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the room to accommodate common wall-installed windows, might consider 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 added to other window styles, and can be either fixed or vented units. Normally placed atop or below the main window or door. Transoms offer the illusion of taller 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 perfect window for your Shrewsbury area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.