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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Decatur, IL Area Home

How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Decatur, IL Area Home

It’s time to replace the windows of your Decatur home, but you want your windows to enhance its beauty and provide the functionality you’ve been missing for years. Discovering 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. Most of these 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 — Bay windows commonly involve a large window in the center bordered on either side by double-hung or casement 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, usually casements that produce a gradual arching projection. Bay and bow windows offer gorgeous sweeping views, in addition to giving a room the illusion of being larger than it is. Many of our Decatur area clients want a center window seat to their bay or bow windows to provide additional seating for guests or everyday use.

Casement Windows — Often referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are questionably the highest demand style of windows in the Decatur area. Included within many home designs, casement windows feature a single sash that’s hinged on the left or right and opens by using a crank handle. With such a design, casement windows supply more ventilation versus double-hung windows (particularly if your window opening faces the direction of the wind). From an overall appearance standpoint, we encourage you to consider casement windows for taller windows, over wider ones. Finally, casement windows open up to 90 degrees, so we do not recommend using them inhigh traffic area, such as porches, decks or similar areas.

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 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. Most popularly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows don’t open, as they are meant to add an architectural enhancement to your Decatur 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 does not open at all.

Sliding Windows — Referred to as sliders or gliders, sliding windows open precisely as their name suggests; they move side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those hard-to-reach areas in your Decatur home, such as over the kitchen sink. Sliding windows are frequently used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — Many Decatur homeowners that would like the added natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the room to accommodate normal wall-installed windows, may want to 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 — Not unlike fixed windows, transoms are often 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 offer the illusion of larger windows by allowing more sunlight in and additional 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 both exterior or interior walls.

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

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