Congratulations on your decision to replace the windows of your Lewes home, but you want your windows to enhance its beauty and provide the functionality you’ve been missing for years. Learning the difference in window styles and features they offer is a critical next step in your window purchase process. Selecting a window style really depends on your home’s architecture, the purpose or use of the window, and of course, your budget.
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 typically
installed over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to supply ventilation and privacy all at once. Awning windows are often found on southern home designs.
Bay and Bow Windows — Most bay windows feature a large window in the middle with casement or double-hung windows on each side set at 30- or 45-degree angles. The windows can be opened or fixed (or a blend of the two). The bow window is made up of four or more equal-size windows, usually casements displayed to make a gradual arching projection. Bay and bow windows offer beautiful sweeping views, in addition to giving a room the illusion of being larger than it is. Many of our Lewes area homeowners opt to include a convenient window seat to their bay or bow windows to enhance the functionality of these windows and allow more enjoyment all year long.
Casement Windows — Often referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are among the best selling style of windows in the Lewes area. Found within many home designs, casement windows are constructed with a single sash that’s hinged 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). In relation to the actual look of your home, we recommend 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 — Most commonly used in traditional, Colonial or Victorian 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 for decorative purposes or combined with other windows. Most popularly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows never open, as they are intended to add an architectural enhancement to your Lewes house.
Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are the same as double hung windows, with one unique feature: only the bottom sash opens by pushing upward; the top sash is fixed permanently in place.
Sliding Windows — Often called sliders or gliders, sliding windows open just as their name implies; they move side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those challenging-to-reach areas in your Lewes home, such as over the kitchen sink. Sliding windows are frequently used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.
Skylights — Those Lewes homeowners that would like the extra natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the addition to allow traditional 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 — Similar to fixed windows, transoms are often included with other window styles, and can be either fixed or vented units. They often are installed atop or below the main window or door. Transoms give the illusion of taller windows by allowing more sunlight in and increased 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 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 either exterior or interior walls.
To find the right window for your Lewes area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.