You’ve made the decision to replace the windows of your St. Paul home, but now is the moment to determine which windows will be the best fit. Understanding the difference in window styles and features they offer is a crucial 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 have to spend.
STYLES OF WINDOWS 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 supply ventilation and privacy all at once. Awning windows are commonly assigned to southern home designs.
Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows commonly feature a large middle window 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 create a gradual arching frame. Bay and bow windows offer beautiful sweeping views, as well as giving a room the feel of being larger than it is. Many of our St. Paul area clients add a middle 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 questionably the most popular style of windows in the St. Paul area. Found within numerous home designs, casement windows feature a single sash that’s mounted on either side and opens by cranking a handle located on the bottom, interior side. 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 suggest 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 double the height as compared to width and each sash is an equal-sized square.
Fixed Windows — Fixed windows are most often used for decorative purposes or combined with other windows. Commonly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows do not open, as they are used to contribute an architectural enhancement to your St. Paul house.
Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are almost the same as double hung windows, with one exception: only the bottom sash opens by pushing upward; the top sash does not open at all.
Sliding Windows — Sometimes described as sliders or gliders, sliding windows open precisely as their name suggests; they shift side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those challenging-to-reach areas in your St. Paul home, such as over the kitchen sink. These windows are commonly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.
Skylights — Many St. Paul homeowners that would like the additional natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the addition to allow traditional wall-installed windows, should ponder 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 often combined 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 provide the illusion of larger windows by allowing more sunlight in and more airflow if the windows vent. Transom windows are available in a variety of shapes, including square, rectangular, half-circle, elliptical and more.
Window Wall — As you might assume, 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 either exterior or interior walls.
To find the right window for your St. Paul area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.