Congratulations on your decision to replace the windows of your Murray home, but selecting which windows will enhance your home’s appearance and meet the energy efficiency level you desire will be a tough decision too. Understanding the unique features and competitive differences they offer is an important next step in your window purchase process. Selecting 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 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. They are usually placed over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to provide ventilation and privacy all at once. Awning windows are often found on southern home designs.
Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows commonly involve a large centered window 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 consists of four or more equal-size windows, most often casements that produce a gradual arching projection. Bay and bow windows offer impressive sweeping views, while giving a room the sense of being larger than it is. Many of our Murray area customers opt to include a convenient window bench 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 quite possibly the best selling style of windows in the Murray area. Included within numerous home designs, casement windows feature a single sash that’s attached on the left or right and opens by cranking a handle located on the bottom, interior side. With such a design, casement windows provide excellent ventilation (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 — 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 most appropriate for your home’s architecture when they are about twice as tall as they are wide and each sash is an equal-sized square.
Fixed Windows — Fixed windows are typically used for decorative purposes or combined with other windows. Often shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows never open, as they are used to contribute an architectural enhancement to your Murray house.
Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are almost 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 — Often called sliders or gliders, sliding windows open just as their name states; they move side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those challenging-to-reach areas in your Murray home, such as over the kitchen sink. They are frequently used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.
Skylights — Many Murray homeowners that would like the additional natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the room to allow normal wall-installed windows, should ponder a skylight. Skylights can be opened manually or by remote control (if such functionality is offered), which often brings 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’re usually located atop or below the main window or door. Transoms provide the illusion of taller windows by allowing more sunlight in and more airflow if the windows vent. Transom windows are available in many different 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 both exterior or interior walls.
To find the right window for your Murray area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.