How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Plattsburgh, NY Area Home
You’ve made the decision to replace the windows of your Plattsburgh home, but you want your windows to enhance its beauty and provide the functionality you’ve been missing for years. Understanding the difference in window styles and 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, 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 mounted over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to give your property ventilation and privacy. Awning windows are often found on southern home designs.
Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows typically involve 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 consists of four or more equal-size windows, most often casements structured to create a gradual arching projection. Bay and bow windows offer gorgeous sweeping views, while giving a room the illusion of being larger than it is. Many of our Plattsburgh area clients want a center window seat to their bay or bow windows in order to further enjoy the open feeling that they offer.
Casement Windows — Usually referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are quite possibly the best selling style of windows in the Plattsburgh area. Included within many home designs, casement windows feature a single sash that’s mounted on the left or right and opens by turning a crank shaft in a clockwise motion. With such a design, casement windows provide excellent ventilation (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 usually used as a primary focal point or within a pattern 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 Plattsburgh 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 does not open at all.
Sliding Windows — Sometimes described as sliders or gliders, sliding windows open just as their name states; they shift side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those challenging-to-reach areas in your Plattsburgh home, such as over the kitchen sink. These windows are commonly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.
Skylights — Those Plattsburgh homeowners that would like the extra natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the addition to allow traditional wall-installed windows, might consider 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 — Not unlike fixed windows, transoms are usually combined 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 larger 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 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 perfect window for your Plattsburgh area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.