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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Sheridan, Wyoming Area Home

How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Sheridan, Wyoming Area Home

It’s time to replace the windows of your Sheridan 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. Learning 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.

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. Awning windows are usually placed over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to give your property ventilation and privacy. Awning windows are often associated with southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Most bay windows include a large window in the middle bordered on either side by double-hung or casement windows set at 30- or 45-degree angles. The display can include vented or fixed windows; you can even combine window styles according to your needs for the area. The bow window consists of four or more equal-size windows, usually casements that make a gradual arching insert. Bay and bow windows offer gorgeous sweeping views, as well as giving a room the illusion of being larger than it is. Many of our Sheridan area homeowners add a middle window sitting area to their bay or bow windows in order to further enjoy the open feeling that they offer.

Casement Windows — Commonly referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are among the best selling style of windows in the Sheridan area. Used in many home designs, casement windows feature a single sash that’s mounted on either side and opens by turning a crank shaft in a clockwise motion. Because of its 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. Also, because casement windows crank out, and therefore take up more space when open, we do not recommend them for heavily trafficked areas, such as decks or front porches.

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 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 most often used to add some decoration to your window pattern. Often shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows will not open, as they are used to add an architectural enhancement to your Sheridan 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 cannot open.

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

Skylights — For any Sheridan homeowners that would like the extra natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the addition to accommodate normal wall-installed windows, might think about 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 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 taller windows by allowing more sunlight in and increased airflow if the windows vent. Transom windows are available in a variety of shapes, including square, rectangular, half-circle, elliptical and more.

Window Wall — Just as the name suggests, 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 Sheridan area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.

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