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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Wilmington, North Carolina Area Home

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Congratulations on your decision to replace the windows of your Wilmington 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 difference in window styles and features they offer is a crucial next step in your window purchase process. Deciding upon a window style 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 typically installed over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to give your property ventilation and privacy. Awning windows are commonly assigned to southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows commonly include a large middle window bordered left and right by casement or double-hung windows set at 30- or 45-degree angles. Each window can be fixed, venting, or a combination of both. The bow window feature four or more equal-size windows, usually casements structured to create a gradual arching insert. Bay and bow windows offer amazing sweeping views, while giving a room the sense of being larger than it is. Many of our Wilmington 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 among the most popular style of windows in the Wilmington area. Used in many home designs, casement windows have a single sash that’s connected with hinges on either side and opens by using a crank handle. Because of its design, casement windows provide excellent ventilation (particularly if your window opening faces the direction of the wind). In terms of appearance, we encourage you to consider 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 — 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 double the height as compared to width 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. Most popularly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows don’t open, as they are meant to bring an architectural enhancement to your Wilmington 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 cannot open.

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

Skylights — For any Wilmington homeowners that would like the additional natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the room to allow 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 — Just like fixed windows, transoms are often added to 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 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 fixed windows 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 Wilmington area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.