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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Roanoke, Virginia Area Home

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It’s time to replace the windows of your Roanoke 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 an important next step in your window purchase process. Choosing the right windows really depends on your home’s architecture, the purpose or use of the window, and of course, your budget.

WINDOW STYLES TO THINK ABOUT:

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 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 windows can be opened or fixed (or a blend of the two). The bow window consists of four or more equal-size windows, usually casements that make a gradual arching frame. Bay and bow windows offer impressive sweeping views, while giving a room the feel of being larger than it is. Many of our Roanoke area customers opt to include a convenient window bench to their bay or bow windows in order to further enjoy the open feeling that they offer.

Casement Windows — Often referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are quite possibly the most popular style of windows in the Roanoke area. Found within countless home designs, casement windows feature a single sash that’s mounted on one of the sides and opens by cranking a handle located on the bottom, interior side. Because of its design, casement windows supply more ventilation versus 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 look best 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 to add some decoration to your window pattern. Commonly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows do not open, as they are intended to contribute an architectural enhancement to your Roanoke 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 — Referred to as sliders or gliders, sliding windows open exactly as their name implies; they move side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those hard-to-reach areas in your Roanoke home, such as over the kitchen sink. These windows are regularly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — For any Roanoke homeowners that would like the additional natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the space 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 likely will bring in more light and heat than windows due to their rooftop positioning.

Transom — Just like fixed windows, transoms are often included with other window styles, and can be either fixed or vented units. Normally placed atop or below the main window or door. Transoms offer 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 — As you might assume, 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 exterior or interior walls.

To find the perfect window for your Roanoke area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.