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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your West Springfield, MA Area Home

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Congratulations on your decision to replace the windows of your West Springfield home, but you want your windows to enhance its beauty and provide the functionality you’ve been missing for years. Discovering the difference in window styles and features they offer is a critical next step in your window purchase process. Choosing 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 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 typically installed 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 include a large window in the middle bordered on either side by double-hung or casement windows set at 30- or 45-degree angles. Each window can be fixed, venting, or a combination of both. The bow window consists of four or more equal-size windows, likely casements structured to make a gradual arching frame. Bay and bow windows offer impressive sweeping views, while giving a room the illusion of being larger than it is. Many of our West Springfield area clients opt to include a convenient window bench to their bay or bow windows to provide additional seating for guests or everyday use.

Casement Windows — Usually referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are one of the most popular style of windows in the West Springfield area. Used in many home designs, casement windows feature a single sash that’s attached on the left or right and opens by using a crank handle. 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 terms of appearance, 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 double the height as compared to width and each sash is an equal-sized square.

Fixed Windows — Fixed windows are typically used for decorative purposes or combined with other windows. Most popularly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows will not open, as they are intended to add an architectural enhancement to your West Springfield house.

Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are 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 just as their name implies; they slide side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those hard-to-reach areas in your West Springfield home, such as over the kitchen sink. These windows are frequently used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — For any West Springfield homeowners that would like the extra natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the space to accommodate common wall-installed windows, may want to 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 usually added to 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 bigger 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 exterior or interior walls.

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