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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Washington DC, DC Area Home

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Congratulations on your decision to replace the windows of your Washington DC home, but now is the moment to determine which windows will be the best fit. Understanding the difference in window styles and features they offer is a crucial next step in your window purchase process. Selecting the right windows 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. Awning windows are mounted over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to supply ventilation and privacy. Awning windows are commonly assigned to southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows typically include a large window in the center 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, most often casements structured to make a gradual arching projection. Bay and bow windows offer amazing sweeping views, as well as giving a room the feel of being larger than it is. Many of our Washington DC area clients opt to include a convenient window bench to their bay or bow windows to enhance the functionality of these windows and allow more enjoyment all year long.

Casement Windows — Commonly referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are among the most popular style of windows in the Washington DC area. Used in many home designs, casement windows are constructed with a single sash that’s hinged on the left or right and opens by using a crank handle. As a result of their design, casement windows provide excellent ventilation (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. 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 best 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 do not open, as they are meant to add an architectural enhancement to your Washington DC house.

Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are the same as double hung windows, with one difference: only the bottom sash opens by pushing upward; the top sash cannot open.

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 difficult-to-reach areas in your Washington DC home, such as over the kitchen sink. They are commonly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — For any Washington DC homeowners that would like the added natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the space to allow traditional wall-installed windows, may want to ponder 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 — Similar to fixed windows, transoms are typically included with 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 taller windows by allowing more sunlight in and more airflow if the windows vent. Transom windows are available in multiple 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 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 exterior or interior walls.

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