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

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It’s time to replace the windows of your Raleigh 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 critical next step in your window purchase process. Choosing a window style 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 CONSIDER:

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 found on southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Most bay windows involve a large window in the middle with casement or double-hung windows on each side 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, likely casements structured to make a gradual arching projection. Bay and bow windows offer beautiful sweeping views, as well as giving a room the illusion of being larger than it is. Many of our Raleigh area clients want a center window seat to their bay or bow windows to provide additional seating for guests or everyday use.

Casement Windows — Commonly referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are quite possibly the most popular style of windows in the Raleigh area. Found within countless 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. 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 suggest 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 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 contribute an architectural enhancement to your Raleigh 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 exactly as their name states; they slide side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those challenging-to-reach areas in your Raleigh home, such as over the kitchen sink. They are regularly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — For any Raleigh homeowners that would like the additional natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the room to accommodate normal 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 — Not unlike fixed windows, transoms are often combined with other window styles, and can be either fixed or vented units. Normally placed atop or below the main window or door. Transoms give the illusion of bigger windows by allowing more sunlight in and additional 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 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 Raleigh area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.