Congratulations on your decision to replace the windows of your Eau Claire home, but you want your windows to enhance its beauty and provide the functionality you’ve been missing for years. 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, your budget.
STYLES OF WINDOWS 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 mounted over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to supply ventilation and privacy. Awning windows are often associated with southern home designs.
Bay and Bow Windows — Most bay windows feature 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 is made up of four or more equal-size windows, usually casements displayed to produce a gradual arching frame. Bay and bow windows offer gorgeous sweeping views, in addition to giving a room the feel of being larger than it is. Many of our Eau Claire area homeowners opt to include a convenient window bench to their bay or bow windows to provide additional seating for guests or everyday use.
Casement Windows — Often referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are one of the best selling style of windows in the Eau Claire area. Found within many home designs, casement windows have a single sash that’s hinged on either side and opens by cranking a handle located on the bottom, interior side. With such a design, ventilation is aplenty with casement windows compared to double-hung windows (particularly if your window opening faces the direction of the wind). From an overall appearance standpoint, we recommend casement windows for taller windows, over wider ones. Finally, casement windows open up to 90 degrees, so we do not recommend using them inhigh traffic area, such as porches, decks or similar areas.
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 most often used to add some decoration to your window pattern. Commonly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows will not open, as they are intended to contribute an architectural enhancement to your Eau Claire house.
Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are almost the same as double hung windows, with one unique feature: 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 states; they move side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those hard-to-reach areas in your Eau Claire home, such as over the kitchen sink. Sliding windows are frequently used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.
Skylights — Those Eau Claire homeowners that would like the additional natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the room to accommodate common wall-installed windows, should 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 — Not unlike fixed windows, transoms are typically combined 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 give the illusion of larger windows by allowing more sunlight in and more airflow if the windows vent. Transom windows are available in a variety of shapes, including square, rectangular, half-circle, elliptical and more.
Window Wall — You guessed it -, a window wall is literally a wall of windows that don’t 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 either exterior or interior walls.
To find the perfect window for your Eau Claire area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.