Congratulations on your decision to replace the windows of your Indianapolis home, but you want your windows to enhance its beauty and provide the functionality you’ve been missing for years. Learning the difference in window styles and features they offer is a crucial next step in your window purchase process. Deciding upon a window style 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. They are usually placed over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to give your property ventilation and privacy at the same time. Awning windows are commonly assigned to southern home designs.
Bay and Bow Windows — Most bay windows involve a large middle window 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 feature four or more equal-size windows, usually casements that make a gradual arching projection. Bay and bow windows offer amazing sweeping views, while giving a room the feel of being larger than it is. Many of our Indianapolis area clients want a center window sitting area to their bay or bow windows to enhance the functionality of these windows and allow more enjoyment all year long.
Casement Windows — Often referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are questionably the best selling style of windows in the Indianapolis area. Used in countless home designs, casement windows are constructed with a single sash that’s connected with hinges on either side and opens by turning a crank shaft in a clockwise motion. 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). In relation to the actual look of your home, we suggest 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 — A wide variety of home designs utilize double-hung windows, including traditional, Colonial and Victorian. 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 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 bring an architectural enhancement to your Indianapolis 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 is fixed permanently in place.
Sliding Windows — Often called sliders or gliders, sliding windows open exactly as their name suggests; they move side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those difficult-to-reach areas in your Indianapolis home, such as over the kitchen sink. They are frequently used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.
Skylights — Many Indianapolis homeowners that would like the additional natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the space to permit common wall-installed windows, may want to ponder 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 added to other window styles, and can be either fixed or vented units. They’re usually located atop or below the main window or door. Transoms give the illusion of taller 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 Indianapolis area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.