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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Terre Haute, IN Area Home

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It’s time to replace the windows of your Terre Haute 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 an important next step in your window purchase process. Deciding upon 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 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 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 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 create a gradual arching frame. Bay and bow windows offer beautiful sweeping views, while giving a room the feel of being larger than it is. Many of our Terre Haute area homeowners 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 — Usually referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are among the most popular style of windows in the Terre Haute area. Found within many home designs, casement windows feature a single sash that’s mounted on the left or right and opens by cranking a handle located on the bottom, interior side. 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). From an overall appearance standpoint, we encourage you to consider 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 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 usually used as a primary focal point or within a pattern combined with other windows. Often shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows never open, as they are intended to contribute an architectural enhancement to your Terre Haute house.

Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are 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 exactly as their name states; they slide side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those challenging-to-reach areas in your Terre Haute home, such as over the kitchen sink. They are commonly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — Many Terre Haute homeowners that would like the added natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the addition to allow normal wall-installed windows, might consider 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 usually added to 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 bigger 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 — 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 both exterior or interior walls.

To find the right window for your Terre Haute area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.