You’ve made the decision to replace the windows of your Albuquerque 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 critical 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, 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. Most of these windows are typically
installed over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to provide ventilation and privacy all at once. Awning windows are often found on southern home designs.
Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows commonly include a large centered 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 is made up of four or more equal-size windows, most often casements that create a gradual arching insert. Bay and bow windows offer beautiful sweeping views, in addition to giving a room the sense of being larger than it is. Many of our Albuquerque area customers want a center window seat 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 questionably the highest demand style of windows in the Albuquerque area. Found within numerous home designs, casement windows feature a single sash that’s connected with hinges on either side and opens by cranking a handle located on the bottom, interior side. With such a design, casement windows supply more ventilation versus 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 — Used within a number of popular 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 two-times the height as they are wide and each sash is an equal-sized square.
Fixed Windows — Fixed windows are typically used as a primary focal point or within a pattern combined with other windows. Commonly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows do not open, as they are used to bring an architectural enhancement to your Albuquerque 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 cannot open.
Sliding Windows — Sometimes described 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 Albuquerque home, such as over the kitchen sink. Sliding windows are frequently used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.
Skylights — Those Albuquerque homeowners that would like the additional natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the space to accommodate common wall-installed windows, might 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 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 — As you might assume, 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 exterior or interior walls.
To find the best window for your Albuquerque area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.