It’s time to replace the windows of your Edmonton 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 crucial next step in your window purchase process. Choosing the right windows really depends on your home’s architecture, the purpose or use of the window, and of course, how much you can afford.
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 give your property ventilation and privacy at the same time. Awning windows are often found on southern home designs.
Bay and Bow Windows — Most bay windows involve a large window in the center with casement or double-hung windows on each side 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, usually casements structured to produce 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 Edmonton area clients add a middle window seat 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 one of the best selling style of windows in the Edmonton area. Used in many home designs, casement windows feature a single sash that’s mounted on one of the sides and opens by cranking a handle located on the bottom, interior side. As a result of their 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 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 — 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 most often used for decorative purposes or combined with other windows. Commonly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows never open, as they are intended to contribute an architectural enhancement to your Edmonton house.
Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are the same as double hung windows, with one exception: only the bottom sash opens by pushing upward; the top sash does not open at all.
Sliding Windows — Sometimes described as sliders or gliders, sliding windows open just as their name states; they move side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those challenging-to-reach areas in your Edmonton home, such as over the kitchen sink. They are commonly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.
Skylights — Many Edmonton 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 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 — Just like fixed windows, transoms are typically 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 larger windows by allowing more sunlight in and more airflow if the windows vent. Transom windows are available in many different 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 both exterior or interior walls.
To find the best window for your Edmonton area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.