How to Select the Right Window Style for Your South Burlington, VT Area Home
It’s time to replace the windows of your South Burlington home, but selecting which windows will enhance your home’s appearance and meet the energy efficiency level you desire will be a tough decision too. Learning the facts about your choices and what features they offer is an important next step in your window purchase process. Selecting the right windows really depends on your home’s architecture, the purpose or use of the window, and of course, your budget.
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. Most of these windows are usually placed over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to supply ventilation and privacy all at once. Awning windows are often associated with southern home designs.
Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows commonly feature a large centered window bordered left and right by casement or double-hung windows set at 30- or 45-degree angles. The windows can be opened or fixed (or a blend of the two). The bow window is made up of four or more equal-size windows, likely casements displayed to create a gradual arching projection. Bay and bow windows offer impressive sweeping views, in addition to giving a room the sense of being larger than it is. Many of our South Burlington area clients want a center window sitting area 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 quite possibly the best selling style of windows in the South Burlington area. Included within countless home designs, casement windows have a single sash that’s connected with hinges on one of the sides and opens by turning a crank shaft in a clockwise motion. With such a design, casement windows supply more ventilation versus 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. 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 — 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 best when they are about double the height as compared to width and each sash is an equal-sized square.
Fixed Windows — Fixed windows are typically used for decorative purposes or combined with other windows. Most popularly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows do not open, as they are used to add an architectural enhancement to your South Burlington house.
Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are the same as double hung windows, with one difference: 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 suggests; they move side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those difficult-to-reach areas in your South Burlington home, such as over the kitchen sink. They are commonly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.
Skylights — Many South Burlington homeowners that would like the additional natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the addition to permit traditional wall-installed windows, may want to think about 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 — Just like 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 bigger 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 — As you might assume, 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 right window for your South Burlington area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.