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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Hunt Valley, MD Area Home

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It’s time to replace the windows of your Hunt Valley 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 a critical 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, how much you have to spend.

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. They are typically installed over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to give your property ventilation and privacy all at once. Awning windows are often found on southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Most bay windows include 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 feature four or more equal-size windows, usually casements displayed to make a gradual arching insert. Bay and bow windows offer beautiful sweeping views, as well as giving a room the feel of being larger than it is. Many of our Hunt Valley area homeowners opt to include a convenient window seat to their bay or bow windows in order to further enjoy the open feeling that they offer.

Casement Windows — Usually referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are one of the most popular style of windows in the Hunt Valley area. Used in numerous home designs, casement windows have a single sash that’s hinged on one of the sides and opens by using a crank handle. Because of its design, casement windows provide excellent ventilation (particularly if your window opening faces the direction of the wind). In terms of appearance, we encourage you to consider casement windows for taller windows, over wider ones. Also, because casement windows crank out, and therefore take up more space when open, we do not recommend them for heavily trafficked areas, such as decks or front porches.

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 are most striking 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. Often shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows do not open, as they are meant to contribute an architectural enhancement to your Hunt Valley house.

Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are similar to double hung windows, with one exception: only the bottom sash opens by pushing upward; the top sash cannot open.

Sliding Windows — Often called sliders or gliders, sliding windows open precisely as their name states; they slide side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those challenging-to-reach areas in your Hunt Valley home, such as over the kitchen sink. Sliding windows are commonly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — Those Hunt Valley homeowners that would like the additional natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the space to accommodate common wall-installed windows, may want to consider 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 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 offer the illusion of bigger windows by allowing more sunlight in and additional airflow if the windows vent. Transom windows are available in a variety of shapes, including square, rectangular, half-circle, elliptical and more.

Window Wall — Just as the name suggests, a window wall is literally a wall of windows that do not 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 either exterior or interior walls.

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