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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Natick, MA Area Home

How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Natick, MA Area Home

It’s time to replace the windows of your Natick home, but now is the moment to determine which windows will be the best fit. Discovering the difference in window styles and features they offer is an important next step in your window purchase process. Deciding upon 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. Awning windows are typically installed over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to supply ventilation and privacy at the same time. Awning windows are often associated with southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Most bay windows feature a large window in the center bordered left and right by casement or double-hung 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, usually casements structured to make a gradual arching frame. Bay and bow windows offer beautiful sweeping views, as well as giving a room the illusion of being larger than it is. Many of our Natick area clients want a center window seat to their bay or bow windows in order to further enjoy the open feeling that they offer.

Casement Windows — Often referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are questionably the best selling style of windows in the Natick area. Included within numerous home designs, casement windows have a single sash that’s hinged on either side and opens by using a crank handle. 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 recommend 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 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. Most popularly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows never open, as they are intended to contribute an architectural enhancement to your Natick house.

Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are almost the same as double hung windows, with one unique feature: only the bottom sash opens by pushing upward; the top sash is fixed permanently in place.

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

Skylights — Those Natick homeowners that would like the added natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the addition to accommodate traditional wall-installed windows, should ponder a skylight. Skylights can be opened manually or by remote control (if such functionality is offered), which can 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’re usually located atop or below the main window or door. Transoms provide 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 — You guessed it -, 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 either exterior or interior walls.

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

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