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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Kalamazoo, MI Area Home

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You’ve made the decision to replace the windows of your Kalamazoo home, but now is the moment to determine which windows will be the best fit. Discovering the facts about your choices and what 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. 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 include a large middle 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 consists of four or more equal-size windows, usually casements that produce a gradual arching insert. Bay and bow windows offer impressive sweeping views, in addition to giving a room the illusion of being larger than it is. Many of our Kalamazoo area customers opt to include a convenient window bench to their bay or bow windows to provide additional seating for guests or everyday use.

Casement Windows — Commonly referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are among the highest demand style of windows in the Kalamazoo area. Included within many home designs, casement windows feature a single sash that’s mounted on the left or right and opens by using a crank handle. 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 recommend 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 — Most commonly used in traditional, Colonial or Victorian 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 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 for decorative purposes or combined with other windows. Often shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows do not open, as they are used to bring an architectural enhancement to your Kalamazoo 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 — Sometimes described as sliders or gliders, sliding windows open precisely as their name implies; they shift side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those challenging-to-reach areas in your Kalamazoo home, such as over the kitchen sink. They are regularly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — For any Kalamazoo homeowners that would like the extra natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the room 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 likely will bring in more light and heat than windows due to their rooftop positioning.

Transom — Just like fixed windows, transoms are usually included with other window styles, and can be either fixed or vented units. Normally placed atop or below the main window or door. Transoms give the illusion of taller windows by allowing more sunlight in and more airflow if the windows vent. Transom windows are available in a variety of 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 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 both exterior or interior walls.

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