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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Concord, NH Area Home

How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Concord, NH Area Home

Congratulations on your decision to replace the windows of your Concord home, but now is the moment to determine which windows will be the best fit. Understanding the unique features and competitive differences 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, how much you can afford.

WINDOW STYLES TO THINK ABOUT:

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 typically installed over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to provide ventilation and privacy all at once. Awning windows are often associated with southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Most bay windows feature a large middle window with casement or double-hung windows on each side 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 structured to create a gradual arching insert. Bay and bow windows offer gorgeous sweeping views, in addition to giving a room the illusion of being larger than it is. Many of our Concord area clients opt to include a convenient window sitting area 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 Concord area. Used in numerous home designs, casement windows feature a single sash that’s mounted on the left or right and opens by cranking a handle located on the bottom, interior side. Because of its design, ventilation is aplenty with casement windows compared to double-hung windows (particularly if your window opening faces the direction of the wind). In relation to the actual look of your home, we encourage you to consider 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 — 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 typically used to add some decoration to your window pattern. Often shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows do not open, as they are meant to contribute an architectural enhancement to your Concord 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 does not open at all.

Sliding Windows — Sometimes described as sliders or gliders, sliding windows open precisely as their name implies; they move side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those hard-to-reach areas in your Concord home, such as over the kitchen sink. Sliding windows are regularly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — For any Concord homeowners that would like the added natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the addition to accommodate common wall-installed windows, might consider 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 — Not unlike fixed windows, transoms are usually 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 bigger windows by allowing more sunlight in and additional 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 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 exterior or interior walls.

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

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