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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Denver, Colorado Area Home

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You’ve made the decision to replace the windows of your Denver 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 a crucial next step in your window purchase process. Choosing the ideal style of window 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. They are usually placed 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 involve a large window in the center 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 displayed to create a gradual arching frame. Bay and bow windows offer impressive sweeping views, as well as giving a room the sense of being larger than it is. Many of our Denver area clients opt to include a convenient window bench to their bay or bow windows to provide additional seating for guests or everyday use.

Casement Windows — Usually referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are one of the best selling style of windows in the Denver area. Used in many home designs, casement windows have a single sash that’s attached on one of the sides and opens by turning a crank shaft in a clockwise motion. Because of its design, casement windows provide excellent ventilation (particularly if your window opening faces the direction of the wind). From an overall appearance standpoint, 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 — 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 are most striking when they are about double the height as compared to width 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 will not open, as they are used to contribute an architectural enhancement to your Denver house.

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

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

Skylights — For any Denver homeowners that would like the additional 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 often are installed atop or below the main window or door. Transoms offer 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 — You guessed it -, 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 perfect window for your Denver area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.