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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Springfield, IL Area Home

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Congratulations on your decision to replace the windows of your Springfield home, but you want your windows to enhance its beauty and provide the functionality you’ve been missing for years. Understanding the facts about your choices and what features they offer is a critical next step in your window purchase process. Selecting a window style 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. They are typically installed over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to supply ventilation and privacy. Awning windows are often associated with southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows commonly involve a large window in the center bordered on either side by double-hung or casement windows set at 30- or 45-degree angles. The windows can be opened or fixed (or a blend of the two). The bow window consists of four or more equal-size windows, usually casements displayed to produce a gradual arching insert. Bay and bow windows offer beautiful sweeping views, in addition to giving a room the sense of being larger than it is. Many of our Springfield area customers opt to include a convenient window seat 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 one of the most popular style of windows in the Springfield area. Found within countless home designs, casement windows are constructed with a single sash that’s attached on one of the sides and opens by cranking a handle located on the bottom, interior side. As a result of their 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 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 look most appropriate for your home’s architecture 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 to add some decoration to your window pattern. Often shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows never open, as they are meant to contribute an architectural enhancement to your Springfield house.

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

Sliding Windows — Referred to as sliders or gliders, sliding windows open just as their name implies; they shift side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those difficult-to-reach areas in your Springfield home, such as over the kitchen sink. They are frequently used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — Those Springfield homeowners that would like the extra natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the room to permit common wall-installed windows, might 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 often combined 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 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 — You guessed it -, a window wall is literally a wall of windows that don’t 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 Springfield area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.