You’ve made the decision to replace the windows of your Albany home, but you want your windows to enhance its beauty and provide the functionality you’ve been missing for years. Discovering the unique features and competitive differences they offer is a critical next step in your window purchase process. Deciding upon 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.
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 typically
installed over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to supply ventilation and privacy all at once. Awning windows are commonly assigned to southern home designs.
Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows commonly include a large centered window 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, likely casements displayed to make a gradual arching insert. Bay and bow windows offer impressive sweeping views, in addition to giving a room the sense of being larger than it is. Many of our Albany 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 — Commonly referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are one of the most popular style of windows in the Albany area. Used in many home designs, casement windows have a single sash that’s mounted on one of the sides 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 terms of appearance, 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 — Used within a number of popular 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 twice as tall 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. Commonly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows do not open, as they are intended to contribute an architectural enhancement to your Albany house.
Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are the same as double hung windows, with one unique feature: 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 slide side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those hard-to-reach areas in your Albany home, such as over the kitchen sink. These windows are commonly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.
Skylights — Many Albany homeowners that would like the additional natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the room to allow traditional wall-installed windows, should think about 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 — Not unlike fixed windows, transoms are often included with other window styles, and can be either fixed or vented units. They’re usually located atop or below the main window or door. Transoms offer the illusion of bigger windows by allowing more sunlight in and additional 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 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 right window for your Albany area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.