It’s time to replace the windows of your Binghamton home, but you want your windows to enhance its beauty and provide the functionality you’ve been missing for years. Learning the difference in window styles and features they offer is a crucial next step in your window purchase process. Choosing a window style really depends on your home’s architecture, the purpose or use of the window, and of course, how much you have to spend.
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 provide ventilation and privacy. Awning windows are often associated with southern home designs.
Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows typically feature 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 is made up of four or more equal-size windows, usually casements displayed to create a gradual arching insert. Bay and bow windows offer amazing sweeping views, while giving a room the illusion of being larger than it is. Many of our Binghamton area clients add a middle window seat 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 quite possibly the best selling style of windows in the Binghamton area. Included within many home designs, casement windows are constructed with a single sash that’s attached on either side and opens by cranking a handle located on the bottom, interior side. 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). 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 — 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 as a primary focal point or within a pattern combined with other windows. Most popularly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows don’t open, as they are used to contribute an architectural enhancement to your Binghamton house.
Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are almost 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 states; they move side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those hard-to-reach areas in your Binghamton home, such as over the kitchen sink. These windows are frequently used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.
Skylights — Many Binghamton homeowners that would like the additional natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the space to accommodate normal wall-installed windows, might think about 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 typically 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 provide the illusion of taller 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 — 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 either exterior or interior walls.
To find the right window for your Binghamton area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.