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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Fall River, MA Area Home

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It’s time to replace the windows of your Fall River home, but you want your windows to enhance its beauty and provide the functionality you’ve been missing for years. Discovering the facts about your choices and what features they offer is an important next step in your window purchase process. Selecting 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 have to spend.

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. Awning windows are usually placed over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to provide ventilation and privacy all at once. Awning windows are often found on southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows typically feature a large window in the middle with casement or double-hung windows on each side 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 structured to make a gradual arching frame. Bay and bow windows offer impressive sweeping views, in addition to giving a room the feel of being larger than it is. Many of our Fall River area homeowners opt to include a convenient 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 one of the highest demand style of windows in the Fall River area. Found within numerous home designs, casement windows feature a single sash that’s connected with hinges on either side 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. We would suggest you avoid casement windows in high traffic areas, due to the fact that they take up more space when open.

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 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 typically 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 do not open, as they are used to bring an architectural enhancement to your Fall River 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 does not open at all.

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

Skylights — Many Fall River homeowners that would like the additional natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the room to allow normal wall-installed windows, may want to ponder 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 usually included with other window styles, and can be either fixed or vented units. Normally placed atop or below the main window or door. Transoms provide the illusion of bigger windows by allowing more sunlight in and increased 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 fixed windows 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 Fall River area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.