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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Rochester, Minnesota Area Home

How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Rochester, Minnesota Area Home

You’ve made the decision to replace the windows of your Rochester 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 a window style 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 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 typically installed over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to supply ventilation and privacy all at once. Awning windows are often associated with southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows commonly 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 consists of four or more equal-size windows, usually casements that produce a gradual arching insert. Bay and bow windows offer impressive sweeping views, in addition to giving a room the illusion of being larger than it is. Many of our Rochester area homeowners want a center window seat to their bay or bow windows to enhance the functionality of these windows and allow more enjoyment all year long.

Casement Windows — Commonly referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are questionably the most popular style of windows in the Rochester area. Included within countless 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 suggest 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 — 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 look best 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 for decorative purposes or combined with other windows. Most popularly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows don’t open, as they are intended to add an architectural enhancement to your Rochester 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 — Sometimes described as sliders or gliders, sliding windows open precisely as their name suggests; they shift side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those difficult-to-reach areas in your Rochester home, such as over the kitchen sink. These windows are commonly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — Many Rochester homeowners that would like the added 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 — Similar to fixed windows, transoms are usually added to 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 taller 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 — Just as the name suggests, 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 best window for your Rochester area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.

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