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

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

It’s time to replace the windows of your Peoria home, but selecting which windows will enhance your home’s appearance and meet the energy efficiency level you desire will be a tough decision too. Discovering the unique features and competitive differences they offer is an important next step in your window purchase process. Selecting the right windows 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 mounted over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to provide ventilation and privacy at the same time. Awning windows are often associated with southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Most bay windows feature a large middle 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 is made up of four or more equal-size windows, likely casements structured to produce a gradual arching frame. Bay and bow windows offer gorgeous sweeping views, in addition to giving a room the illusion of being larger than it is. Many of our Peoria area homeowners opt to include a convenient window bench to their bay or bow windows to provide additional seating for guests or everyday use.

Casement Windows — Often referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are questionably the most popular style of windows in the Peoria area. Used in many home designs, casement windows feature a single sash that’s mounted on one of the sides and opens by using a crank handle. 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 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 — 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 most appropriate for your home’s architecture when they are about twice as tall 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. Commonly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows never open, as they are intended to bring an architectural enhancement to your Peoria 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 is fixed permanently in place.

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 difficult-to-reach areas in your Peoria home, such as over the kitchen sink. They are frequently used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — For any Peoria homeowners that would like the additional natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the space to accommodate normal wall-installed windows, may want to think about a skylight. Skylights can be opened manually or by remote control (if such functionality is offered), which can bring in more light and heat than windows due to their rooftop positioning.

Transom — Similar to fixed windows, transoms are usually combined 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 larger windows by allowing more sunlight in and more 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 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 perfect window for your Peoria area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.

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