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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Grand Rapids, MI Area Home

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You’ve made the decision to replace the windows of your Grand Rapids 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 a critical next step in your window purchase process. Deciding upon 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. Awning windows are usually placed over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to give your property ventilation and privacy all at once. Awning windows are often found on southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows commonly include a large centered window bordered on either side by double-hung or casement windows set at 30- or 45-degree angles. The display can include vented or fixed windows; you can even combine window styles according to your needs for the area. The bow window is made up of four or more equal-size windows, most often casements structured to create a gradual arching insert. Bay and bow windows offer amazing sweeping views, in addition to giving a room the illusion of being larger than it is. Many of our Grand Rapids area clients 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 among the best selling style of windows in the Grand Rapids area. Used in countless home designs, casement windows are constructed with a single sash that’s hinged on the left or right 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 recommend 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 are most striking 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 usually used for decorative purposes or combined with other windows. Commonly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows will not open, as they are meant to contribute an architectural enhancement to your Grand Rapids house.

Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are almost 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 — Referred to 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 Grand Rapids home, such as over the kitchen sink. These windows are frequently used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — Those Grand Rapids homeowners that would like the additional natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the room to accommodate traditional wall-installed windows, might 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 often added to 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 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 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 either exterior or interior walls.

To find the best window for your Grand Rapids area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.