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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Traverse City, MI Area Home

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You’ve made the decision to replace the windows of your Traverse City home, but you want your windows to enhance its beauty and provide the functionality you’ve been missing for years. Learning the facts about your choices and what features they offer is a critical 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 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 commonly assigned to southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows commonly involve a large middle window with casement or double-hung windows on each side set at 30- or 45-degree angles. The windows can be opened or fixed (or a blend of the two). The bow window is made up of four or more equal-size windows, likely casements structured to create a gradual arching frame. 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 Traverse City area homeowners want a center window bench 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 highest demand style of windows in the Traverse City area. Used in numerous home designs, casement windows are constructed with a single sash that’s attached on either side and opens by using a crank handle. As a result of their design, casement windows provide excellent ventilation (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. 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 double the height as compared to width and each sash is an equal-sized square.

Fixed Windows — Fixed windows are usually 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 meant to contribute an architectural enhancement to your Traverse City house.

Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are almost the same as double hung windows, with one exception: only the bottom sash opens by pushing upward; the top sash cannot open.

Sliding Windows — Referred to as sliders or gliders, sliding windows open exactly as their name states; they move side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those challenging-to-reach areas in your Traverse City home, such as over the kitchen sink. These windows are regularly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — Those Traverse City homeowners that would like the extra natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the room to accommodate common wall-installed windows, should 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 typically 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 larger 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 — You guessed it -, 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 Traverse City area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.