Congratulations on your decision to replace the windows of your Petoskey 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. Choosing 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 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. They are typically
installed over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to supply ventilation and privacy at the same time. Awning windows are commonly assigned to southern home designs.
Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows typically involve a large window in the center 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 feature four or more equal-size windows, usually casements displayed to make a gradual arching projection. Bay and bow windows offer beautiful sweeping views, while giving a room the illusion of being larger than it is. Many of our Petoskey 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 — Commonly referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are among the most popular style of windows in the Petoskey area. Included within numerous home designs, casement windows have a single sash that’s hinged on either side and opens by cranking a handle located on the bottom, interior side. Because of its design, casement windows supply more ventilation versus double-hung windows (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 — A wide variety of home designs utilize double-hung windows, including traditional, Colonial and Victorian. 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 most often used for decorative purposes or 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 Petoskey 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 does not open at all.
Sliding Windows — Often called sliders or gliders, sliding windows open just as their name suggests; they shift side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those hard-to-reach areas in your Petoskey home, such as over the kitchen sink. Sliding windows are commonly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.
Skylights — Many Petoskey homeowners that would like the extra natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the space to permit traditional wall-installed windows, should ponder 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 included 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 bigger windows by allowing more sunlight in and increased airflow if the windows vent. Transom windows are available in multiple shapes, including square, rectangular, half-circle, elliptical and more.
Window Wall — You guessed it -, 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 either exterior or interior walls.
To find the best window for your Petoskey area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.