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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Southern Pines, NC Area Home

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You’ve made the decision to replace the windows of your Southern Pines home, but now is the moment to determine which windows will be the best fit. Understanding the difference in window styles and features they offer is a crucial 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, your budget.

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. Most of these windows are mounted over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to supply ventilation and privacy. Awning windows are often associated with southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows commonly feature a large window in the center bordered left and right by casement or double-hung 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 consists of four or more equal-size windows, likely casements displayed to create a gradual arching frame. Bay and bow windows offer impressive sweeping views, while giving a room the sense of being larger than it is. Many of our Southern Pines area customers add a middle 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 quite possibly the most popular style of windows in the Southern Pines area. Found within numerous home designs, casement windows feature a single sash that’s hinged on one of the sides and opens by turning a crank shaft in a clockwise motion. With such a 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. Finally, casement windows open up to 90 degrees, so we do not recommend using them inhigh traffic area, such as porches, decks or similar areas.

Double-Hung Windows — Most commonly used in traditional, Colonial or Victorian 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 double the height as compared to width and each sash is an equal-sized square.

Fixed Windows — Fixed windows are usually used for decorative purposes or combined with other windows. Most popularly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows never open, as they are intended to add an architectural enhancement to your Southern Pines 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 is fixed permanently in place.

Sliding Windows — Sometimes described as sliders or gliders, sliding windows open just as their name implies; they move side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those hard-to-reach areas in your Southern Pines home, such as over the kitchen sink. These windows are regularly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — For any Southern Pines homeowners that would like the additional natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the space to allow normal wall-installed windows, should think about 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 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 give the illusion of bigger 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 — 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 Southern Pines area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.