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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Annapolis, Maryland Area Home

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It’s time to replace the windows of your Annapolis 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. Learning the unique features and competitive differences they offer is a crucial next step in your window purchase process. Choosing the ideal style of window 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. They are usually placed over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to supply ventilation and privacy. Awning windows are commonly assigned to southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows typically include a large middle window bordered left and right by casement or double-hung windows set at 30- or 45-degree angles. The windows can be opened or fixed (or a blend of the two). The bow window consists of four or more equal-size windows, usually casements structured to create a gradual arching insert. Bay and bow windows offer gorgeous sweeping views, while giving a room the feel of being larger than it is. Many of our Annapolis area homeowners want a center window sitting area to their bay or bow windows to enhance the functionality of these windows and allow more enjoyment all year long.

Casement Windows — Usually referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are among the best selling style of windows in the Annapolis area. Included within many home designs, casement windows are constructed with a single sash that’s attached on either side and opens by turning a crank shaft in a clockwise motion. As a result of their design, casement windows provide excellent ventilation (particularly if your window opening faces the direction of the wind). In relation to the actual look of your home, 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 — 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 twice as tall 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. Often shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows do not open, as they are used to add an architectural enhancement to your Annapolis house.

Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are similar to double hung windows, with one exception: only the bottom sash opens by pushing upward; the top sash does not open at all.

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

Skylights — Many Annapolis homeowners that would like the extra natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the addition 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 often are installed atop or below the main window or door. Transoms give the illusion of taller windows by allowing more sunlight in and additional 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 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 exterior or interior walls.

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