How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Casper, Wyoming Area Home
Congratulations on your decision to replace the windows of your Casper 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. 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 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 provide ventilation and privacy all at once. Awning windows are often associated with southern home designs.
Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows typically feature a large centered window with casement or double-hung windows on each side 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, most often casements that make a gradual arching insert. 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 Casper area clients want a center window sitting area to their bay or bow windows to provide additional seating for guests or everyday use.
Casement Windows — Usually referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are quite possibly the most popular style of windows in the Casper area. Included within countless 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 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. 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. Often shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows will not open, as they are used to contribute an architectural enhancement to your Casper 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 cannot open.
Sliding Windows — Sometimes described as sliders or gliders, sliding windows open just as their name states; they shift side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those hard-to-reach areas in your Casper home, such as over the kitchen sink. Sliding windows are commonly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.
Skylights — Those Casper homeowners that would like the added natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the room to accommodate traditional wall-installed windows, may want to consider 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 increased airflow if the windows vent. Transom windows are available in a variety of shapes, including square, rectangular, half-circle, elliptical and more.
Window Wall — Just as the name suggests, 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 both exterior or interior walls.
To find the right window for your Casper area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.