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. Learning the facts about your choices and what features they offer is a critical next step in your window purchase process. Selecting 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.
STYLES OF WINDOWS 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. Awning windows 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 displayed to make a gradual arching insert. Bay and bow windows offer impressive sweeping views, in addition to giving a room the feel of being larger than it is. Many of our Casper area customers 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 among the best selling style of windows in the Casper area. Included within many home designs, casement windows feature a single sash that’s connected with hinges on the left or right and opens by turning a crank shaft in a clockwise motion. With such a design, ventilation is aplenty with casement windows compared to double-hung windows (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 — 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 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 to add some decoration to your window pattern. 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. They 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 allow normal wall-installed windows, may want to consider a skylight. Skylights can be opened manually or by remote control (if such functionality is offered), which can bring in more light and heat than windows due to their rooftop positioning.
Transom — Just like fixed windows, transoms are often combined with 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 taller windows by allowing more sunlight in and more 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 best window for your Casper area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.