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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Baltimore, MD Area Home

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It’s time to replace the windows of your Baltimore 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 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. Most of these windows are usually placed over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to give your property ventilation and privacy at the same time. Awning windows are often found on southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows commonly include a large centered window bordered on either side by double-hung or casement windows set at 30- or 45-degree angles. The windows can be opened or fixed (or a blend of the two). The bow window is made up of four or more equal-size windows, usually casements structured to produce a gradual arching projection. Bay and bow windows offer gorgeous sweeping views, as well as giving a room the feel of being larger than it is. Many of our Baltimore area clients want a center window seat to their bay or bow windows in order to further enjoy the open feeling that they offer.

Casement Windows — Often referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are quite possibly the most popular style of windows in the Baltimore area. Used in countless home designs, casement windows are constructed with a single sash that’s mounted on either side and opens by cranking a handle located on the bottom, interior side. With such a design, casement windows supply more ventilation versus double-hung windows (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 — 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 twice as tall as they are wide and each sash is an equal-sized square.

Fixed Windows — Fixed windows are typically 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 contribute an architectural enhancement to your Baltimore 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 does not open at all.

Sliding Windows — Referred to as sliders or gliders, sliding windows open just as their name suggests; they slide side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those challenging-to-reach areas in your Baltimore home, such as over the kitchen sink. Sliding windows are regularly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — For any Baltimore homeowners that would like the additional natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the room to accommodate common wall-installed windows, might consider 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 — Not unlike fixed windows, transoms are usually combined with other window styles, and can be either fixed or vented units. Normally placed atop or below the main window or door. Transoms offer 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 — 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 Baltimore area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.