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

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Congratulations on your decision to replace the windows of your Asheville home, but you want your windows to enhance its beauty and provide the functionality you’ve been missing for years. Learning the facts about your choices and what features they offer is an important 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. Awning windows are typically installed over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to give your property ventilation and privacy all at once. Awning windows are often associated with southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows typically include a large window in the center 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 is made up of four or more equal-size windows, most often casements displayed to produce a gradual arching frame. 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 Asheville area homeowners opt to include a convenient 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 — Commonly referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are quite possibly the most popular style of windows in the Asheville area. Found within countless home designs, casement windows are constructed with a single sash that’s attached on the left or right and opens by using a crank handle. Because of its design, ventilation is aplenty with casement windows compared to double-hung windows (particularly if your window opening faces the direction of the wind). In terms of appearance, we suggest 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 — Used within a number of popular 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 look best when they are about two-times the height as they are wide and each sash is an equal-sized square.

Fixed Windows — Fixed windows are usually used for decorative purposes or combined with other windows. Commonly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows don’t open, as they are used to bring an architectural enhancement to your Asheville house.

Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are similar to double hung windows, with one difference: only the bottom sash opens by pushing upward; the top sash is fixed permanently in place.

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

Skylights — Those Asheville homeowners that would like the extra natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the addition to permit traditional wall-installed windows, might 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 — Not unlike 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 offer the illusion of taller 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 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 right window for your Asheville area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.