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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Charlotte, North Carolina Area Home

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You’ve made the decision to replace the windows of your Charlotte home, but now is the moment to determine which windows will be the best fit. Understanding the unique features and competitive differences 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 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. Awning windows are typically installed 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 feature a large window in the middle bordered left and right by casement or double-hung windows set at 30- or 45-degree angles. Each window can be fixed, venting, or a combination of both. The bow window feature four or more equal-size windows, likely casements structured to make a gradual arching insert. Bay and bow windows offer beautiful sweeping views, as well as giving a room the feel of being larger than it is. Many of our Charlotte area homeowners add a middle window bench 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 questionably the most popular style of windows in the Charlotte area. Used in numerous 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. As a result of their design, casement windows supply more ventilation versus double-hung windows (particularly if your window opening faces the direction of the wind). In terms of appearance, 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 — 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 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. Commonly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows don’t open, as they are intended to add an architectural enhancement to your Charlotte 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 precisely as their name suggests; they move side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those challenging-to-reach areas in your Charlotte home, such as over the kitchen sink. Sliding windows are commonly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — Those Charlotte homeowners that would like the extra natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the room to permit normal 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 — Just like fixed windows, transoms are typically added to 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 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 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 either exterior or interior walls.

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