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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Greenfield, MA Area Home

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Congratulations on your decision to replace the windows of your Greenfield 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. Selecting the right windows 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. They are usually placed over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to supply 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 middle window 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 is made up of four or more equal-size windows, usually casements that produce a gradual arching projection. Bay and bow windows offer impressive sweeping views, in addition to giving a room the sense of being larger than it is. Many of our Greenfield area customers want a center 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 — Usually referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are questionably the highest demand style of windows in the Greenfield area. Included within many home designs, casement windows are constructed with a single sash that’s hinged on either side and opens by cranking a handle located on the bottom, interior side. 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). From an overall appearance standpoint, we encourage you to consider 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 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 do not open, as they are meant to contribute an architectural enhancement to your Greenfield house.

Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are almost the same as double hung windows, with one exception: 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 implies; they slide side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those challenging-to-reach areas in your Greenfield home, such as over the kitchen sink. Sliding windows are regularly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — Many Greenfield homeowners that would like the added natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the room to allow common wall-installed windows, may want to 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 often 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 provide the illusion of bigger windows by allowing more sunlight in and more airflow if the windows vent. Transom windows are available in multiple shapes, including square, rectangular, half-circle, elliptical and more.

Window Wall — As you might assume, 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 right window for your Greenfield area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.