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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Bloomington, IL Area Home

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It’s time to replace the windows of your Bloomington 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. Discovering the facts about your choices and what features they offer is a critical next step in your window purchase process. Choosing 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 THINK ABOUT:

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 mounted over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to give your property ventilation and privacy at the same time. Awning windows are often associated with southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Most bay windows involve 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 is made up of four or more equal-size windows, likely casements that create a gradual arching frame. Bay and bow windows offer beautiful sweeping views, while giving a room the sense of being larger than it is. Many of our Bloomington area homeowners 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 — Commonly referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are among the best selling style of windows in the Bloomington area. Used in numerous home designs, casement windows are constructed with a single sash that’s attached on the left or right and opens by cranking a handle located on the bottom, interior side. Because of its design, casement windows provide excellent ventilation (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 most appropriate for your home’s architecture 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 for decorative purposes or combined with other windows. Often shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows never open, as they are meant to contribute an architectural enhancement to your Bloomington house.

Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are almost the same as double hung windows, with one unique feature: only the bottom sash opens by pushing upward; the top sash is fixed permanently in place.

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 hard-to-reach areas in your Bloomington home, such as over the kitchen sink. They are commonly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — Those Bloomington homeowners that would like the added natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the addition to permit traditional wall-installed windows, should think about 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 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 provide the illusion of larger windows by allowing more sunlight in and additional 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 exterior or interior walls.

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