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

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You’ve made the decision to replace the windows of your Danville home, but now is the moment to determine which windows will be the best fit. Discovering the unique features and competitive differences 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 have to spend.

STYLES OF WINDOWS 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 at the same time. Awning windows are commonly assigned to southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows typically include a large middle 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 that make a gradual arching frame. 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 Danville area homeowners add a middle window seat 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 highest demand style of windows in the Danville area. Found within numerous home designs, casement windows feature a single sash that’s mounted on either side and opens by turning a crank shaft in a clockwise motion. 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 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 — 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 are most striking when they are about double the height as compared to width and each sash is an equal-sized square.

Fixed Windows — Fixed windows are typically used as a primary focal point or within a pattern combined with other windows. Commonly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows don’t open, as they are meant to bring an architectural enhancement to your Danville 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 — Referred to as sliders or gliders, sliding windows open exactly as their name suggests; they move side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those challenging-to-reach areas in your Danville home, such as over the kitchen sink. These windows are frequently used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — Many Danville homeowners that would like the additional natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the room to allow traditional 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 — Similar to fixed windows, transoms are often combined with other window styles, and can be either fixed or vented units. They often are installed atop or below the main window or door. Transoms give the illusion of bigger windows by allowing more sunlight in and increased airflow if the windows vent. Transom windows are available in multiple 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 don’t 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 perfect window for your Danville area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.