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

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You’ve made the decision to replace the windows of your Boston home, but you want your windows to enhance its beauty and provide the functionality you’ve been missing for years. Understanding the unique features and competitive differences they offer is a crucial 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, your budget.

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. Most of these windows are mounted over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to supply ventilation and privacy. Awning windows are often associated with southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows commonly feature a large window in the center with casement or double-hung windows on each side 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, most often casements displayed to create a gradual arching insert. Bay and bow windows offer impressive sweeping views, while giving a room the feel of being larger than it is. Many of our Boston area clients add a middle window bench to their bay or bow windows to provide additional seating for guests or everyday use.

Casement Windows — Often referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are quite possibly the best selling style of windows in the Boston area. Included within countless home designs, casement windows feature a single sash that’s connected with hinges on one of the sides 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). In terms of appearance, we suggest casement windows for taller windows, over wider ones. We would suggest you avoid casement windows in high traffic areas, due to the fact that they take up more space when open.

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 twice as tall as they are wide and each sash is an equal-sized square.

Fixed Windows — Fixed windows are typically used for decorative purposes or combined with other windows. Most popularly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows don’t open, as they are intended to add an architectural enhancement to your Boston house.

Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are the same as double hung windows, with one difference: only the bottom sash opens by pushing upward; the top sash does not open at all.

Sliding Windows — Sometimes described as sliders or gliders, sliding windows open precisely as their name suggests; they shift side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those challenging-to-reach areas in your Boston home, such as over the kitchen sink. Sliding windows are commonly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — Those Boston homeowners that would like the added natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the space to accommodate traditional wall-installed windows, might think about 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 typically combined with other window styles, and can be either fixed or vented units. Normally placed atop or below the main window or door. Transoms offer the illusion of taller windows by allowing more sunlight in and increased airflow if the windows vent. Transom windows are available in a variety of shapes, including square, rectangular, half-circle, elliptical and more.

Window Wall — You guessed it -, 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 right window for your Boston area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.