How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Birmingham, AL Area Home
Congratulations on your decision to replace the windows of your Birmingham 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 a crucial 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, your budget.
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 typically installed over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to provide ventilation and privacy at the same time. Awning windows are often found on southern home designs.
Bay and Bow Windows — Most bay windows include a large middle 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 feature four or more equal-size windows, most often casements structured to make a gradual arching insert. Bay and bow windows offer beautiful sweeping views, while giving a room the illusion of being larger than it is. Many of our Birmingham area homeowners add a middle window bench to their bay or bow windows in order to further enjoy the open feeling that they offer.
Casement Windows — Commonly referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are one of the most popular style of windows in the Birmingham area. Included within countless home designs, casement windows feature a single sash that’s hinged on one of the sides and opens by using a crank handle. With such a design, casement windows provide excellent ventilation (particularly if your window opening faces the direction of the wind). In relation to the actual look of your home, we recommend 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 — 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 typically used for decorative purposes or combined with other windows. Most popularly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows never open, as they are intended to bring an architectural enhancement to your Birmingham house.
Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are the same as double hung windows, with one exception: only the bottom sash opens by pushing upward; the top sash does not open at all.
Sliding Windows — Referred to as sliders or gliders, sliding windows open just as their name states; they move side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those hard-to-reach areas in your Birmingham home, such as over the kitchen sink. They are regularly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.
Skylights — Many Birmingham homeowners that would like the extra natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the room to permit common wall-installed windows, should ponder 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 often included 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 offer the illusion of taller windows by allowing more sunlight in and additional airflow if the windows vent. Transom windows are available in many different shapes, including square, rectangular, half-circle, elliptical and more.
Window Wall — As you might assume, a window wall is literally a wall of fixed windows 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 right window for your Birmingham area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.