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

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You’ve made the decision to replace the windows of your Wellesley home, but you want your windows to enhance its beauty and provide the functionality you’ve been missing for years. Understanding the facts about your choices and what features they offer is a critical next step in your window purchase process. Selecting the ideal style of window 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. They are mounted over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to provide ventilation and privacy. Awning windows are often associated with southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Most bay windows include a large window in the middle bordered on either side by double-hung or casement windows set at 30- or 45-degree angles. Each window can be fixed, venting, or a combination of both. The bow window feature four or more equal-size windows, usually casements that create a gradual arching projection. Bay and bow windows offer amazing sweeping views, as well as giving a room the feel of being larger than it is. Many of our Wellesley area customers opt to include a convenient window seat to their bay or bow windows in order to further enjoy the open feeling that they offer.

Casement Windows — Usually referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are questionably the best selling style of windows in the Wellesley area. Used in many home designs, casement windows feature a single sash that’s mounted on one of the sides and opens by using a crank handle. As a result of their design, casement windows supply more ventilation versus double-hung windows (particularly if your window opening faces the direction of the wind). In terms of appearance, 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 — Most commonly used in traditional, Colonial or Victorian 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 usually used to add some decoration to your window pattern. Commonly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows don’t open, as they are intended to bring an architectural enhancement to your Wellesley 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 suggests; they move side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those challenging-to-reach areas in your Wellesley home, such as over the kitchen sink. They are commonly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — For any Wellesley 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 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 typically included with 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 taller windows by allowing more sunlight in and increased airflow if the windows vent. Transom windows are available in many different 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 exterior or interior walls.

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