How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Cheyenne, Wyoming Area Home
Congratulations on your decision to replace the windows of your Cheyenne 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. Learning the unique features and competitive differences they offer is a critical 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. They are mounted over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to supply ventilation and privacy all at once. Awning windows are often associated with southern home designs.
Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows commonly involve a large window in the center with casement or double-hung windows on each side set at 30- or 45-degree angles. The windows can be opened or fixed (or a blend of the two). The bow window consists of four or more equal-size windows, usually casements structured to create a gradual arching projection. Bay and bow windows offer amazing sweeping views, as well as giving a room the sense of being larger than it is. Many of our Cheyenne area clients add a middle 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 highest demand style of windows in the Cheyenne area. Found within numerous home designs, casement windows are constructed with a single sash that’s attached on one of the sides and opens by cranking a handle located on the bottom, interior side. 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 suggest casement windows for taller windows, over wider ones. Finally, casement windows open up to 90 degrees, so we do not recommend using them inhigh traffic area, such as porches, decks or similar areas.
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 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 most often used to add some decoration to your window pattern. Often shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows don’t open, as they are intended to contribute an architectural enhancement to your Cheyenne house.
Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are almost the same as double hung windows, with one difference: 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 exactly as their name suggests; they slide side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those hard-to-reach areas in your Cheyenne home, such as over the kitchen sink. These windows are frequently used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.
Skylights — Those Cheyenne homeowners that would like the extra natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the addition to allow common 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 — Similar to fixed windows, transoms are usually added to 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 larger 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 — Just as the name suggests, 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 both exterior or interior walls.
To find the perfect window for your Cheyenne area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.