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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Beltsville, Maryland Area Home

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Congratulations on your decision to replace the windows of your Beltsville home, but now is the moment to determine which windows will be the best fit. Discovering the difference in window styles and features they offer is a crucial next step in your window purchase process. Deciding upon 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. They 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 commonly include a large window in the center bordered left and right by casement or double-hung windows 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, most often casements that produce a gradual arching projection. Bay and bow windows offer beautiful sweeping views, in addition to giving a room the sense of being larger than it is. Many of our Beltsville area customers want a center window bench to their bay or bow windows to provide additional seating for guests or everyday use.

Casement Windows — Commonly referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are questionably the most popular style of windows in the Beltsville area. Used in numerous home designs, casement windows feature a single sash that’s attached on the left or right and opens by using a crank handle. Because of its 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. 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 two-times the height as they are wide and each sash is an equal-sized square.

Fixed Windows — Fixed windows are typically 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 used to bring an architectural enhancement to your Beltsville 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 — Often called sliders or gliders, sliding windows open just as their name implies; they move side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those challenging-to-reach areas in your Beltsville home, such as over the kitchen sink. These windows are commonly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — Those Beltsville homeowners that would like the added natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the space to permit traditional wall-installed windows, should think about a skylight. Skylights can be opened manually or by remote control (if such functionality is offered), which often brings 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 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 both exterior or interior walls.

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