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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Syracuse, NY Area Home

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It’s time to replace the windows of your Syracuse 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. 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. They are typically installed over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to supply ventilation and privacy at the same time. Awning windows are often associated with southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows commonly feature a large centered window bordered on either side by double-hung or casement windows 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, likely casements structured to produce a gradual arching projection. Bay and bow windows offer amazing sweeping views, in addition to giving a room the illusion of being larger than it is. Many of our Syracuse area homeowners add a middle window bench to their bay or bow windows to enhance the functionality of these windows and allow more enjoyment all year long.

Casement Windows — Often referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are among the best selling style of windows in the Syracuse area. Included within many home designs, casement windows feature a single sash that’s hinged on one of the sides and opens by using a crank handle. 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 recommend 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 look most appropriate for your home’s architecture when they are about double the height as compared to width and each sash is an equal-sized square.

Fixed Windows — Fixed windows are typically used to add some decoration to your window pattern. Most popularly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows do not open, as they are meant to add an architectural enhancement to your Syracuse house.

Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are similar to double hung windows, with one unique feature: only the bottom sash opens by pushing upward; the top sash cannot open.

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

Skylights — Many Syracuse homeowners that would like the extra natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the room to allow common wall-installed windows, might consider 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 usually combined 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 more 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 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 best window for your Syracuse area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.