It’s time to replace the windows of your Portsmouth 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. Discovering the difference in window styles and features they offer is an important next step in your window purchase process. Choosing 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.
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. Most of these windows are usually placed over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to provide ventilation and privacy all at once. Awning windows are often associated with southern home designs.
Bay and Bow Windows — Most bay windows involve a large middle window 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 structured to make a gradual arching frame. Bay and bow windows offer impressive sweeping views, in addition to giving a room the illusion of being larger than it is. Many of our Portsmouth area homeowners 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 — Often referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are quite possibly the best selling style of windows in the Portsmouth area. Included within numerous home designs, casement windows feature a single sash that’s connected with hinges on the left or right and opens by turning a crank shaft in a clockwise motion. Because of its design, casement windows supply more ventilation versus double-hung windows (particularly if your window opening faces the direction of the wind). From an overall appearance standpoint, we encourage you to consider casement windows for taller windows, over wider ones. Also, because casement windows crank out, and therefore take up more space when open, we do not recommend them for heavily trafficked areas, such as decks or front porches.
Double-Hung Windows — A wide variety of home designs utilize double-hung windows, including traditional, Colonial and Victorian. 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 usually used as a primary focal point or within a pattern combined with other windows. Commonly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows never open, as they are intended to add an architectural enhancement to your Portsmouth house.
Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are the same as double hung windows, with one difference: only the bottom sash opens by pushing upward; the top sash cannot open.
Sliding Windows — Referred to as sliders or gliders, sliding windows open precisely as their name states; they shift side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those challenging-to-reach areas in your Portsmouth home, such as over the kitchen sink. They are commonly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.
Skylights — For any Portsmouth homeowners that would like the added natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the room 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 can bring in more light and heat than windows due to their rooftop positioning.
Transom — Not unlike fixed windows, transoms are often included with other window styles, and can be either fixed or vented units. Normally placed atop or below the main window or door. Transoms offer the illusion of larger windows by allowing more sunlight in and more airflow if the windows vent. Transom windows are available in a variety of 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 both exterior or interior walls.
To find the best window for your Portsmouth area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.