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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Muncie, IN Area Home

How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Muncie, IN Area Home

It’s time to replace the windows of your Muncie home, but now is the moment to determine which windows will be the best fit. Learning the unique features and competitive differences they offer is a critical next step in your window purchase process. Selecting 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 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 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 — Bay windows commonly feature a large window in the center bordered on either side by double-hung or casement windows set at 30- or 45-degree angles. The windows can be opened or fixed (or a blend of the two). The bow window feature four or more equal-size windows, most often casements that produce a gradual arching frame. Bay and bow windows offer beautiful sweeping views, as well as giving a room the illusion of being larger than it is. Many of our Muncie area customers 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 quite possibly the most popular style of windows in the Muncie area. Found within numerous home designs, casement windows are constructed with 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 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 — 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 are most striking 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 most often used to add some decoration to your window pattern. Commonly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows will not open, as they are used to bring an architectural enhancement to your Muncie house.

Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are similar to double hung windows, with one difference: 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 implies; they slide side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those hard-to-reach areas in your Muncie home, such as over the kitchen sink. Sliding windows are frequently used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — Those Muncie homeowners that would like the added natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the room to accommodate traditional wall-installed windows, may want to ponder 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 often added to 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 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 — 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 either exterior or interior walls.

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

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