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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Salt Lake City, UT Area Home

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Congratulations on your decision to replace the windows of your Salt Lake City home, but you want your windows to enhance its beauty and provide the functionality you’ve been missing for years. Understanding the unique features and competitive differences they offer is an important next step in your window purchase process. Selecting the ideal style of window 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. Awning windows 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 — Most bay windows feature a large middle window bordered on either side by double-hung or casement windows set at 30- or 45-degree angles. Each window can be fixed, venting, or a combination of both. The bow window is made up of four or more equal-size windows, usually casements structured to create a gradual arching frame. Bay and bow windows offer gorgeous sweeping views, while giving a room the sense of being larger than it is. Many of our Salt Lake City area customers want a center window sitting area to their bay or bow windows in order to further enjoy the open feeling that they offer.

Casement Windows — Usually referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are among the best selling style of windows in the Salt Lake City area. Found within numerous home designs, casement windows feature a single sash that’s connected with hinges on the left or right and opens by using a crank handle. As a result of their 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. 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 — 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 two-times the height as they are wide and each sash is an equal-sized square.

Fixed Windows — Fixed windows are typically used for decorative purposes or combined with other windows. Most popularly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows don’t open, as they are intended to bring an architectural enhancement to your Salt Lake City 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 cannot open.

Sliding Windows — Referred to as sliders or gliders, sliding windows open just as their name states; they shift side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those hard-to-reach areas in your Salt Lake City home, such as over the kitchen sink. Sliding windows are frequently used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — Many Salt Lake City homeowners that would like the additional natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the space to allow common wall-installed windows, might 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 — Not unlike fixed windows, transoms are often 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 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 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 Salt Lake City area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.