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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Kansas City, KS Area Home

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It’s time to replace the windows of your Kansas City home, but you want your windows to enhance its beauty and provide the functionality you’ve been missing for years. 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.

STYLES OF WINDOWS 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 give your property ventilation and privacy. Awning windows are often found on southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows typically involve a large window in the center bordered left and right by casement or double-hung 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, usually casements that produce a gradual arching insert. 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 Kansas City area homeowners add a middle 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 questionably the best selling style of windows in the Kansas City area. Included within many home designs, casement windows have a single sash that’s hinged on the left or right and opens by cranking a handle located on the bottom, interior side. 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 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 — Used within a number of popular 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 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 typically used for decorative purposes or combined with other windows. Most popularly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows never open, as they are intended to bring an architectural enhancement to your Kansas City house.

Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are 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 precisely as their name implies; they shift side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those difficult-to-reach areas in your Kansas City home, such as over the kitchen sink. These windows are regularly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — For any Kansas City homeowners that would like the extra natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the room to permit normal wall-installed windows, might ponder 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 — 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 additional airflow if the windows vent. Transom windows are available in multiple shapes, including square, rectangular, half-circle, elliptical and more.

Window Wall — As you might assume, 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 Kansas City area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.