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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Newport, Rhode Island Area Home

How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Newport, Rhode Island Area Home

Congratulations on your decision to replace the windows of your Newport 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. Understanding the difference in window styles and features they offer is a critical 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, how much you can afford.

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. Most of these windows are usually placed over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to give your property 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 window in the center with casement or double-hung windows on each side 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, most often casements displayed to make a gradual arching frame. Bay and bow windows offer gorgeous sweeping views, in addition to giving a room the feel of being larger than it is. Many of our Newport area homeowners want a center window bench to their bay or bow windows to enhance the functionality of these windows and allow more enjoyment all year long.

Casement Windows — Usually referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are among the highest demand style of windows in the Newport area. Used in many home designs, casement windows feature a single sash that’s attached on the left or right and opens by using a crank handle. 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 suggest 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 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 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 contribute an architectural enhancement to your Newport 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 — Often called sliders or gliders, sliding windows open precisely as their name states; they shift side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those hard-to-reach areas in your Newport home, such as over the kitchen sink. Sliding windows are regularly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — Many Newport homeowners that would like the additional natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the room to permit normal wall-installed windows, may want to consider 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 typically combined with other window styles, and can be either fixed or vented units. They often are installed atop or below the main window or door. Transoms provide the illusion of bigger 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 — 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 both exterior or interior walls.

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

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