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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your El Paso, Texas Area Home

How to Select the Right Window Style for Your El Paso, Texas Area Home

It’s time to replace the windows of your El Paso 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 unique features and competitive differences they offer is a critical next step in your window purchase process. Selecting 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.

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 typically installed over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to supply ventilation and privacy at the same time. Awning windows are commonly assigned to southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows commonly involve a large middle window 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 is made up of four or more equal-size windows, likely casements structured to produce a gradual arching insert. Bay and bow windows offer impressive sweeping views, as well as giving a room the feel of being larger than it is. Many of our El Paso area homeowners 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 — Usually referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are quite possibly the best selling style of windows in the El Paso 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. With such a design, casement windows supply more ventilation versus double-hung windows (particularly if your window opening faces the direction of the wind). In terms of appearance, we recommend 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 best when they are about double the height as compared to width and each sash is an equal-sized square.

Fixed Windows — Fixed windows are most often used to add some decoration to your window pattern. Most popularly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows don’t open, as they are used to add an architectural enhancement to your El Paso house.

Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are the same as double hung windows, with one unique feature: only the bottom sash opens by pushing upward; the top sash does not open at all.

Sliding Windows — Sometimes described as sliders or gliders, sliding windows open just as their name suggests; they slide side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those challenging-to-reach areas in your El Paso home, such as over the kitchen sink. These windows are regularly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — Those El Paso homeowners that would like the extra natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the room to allow traditional wall-installed windows, might ponder a skylight. Skylights can be opened manually or by remote control (if such functionality is offered), which likely will bring in more light and heat than windows due to their rooftop positioning.

Transom — Just like fixed windows, transoms are usually included 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 larger 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 — 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 exterior or interior walls.

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

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