You’ve made the decision to replace the windows of your Fargo 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 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 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 typically
installed over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to provide ventilation and privacy. Awning windows are often found on southern home designs.
Bay and Bow Windows — Most bay windows feature 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 feature four or more equal-size windows, likely casements structured to produce a gradual arching insert. Bay and bow windows offer amazing sweeping views, as well as giving a room the sense of being larger than it is. Many of our Fargo area homeowners add a middle window seat to their bay or bow windows to provide additional seating for guests or everyday use.
Casement Windows — Commonly referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are one of the highest demand style of windows in the Fargo area. Used in numerous home designs, casement windows are constructed with a single sash that’s mounted on either side and opens by turning a crank shaft in a clockwise motion. With such a design, ventilation is aplenty with casement windows compared to 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. 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 — 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 look best 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 usually used to add some decoration to your window pattern. Most popularly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows do not open, as they are used to contribute an architectural enhancement to your Fargo house.
Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are similar to double hung windows, with one exception: only the bottom sash opens by pushing upward; the top sash is fixed permanently in place.
Sliding Windows — Referred to as sliders or gliders, sliding windows open just as their name implies; they move side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those hard-to-reach areas in your Fargo home, such as over the kitchen sink. These windows are commonly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.
Skylights — Those Fargo homeowners that would like the added natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the addition to accommodate common wall-installed windows, may want to consider 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 typically combined with other window styles, and can be either fixed or vented units. They’re usually located atop or below the main window or door. Transoms offer 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 — 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 exterior or interior walls.
To find the perfect window for your Fargo area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.