It’s time to replace the windows of your Oklahoma City home, but you want your windows to enhance its beauty and provide the functionality you’ve been missing for years. Learning the facts about your choices and what features they offer is a critical next step in your window purchase process. Deciding upon a window style 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. They are usually placed over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to give your property ventilation and privacy at the same time. Awning windows are often found on southern home designs.
Bay and Bow Windows — Most bay windows include a large middle window 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, usually casements that make a gradual arching projection. Bay and bow windows offer amazing sweeping views, in addition to giving a room the illusion of being larger than it is. Many of our Oklahoma City area homeowners opt to include a convenient window sitting area to their bay or bow windows to enhance the functionality of these windows and allow more enjoyment all year long.
Casement Windows — Commonly referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are among the most popular style of windows in the Oklahoma City area. Used in countless home designs, casement windows are constructed with a single sash that’s hinged on either side and opens by turning a crank shaft in a clockwise motion. With such a design, casement windows provide excellent ventilation (particularly if your window opening faces the direction of the wind). From an overall appearance standpoint, we encourage you to consider 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 — 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 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 typically used for decorative purposes or combined with other windows. Commonly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows will not open, as they are used to add an architectural enhancement to your Oklahoma 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 does not open at all.
Sliding Windows — Often called sliders or gliders, sliding windows open just as their name states; they move side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those hard-to-reach areas in your Oklahoma City home, such as over the kitchen sink. They are frequently used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.
Skylights — For any Oklahoma City homeowners that would like the additional natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the addition to allow traditional wall-installed windows, should 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 usually 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 provide the illusion of larger windows by allowing more sunlight in and increased airflow if the windows vent. Transom windows are available in many different shapes, including square, rectangular, half-circle, elliptical and more.
Window Wall — As you might assume, a window wall is literally a wall of fixed windows 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 Oklahoma City area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.