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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your South Portland, ME Area Home

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Congratulations on your decision to replace the windows of your South Portland 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 an important 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.

WINDOW STYLES TO THINK ABOUT:

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 provide ventilation and privacy all at once. Awning windows are often associated with southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows commonly include a large window in the middle bordered on either side by double-hung or casement 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, likely casements that create a gradual arching projection. Bay and bow windows offer impressive sweeping views, in addition to giving a room the sense of being larger than it is. Many of our South Portland area customers add a middle window seat 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 quite possibly the best selling style of windows in the South Portland area. Used in many home designs, casement windows have a single sash that’s mounted on either side and opens by cranking a handle located on the bottom, interior side. Because of its design, casement windows supply more ventilation versus double-hung windows (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 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 meant to contribute an architectural enhancement to your South Portland 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 does not open at all.

Sliding Windows — Often called sliders or gliders, sliding windows open precisely as their name states; they slide side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those challenging-to-reach areas in your South Portland home, such as over the kitchen sink. These windows are frequently used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — Many South Portland homeowners that would like the added natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the addition to accommodate normal wall-installed windows, might 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 — Not unlike 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 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 — 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 both exterior or interior walls.

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