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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Hanover, MA Area Home

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Congratulations on your decision to replace the windows of your Hanover home, but you want your windows to enhance its beauty and provide the functionality you’ve been missing for years. Learning the unique features and competitive differences they offer is a critical next step in your window purchase process. Choosing the ideal style of window really depends on your home’s architecture, the purpose or use of the window, and of course, your budget.

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. Awning windows are mounted over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to supply ventilation and privacy. Awning windows are often associated with southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows commonly feature a large window in the middle bordered left and right by casement or double-hung windows 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 structured to create 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 Hanover area clients add a middle window seat to their bay or bow windows in order to further enjoy the open feeling that they offer.

Casement Windows — Commonly referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are quite possibly the best selling style of windows in the Hanover area. Used in countless home designs, casement windows are constructed with a single sash that’s connected with hinges on either side and opens by turning a crank shaft in a clockwise motion. 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 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 meant to bring an architectural enhancement to your Hanover house.

Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are similar to double hung windows, with one unique feature: 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 suggests; they shift side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those hard-to-reach areas in your Hanover home, such as over the kitchen sink. Sliding windows are regularly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — Many Hanover homeowners that would like the extra natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the addition to allow normal wall-installed windows, might ponder 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 — 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 either exterior or interior walls.

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