You’ve made the decision to replace the windows of your Lafayette home, but now is the moment to determine which windows will be the best fit. Discovering the facts about your choices and what features they offer is a critical next step in your window purchase process. Deciding upon 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 have to spend.
WINDOW STYLES 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. Awning windows are commonly assigned to 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. 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, most often casements structured to create a gradual arching frame. Bay and bow windows offer amazing sweeping views, as well as giving a room the feel of being larger than it is. Many of our Lafayette area homeowners add a middle window sitting area to their bay or bow windows in order to further enjoy the open feeling that they offer.
Casement Windows — Often referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are among the highest demand style of windows in the Lafayette area. Found within many home designs, casement windows are constructed with a single sash that’s attached on one of the sides and opens by using a crank handle. As a result of their design, casement windows supply more ventilation versus 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 most appropriate for your home’s architecture when they are about twice as tall as they are wide and each sash is an equal-sized square.
Fixed Windows — Fixed windows are most often used for decorative purposes or combined with other windows. Often shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows will not open, as they are intended to add an architectural enhancement to your Lafayette 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 — Often called sliders or gliders, sliding windows open exactly as their name implies; they shift side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those challenging-to-reach areas in your Lafayette home, such as over the kitchen sink. They are frequently used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.
Skylights — Many Lafayette homeowners that would like the added natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the space to accommodate traditional wall-installed windows, should 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 — Similar to fixed windows, transoms are often included with other window styles, and can be either fixed or vented units. Normally placed atop or below the main window or door. Transoms provide the illusion of bigger windows by allowing more sunlight in and additional airflow if the windows vent. Transom windows are available in many different shapes, including square, rectangular, half-circle, elliptical and more.
Window Wall — You guessed it -, 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 exterior or interior walls.
To find the perfect window for your Lafayette area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.