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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Falls Church, VA Area Home

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It’s time to replace the windows of your Falls Church 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. Discovering the unique features and competitive differences they offer is a crucial next step in your window purchase process. Choosing 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.

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 mounted over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to provide ventilation and privacy. Awning windows are commonly assigned to southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Most bay windows 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 windows can be opened or fixed (or a blend of the two). The bow window feature four or more equal-size windows, most often casements structured to make a gradual arching frame. 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 Falls Church area homeowners want a center window bench 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 most popular style of windows in the Falls Church area. Found within numerous home designs, casement windows feature a single sash that’s mounted on one of the sides and opens by using a crank handle. 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 recommend 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 to add some decoration to your window pattern. Most popularly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows will not open, as they are intended to add an architectural enhancement to your Falls Church 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 precisely as their name suggests; they slide side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those difficult-to-reach areas in your Falls Church home, such as over the kitchen sink. These windows are commonly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — For any Falls Church homeowners that would like the extra 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 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’re usually located atop or below the main window or door. Transoms offer 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 — Just as the name suggests, 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 either exterior or interior walls.

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