Congratulations on your decision to replace the windows of your Jackson home, but now is the moment to determine which windows will be the best fit. Learning the facts about your choices and what features they offer is a crucial next step in your window purchase process. Selecting the right windows really depends on your home’s architecture, the purpose or use of the window, and of course, how much you can afford.
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 mounted over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to provide ventilation and privacy all at once. Awning windows are commonly assigned to southern home designs.
Bay and Bow Windows — Most bay windows feature a large window in the center 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 is made up of four or more equal-size windows, usually casements displayed to make a gradual arching frame. Bay and bow windows offer amazing sweeping views, as well as giving a room the illusion of being larger than it is. Many of our Jackson area clients want a center 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 questionably the highest demand style of windows in the Jackson area. Found within many home designs, casement windows feature a single sash that’s mounted on either side and opens by turning a crank shaft in a clockwise motion. 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). In terms of appearance, 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 for decorative purposes or combined with other windows. Commonly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows don’t open, as they are meant to add an architectural enhancement to your Jackson 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 exactly as their name states; they shift side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those difficult-to-reach areas in your Jackson home, such as over the kitchen sink. They are frequently used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.
Skylights — For any Jackson homeowners that would like the added natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the space to permit common wall-installed windows, might think about 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 usually included with other window styles, and can be either fixed or vented units. They’re usually located 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 multiple 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 do not 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 Jackson area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.