Congratulations on your decision to replace the windows of your Kingston home, but now is the moment to determine which windows will be the best fit. Understanding the unique features and competitive differences they offer is an important 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.
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. Most of these windows are typically
installed over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to supply ventilation and privacy at the same time. Awning windows are commonly assigned to southern home designs.
Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows commonly feature a large centered window with casement or double-hung windows on each side set at 30- or 45-degree angles. Each window can be fixed, venting, or a combination of both. The bow window feature four or more equal-size windows, likely casements displayed to create a gradual arching frame. Bay and bow windows offer impressive sweeping views, in addition to giving a room the illusion of being larger than it is. Many of our Kingston area customers want a center window seat to their bay or bow windows to provide additional seating for guests or everyday use.
Casement Windows — Usually referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are among the best selling style of windows in the Kingston area. Used in countless home designs, casement windows are constructed with a single sash that’s attached on one of the sides and opens by cranking a handle located on the bottom, interior side. With such a design, ventilation is aplenty with casement windows compared to double-hung windows (particularly if your window opening faces the direction of the wind). In terms of appearance, we encourage you to consider casement windows for taller windows, over wider ones. We would suggest you avoid casement windows in high traffic areas, due to the fact that they take up
more space when open.
Double-Hung Windows — Most commonly used in traditional, Colonial or Victorian 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 look most appropriate for your home’s architecture when they are about double the height as compared to width and each sash is an equal-sized square.
Fixed Windows — Fixed windows are typically used as a primary focal point or within a pattern combined with other windows. Often shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows do not open, as they are intended to contribute an architectural enhancement to your Kingston house.
Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are almost the same as 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 just as their name suggests; they move side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those challenging-to-reach areas in your Kingston home, such as over the kitchen sink. Sliding windows are frequently used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.
Skylights — Many Kingston homeowners that would like the extra natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the space to permit 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 often are installed atop or below the main window or door. Transoms give the illusion of larger windows by allowing more sunlight in and more 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 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 best window for your Kingston area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.