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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Boise, ID Area Home

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Congratulations on your decision to replace the windows of your Boise 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. Learning the difference in window styles and features they offer is an important next step in your window purchase process. Selecting 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.

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. Most of these windows 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 — Bay windows typically involve a large middle window 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 consists of four or more equal-size windows, likely casements structured to produce a gradual arching projection. Bay and bow windows offer amazing sweeping views, in addition to giving a room the illusion of being larger than it is. Many of our Boise area homeowners want a center window bench 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 best selling style of windows in the Boise area. Used in many home designs, casement windows are constructed with a single sash that’s mounted on one of the sides and opens by using a crank handle. Because of its design, casement windows provide excellent ventilation (particularly if your window opening faces the direction of the wind). In relation to the actual look of your home, we suggest 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. Commonly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows never open, as they are meant to add an architectural enhancement to your Boise house.

Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are almost the same as double hung windows, with one unique feature: only the bottom sash opens by pushing upward; the top sash does not open at all.

Sliding Windows — Referred to as sliders or gliders, sliding windows open just as their name suggests; they move side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those hard-to-reach areas in your Boise home, such as over the kitchen sink. They are frequently used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — Many Boise homeowners that would like the extra natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the space to allow normal wall-installed windows, might think about 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 — Not unlike fixed windows, transoms are typically added to 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 larger windows by allowing more sunlight in and additional 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 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 Boise area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.