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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Scottsdale, AZ Area Home

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It’s time to replace the windows of your Scottsdale 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. Choosing 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.

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 typically installed over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to provide ventilation and privacy at the same time. Awning windows are commonly assigned to southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows typically feature a large window in the middle with casement or double-hung windows on each side 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 consists of four or more equal-size windows, usually casements that make a gradual arching projection. Bay and bow windows offer impressive sweeping views, as well as giving a room the illusion of being larger than it is. Many of our Scottsdale area clients add a middle window bench to their bay or bow windows to enhance the functionality of these windows and allow more enjoyment all year long.

Casement Windows — Usually referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are quite possibly the best selling style of windows in the Scottsdale area. Found within many home designs, casement windows are constructed with a single sash that’s mounted on the left or right and opens by using a crank handle. Because of its 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 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 — 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 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 to add some decoration to your window pattern. Most popularly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows don’t open, as they are intended to add an architectural enhancement to your Scottsdale 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 precisely as their name states; they shift side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those difficult-to-reach areas in your Scottsdale home, such as over the kitchen sink. These windows are frequently used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — Many Scottsdale homeowners that would like the extra natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the space to allow common 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 — Not unlike fixed windows, transoms are usually combined with other window styles, and can be either fixed or vented units. Normally placed 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 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 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 either exterior or interior walls.

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