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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Calgary, AB Area Home

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It’s time to replace the windows of your Calgary 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 facts about your choices and what features they offer is a crucial next step in your window purchase process. Deciding upon the right windows 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 give your property ventilation and privacy. Awning windows are commonly assigned to southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Most bay windows include 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 consists of four or more equal-size windows, usually casements that produce 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 Calgary area customers want a center window sitting area 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 questionably the most popular style of windows in the Calgary area. Included within numerous home designs, casement windows have a single sash that’s attached on the left or right and opens by cranking a handle located on the bottom, interior side. With such a design, casement windows supply more ventilation versus double-hung windows (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 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 usually used as a primary focal point or within a pattern combined with other windows. Often shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows will not open, as they are meant to contribute an architectural enhancement to your Calgary house.

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

Sliding Windows — Sometimes described as sliders or gliders, sliding windows open exactly as their name implies; they move side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those challenging-to-reach areas in your Calgary home, such as over the kitchen sink. Sliding windows are frequently used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — Many Calgary homeowners that would like the added natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the room to accommodate traditional wall-installed windows, should consider 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 — Similar to 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 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 — You guessed it -, 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 perfect window for your Calgary area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.