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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Memphis, Tennessee Area Home

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It’s time to replace the windows of your Memphis home, but now is the moment to determine which windows will be the best fit. Learning the difference in window styles and features they offer is an important 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.

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 mounted over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to give your property ventilation and privacy at the same time. Awning windows are often associated with southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows typically involve a large window in the center with casement or double-hung windows on each side 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 displayed to create a gradual arching frame. Bay and bow windows offer beautiful sweeping views, in addition to giving a room the feel of being larger than it is. Many of our Memphis area customers opt to include a convenient window sitting area to their bay or bow windows in order to further enjoy the open feeling that they offer.

Casement Windows — Usually referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are among the best selling style of windows in the Memphis area. Included within numerous home designs, casement windows are constructed with a single sash that’s connected with hinges 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 relation to the actual look of your home, we suggest 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 — 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 double the height as compared to width and each sash is an equal-sized square.

Fixed Windows — Fixed windows are usually used for decorative purposes or combined with other windows. Commonly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows will not open, as they are meant to add an architectural enhancement to your Memphis house.

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

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

Skylights — Those Memphis homeowners that would like the extra natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the space to accommodate traditional wall-installed windows, should 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 typically added to 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 bigger windows by allowing more sunlight in and additional airflow if the windows vent. Transom windows are available in many different 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 either exterior or interior walls.

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