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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Des Moines, IA Area Home

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Congratulations on your decision to replace the windows of your Des Moines home, but now is the moment to determine which windows will be the best fit. Understanding the difference in window styles and features they offer is a critical 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.

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 usually placed 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 — Most bay windows involve a large middle window 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 is made up of four or more equal-size windows, usually casements displayed to create a gradual arching projection. Bay and bow windows offer amazing sweeping views, in addition to giving a room the sense of being larger than it is. Many of our Des Moines area homeowners add a middle window sitting area 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 among the most popular style of windows in the Des Moines area. Found within numerous home designs, casement windows are constructed with a single sash that’s hinged on the left or right and opens by cranking a handle located on the bottom, interior side. With such a design, casement windows provide excellent ventilation (particularly if your window opening faces the direction of the wind). From an overall appearance standpoint, 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 — 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 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 most often used to add some decoration to your window pattern. Commonly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows don’t open, as they are intended to bring an architectural enhancement to your Des Moines house.

Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are similar to double hung windows, with one exception: only the bottom sash opens by pushing upward; the top sash cannot open.

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

Skylights — For any Des Moines homeowners that would like the added natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the room to permit common wall-installed windows, should consider 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 — Similar to fixed windows, transoms are often included with other window styles, and can be either fixed or vented units. They’re usually located atop or below the main window or door. Transoms offer the illusion of bigger windows by allowing more sunlight in and additional 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 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 Des Moines area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.