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

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It’s time to replace the windows of your Davenport 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 facts about your choices and what features they offer is a crucial next step in your window purchase process. Deciding upon the ideal style of window really depends on your home’s architecture, the purpose or use of the window, and of course, your budget.

WINDOW STYLES 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 mounted over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to provide ventilation and privacy all at once. Awning windows are often associated with southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows typically involve a large window in the middle bordered left and right by casement or double-hung windows set at 30- or 45-degree angles. Each window can be fixed, venting, or a combination of both. The bow window feature four or more equal-size windows, usually casements structured to create a gradual arching frame. Bay and bow windows offer gorgeous sweeping views, as well as giving a room the feel of being larger than it is. Many of our Davenport area customers want a center window bench 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 quite possibly the best selling style of windows in the Davenport area. Found within many 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 supply more ventilation versus double-hung windows (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. 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 typically used for decorative purposes or combined with other windows. Most popularly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows never open, as they are used to contribute an architectural enhancement to your Davenport 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 cannot open.

Sliding Windows — Often called sliders or gliders, sliding windows open just as their name states; they slide side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those difficult-to-reach areas in your Davenport home, such as over the kitchen sink. These windows are regularly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — Many Davenport homeowners that would like the additional natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the room 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 can bring in more light and heat than windows due to their rooftop positioning.

Transom — Just like fixed windows, transoms are typically combined with 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 more airflow if the windows vent. Transom windows are available in multiple 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 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 both exterior or interior walls.

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