How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Mankato, Minnesota Area Home
You’ve made the decision to replace the windows of your Mankato 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. Most of these windows are typically installed over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to provide ventilation and privacy at the same time. Awning windows are often associated with southern home designs.
Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows typically feature 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 consists of four or more equal-size windows, most often casements displayed to produce a gradual arching projection. Bay and bow windows offer amazing sweeping views, as well as giving a room the feel of being larger than it is. Many of our Mankato 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 — Often referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are quite possibly the most popular style of windows in the Mankato area. Used in countless home designs, casement windows have a single sash that’s mounted on the left or right and opens by turning a crank shaft in a clockwise motion. As a result of their design, ventilation is aplenty with casement windows compared to 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 — Most commonly used in traditional, Colonial or Victorian 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 twice as tall as they are wide and each sash is an equal-sized square.
Fixed Windows — Fixed windows are most often used for decorative purposes or combined with other windows. Commonly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows do not open, as they are used to add an architectural enhancement to your Mankato house.
Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are almost the same as double hung windows, with one difference: only the bottom sash opens by pushing upward; the top sash cannot open.
Sliding Windows — Referred to as sliders or gliders, sliding windows open exactly as their name suggests; they slide side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those difficult-to-reach areas in your Mankato home, such as over the kitchen sink. These windows are frequently used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.
Skylights — Those Mankato homeowners that would like the added natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the space to allow traditional wall-installed windows, may want to think about a skylight. Skylights can be opened manually or by remote control (if such functionality is offered), which likely will bring in more light and heat than windows due to their rooftop positioning.
Transom — Just like fixed windows, transoms are often combined 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 provide the illusion of larger windows by allowing more sunlight in and increased 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 best window for your Mankato area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.