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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Champaign, IL Area Home

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Congratulations on your decision to replace the windows of your Champaign home, but now is the moment to determine which windows will be the best fit. Learning the unique features and competitive differences they offer is a critical next step in your window purchase process. Choosing a window style 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 typically installed over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to supply ventilation and privacy all at once. Awning windows are often associated with southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Most bay windows include 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 feature four or more equal-size windows, usually casements that make a gradual arching insert. Bay and bow windows offer beautiful sweeping views, as well as giving a room the illusion of being larger than it is. Many of our Champaign area clients opt to include a convenient window seat 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 one of the best selling style of windows in the Champaign area. Used in numerous home designs, casement windows are constructed with a single sash that’s attached on the left or right and opens by cranking a handle located on the bottom, interior side. Because of its design, casement windows supply more ventilation versus double-hung windows (particularly if your window opening faces the direction of the wind). In relation to the actual look of your home, 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 double the height as compared to width 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 intended to add an architectural enhancement to your Champaign house.

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

Sliding Windows — Often called sliders or gliders, sliding windows open precisely as their name suggests; they move side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those difficult-to-reach areas in your Champaign home, such as over the kitchen sink. They are commonly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — Those Champaign homeowners that would like the added natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the space to permit 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 can bring in more light and heat than windows due to their rooftop positioning.

Transom — Similar to fixed windows, transoms are often combined with other window styles, and can be either fixed or vented units. They often are installed 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 a variety of shapes, including square, rectangular, half-circle, elliptical and more.

Window Wall — Just as the name suggests, 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 right window for your Champaign area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.