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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Cape Cod, Massachusetts Area Home

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It’s time to replace the windows of your Cape Cod 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. Understanding the facts about your choices and what features they offer is an important next step in your window purchase process. Choosing the right windows really depends on your home’s architecture, the purpose or use of the window, and of course, how much you have to spend.

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 usually placed over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to give your property ventilation and privacy all at once. Awning windows are commonly assigned to southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Most bay windows include a large window in the center bordered on either side by double-hung or casement windows set at 30- or 45-degree angles. The display can include vented or fixed windows; you can even combine window styles according to your needs for the area. The bow window consists of four or more equal-size windows, usually casements displayed to produce a gradual arching projection. Bay and bow windows offer gorgeous sweeping views, while giving a room the illusion of being larger than it is. Many of our Cape Cod area customers opt to include a convenient window bench to their bay or bow windows to provide additional seating for guests or everyday use.

Casement Windows — Commonly referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are one of the most popular style of windows in the Cape Cod area. Used in countless home designs, casement windows have a single sash that’s hinged on one of the sides and opens by cranking a handle located on the bottom, interior side. As a result of their 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 — Used within a number of popular 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 are most striking when they are about twice as tall as they are wide and each sash is an equal-sized square.

Fixed Windows — Fixed windows are usually used to add some decoration to your window pattern. Commonly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows never open, as they are used to bring an architectural enhancement to your Cape Cod house.

Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are 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 states; they slide side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those hard-to-reach areas in your Cape Cod home, such as over the kitchen sink. They are commonly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — For any Cape Cod homeowners that would like the extra natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the addition to accommodate common wall-installed windows, might 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 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 give the illusion of bigger 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 best window for your Cape Cod area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.