How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Victoria, B.C Area Home
Congratulations on your decision to replace the windows of your Victoria home, but now is the moment to determine which windows will be the best fit. Discovering the unique features and competitive differences they offer is a critical 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, 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 mounted over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to provide ventilation and privacy at the same time. Awning windows are commonly assigned to southern home designs.
Bay and Bow Windows — Most bay windows include a large window in the center bordered left and right by casement or double-hung 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 is made up of four or more equal-size windows, likely casements that create a gradual arching projection. Bay and bow windows offer amazing sweeping views, while giving a room the illusion of being larger than it is. Many of our Victoria area customers opt to include a convenient window sitting area 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 among the highest demand style of windows in the Victoria area. Included within countless home designs, casement windows have a single sash that’s mounted on either side and opens by using a crank handle. With such a 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 encourage you to consider casement windows for taller windows, over wider ones. Finally, casement windows open up to 90 degrees, so we do not recommend using them inhigh traffic area, such as porches, decks or similar areas.
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 look most appropriate for your home’s architecture 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 as a primary focal point or within a pattern combined with other windows. Commonly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows don’t open, as they are intended to bring an architectural enhancement to your Victoria house.
Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are similar to double hung windows, with one unique feature: only the bottom sash opens by pushing upward; the top sash is fixed permanently in place.
Sliding Windows — Sometimes described as sliders or gliders, sliding windows open just as their name implies; they shift side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those challenging-to-reach areas in your Victoria home, such as over the kitchen sink. Sliding windows are regularly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.
Skylights — Many Victoria homeowners that would like the extra natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the space to permit traditional wall-installed windows, should 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 usually combined with other window styles, and can be either fixed or vented units. Normally placed 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 a variety of shapes, including square, rectangular, half-circle, elliptical and more.
Window Wall — As you might assume, 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 exterior or interior walls.
To find the perfect window for your Victoria area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.