How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Kelowna, B.C. Area Home
You’ve made the decision to replace the windows of your Kelowna 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. Selecting 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 CONSIDER:
Awning Windows — Hinged from the top and opening outward from the bottom, awning window's construction pushes water away from the window opening. Awning windows are usually placed over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to supply ventilation and privacy all at once. Awning windows are commonly assigned to southern home designs.
Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows typically involve a large middle window bordered on either side by double-hung or casement windows set at 30- or 45-degree angles. Each window can be fixed, venting, or a combination of both. The bow window is made up of four or more equal-size windows, most often casements that produce a gradual arching insert. Bay and bow windows offer amazing sweeping views, in addition to giving a room the sense of being larger than it is. Many of our Kelowna area clients want a center window seat 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 highest demand style of windows in the Kelowna area. Used in countless home designs, casement windows feature a single sash that’s connected with hinges on the left or right and opens by turning a crank shaft in a clockwise motion. 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 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 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 don’t open, as they are intended to contribute an architectural enhancement to your Kelowna 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 is fixed permanently in place.
Sliding Windows — Referred to as sliders or gliders, sliding windows open exactly as their name implies; they slide side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those challenging-to-reach areas in your Kelowna home, such as over the kitchen sink. These windows are commonly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.
Skylights — Many Kelowna homeowners that would like the additional natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the addition to permit normal wall-installed windows, might consider a skylight. Skylights can be opened manually or by remote control (if such functionality is offered), which often brings in more light and heat than windows due to their rooftop positioning.
Transom — Not unlike 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 offer 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 — You guessed it -, 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 both exterior or interior walls.
To find the perfect window for your Kelowna area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.