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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Hingham, MA Area Home

How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Hingham, MA Area Home

You’ve made the decision to replace the windows of your Hingham home, but now is the moment to determine which windows will be the best fit. Understanding the unique features and competitive differences they offer is a critical next step in your window purchase process. Deciding upon a window style really depends on your home’s architecture, the purpose or use of the window, and of course, how much you have to spend.

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

Bay and Bow Windows — Most bay windows involve a large window in the center bordered left and right by casement or double-hung windows set at 30- or 45-degree angles. The windows can be opened or fixed (or a blend of the two). The bow window is made up of four or more equal-size windows, most often casements that make a gradual arching projection. Bay and bow windows offer gorgeous sweeping views, as well as giving a room the illusion of being larger than it is. Many of our Hingham area customers add a middle 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 Hingham area. Found within countless home designs, casement windows feature a single sash that’s mounted on either side and opens by cranking a handle located on the bottom, interior side. Because of its 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. 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 — 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 best when they are about double the height as compared to width and each sash is an equal-sized square.

Fixed Windows — Fixed windows are typically 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 Hingham house.

Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are almost the same as 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 — Referred to as sliders or gliders, sliding windows open exactly as their name suggests; they move side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those difficult-to-reach areas in your Hingham home, such as over the kitchen sink. They are commonly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — Many Hingham homeowners that would like the extra natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the space to permit normal wall-installed windows, should consider 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 — 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 give the illusion of taller windows by allowing more sunlight in and increased 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 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 either exterior or interior walls.

To find the right window for your Hingham area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.

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