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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Santa Fe, New Mexico Area Home

How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Santa Fe, New Mexico Area Home

Congratulations on your decision to replace the windows of your Santa Fe home, but now is the moment to determine which windows will be the best fit. Understanding the facts about your choices and what features they offer is an important next step in your window purchase process. Selecting 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 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 — Bay windows typically feature a large window in the middle bordered left and right by casement or double-hung windows set at 30- or 45-degree angles. Each window can be fixed, venting, or a combination of both. The bow window feature four or more equal-size windows, likely casements displayed to create a gradual arching insert. Bay and bow windows offer impressive sweeping views, as well as giving a room the illusion of being larger than it is. Many of our Santa Fe area clients opt to include a convenient window bench 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 most popular style of windows in the Santa Fe area. Included within countless home designs, casement windows have a single sash that’s attached on either side and opens by turning a crank shaft in a clockwise motion. With such a design, casement windows provide excellent ventilation (particularly if your window opening faces the direction of the wind). In terms of appearance, 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 — 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 most often used as a primary focal point or within a pattern combined with other windows. Often shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows never open, as they are meant to bring an architectural enhancement to your Santa Fe 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 does not open at all.

Sliding Windows — Sometimes described as sliders or gliders, sliding windows open precisely as their name implies; they move side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those challenging-to-reach areas in your Santa Fe home, such as over the kitchen sink. These windows are commonly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — Those Santa Fe homeowners that would like the extra natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the room to accommodate traditional wall-installed windows, should ponder 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 — Not unlike fixed windows, transoms are usually added to other window styles, and can be either fixed or vented units. Normally placed 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 many different 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 either exterior or interior walls.

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

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