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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Ketchum, ID Area Home

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It’s time to replace the windows of your Ketchum home, but you want your windows to enhance its beauty and provide the functionality you’ve been missing for years. Understanding the facts about your choices and what features they offer is a crucial 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 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. Awning windows are often associated with southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows typically involve a large centered window 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 feature four or more equal-size windows, usually casements structured to make a gradual arching insert. Bay and bow windows offer beautiful sweeping views, as well as giving a room the sense of being larger than it is. Many of our Ketchum area homeowners want a center window seat 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 best selling style of windows in the Ketchum area. Found within many home designs, casement windows have a single sash that’s mounted on the left or right 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 double the height as compared to width and each sash is an equal-sized square.

Fixed Windows — Fixed windows are usually 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 used to add an architectural enhancement to your Ketchum 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 does not open at all.

Sliding Windows — Referred to as sliders or gliders, sliding windows open exactly as their name states; they shift side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those challenging-to-reach areas in your Ketchum home, such as over the kitchen sink. These windows are commonly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — Those Ketchum homeowners that would like the extra natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the space to allow traditional wall-installed windows, may want to think about 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 — Just like fixed windows, transoms are usually 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 provide the illusion of larger 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 — Just as the name suggests, 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 exterior or interior walls.

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