How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Baton Rouge, Louisiana Area Home
It’s time to replace the windows of your Baton Rouge home, but you want your windows to enhance its beauty and provide the functionality you’ve been missing for years. Understanding the unique features and competitive differences they offer is a crucial 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.
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. Most of these windows are usually placed over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to provide ventilation and privacy at the same time. Awning windows are often associated with southern home designs.
Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows typically involve a large middle window with casement or double-hung windows on each side 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, most often casements that produce a gradual arching frame. Bay and bow windows offer beautiful sweeping views, in addition to giving a room the illusion of being larger than it is. Many of our Baton Rouge area customers add a middle window bench to their bay or bow windows in order to further enjoy the open feeling that they offer.
Casement Windows — Commonly referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are among the best selling style of windows in the Baton Rouge area. Found within countless home designs, casement windows feature a single sash that’s attached on either side and opens by cranking a handle located on the bottom, interior side. With such a design, casement windows provide excellent ventilation (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. 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 — A wide variety of home designs utilize double-hung windows, including traditional, Colonial and Victorian. 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. 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 Baton Rouge 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 — Often called sliders or gliders, sliding windows open precisely as their name suggests; they slide side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those challenging-to-reach areas in your Baton Rouge home, such as over the kitchen sink. Sliding windows are commonly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.
Skylights — Those Baton Rouge homeowners that would like the added natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the space to allow common wall-installed windows, may want to 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 added to other window styles, and can be either fixed or vented units. They often are installed atop or below the main window or door. Transoms provide the illusion of taller 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 — 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 either exterior or interior walls.
To find the best window for your Baton Rouge area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.