Some homeowners associate window styles with aesthetic elements like colors and finishes, but the industry uses the term “style” to discuss the function and form of your replacement window. When we discuss various styles of windows and patio doors, we’re talking about whether a window opens, and if so, how.
Style answers the question – Does it raise and lower vertically or slide horizontally and how?
Why Does Style Matter?
Some window styles are more energy-efficient than others – although we’re confident our full line of ENERGY-STAR certified replacement windows will help you save money on your utility bills and routine maintenance regardless of which style you choose.
The operating mechanisms – handles, cranks and easy-glide track systems – vary depending on which window styles you choose for your New Jersey home.
Different settings require different windows. Some windows are better suited for nurseries and other areas where you want to limit how wide your windows open. In other rooms of your home, you may want a larger viewing area. Starting with the correct style is an important first step in the replacement window design journey.
As you read through this series, you’ll find helpful information about operability choices, construction materials, glass options and design features. We can’t cover everything in this series so, if you have questions, please give one of our professional replacement window design consultants a call.
The Company Behind the Windows
While “styles” lay the foundation for your new windows, we want you to know that every window built in our factory comes with a few standards.
#1 Environment. Every custom-built window or patio door is manufactured under strict standards that protect the environment and reduce landfill waste.
#2 Warranty. Whether you choose a crank-style casement window that hinges on the side or a low-profile sliding door designed to give you a broad viewing area, we back every product with one of the best warranty packages in the industry.
#3 Durability. Every window is crafted with advanced technology and materials to make sure your selections remain beautiful and functional for many, many years.
#4 Custom Fit. Precision-crafted replacement windows built in our factory perfectly fit into the opening left when we remove your existing windows. No extra construction, interior finishing or architectural modifications necessary.
#5 Value, Comfort & Safety. Our Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey pledge to you is a promise to deliver home improvement products that add value, comfort and safety for your family – beginning with installation and continuing for as long as you live in your home.
As you read through our style guide, remember that our design team is just a phone call away to give you more information about ventilation, light control and aesthetic features to help you create unique windows that fit your budget and your lifestyle. Whether you’re looking for whimsical geometric shaped windows or tilt-out designs that make cleaning your windows easier, we’ve got solutions.
Our number one goal is to help you make wise purchasing decisions.
Choosing Replacement Window Styles for Your New Jersey Home
#1 Picture & Combination Windows
Fixed windows – sometimes called showcase windows – are an excellent choice if you have a spectacular view of the countryside you want to enjoy looking at through the glass but never intend to open the windows.
These windows don’t open and are the most energy-efficient window in our line of home improvement products. They offer the narrowest frame and the largest viewing area. Perhaps the only downside is that fixed-panel windows don’t allow you to clean both interior and exterior surfaces from inside your home like most of our window styles.
#2 Bow Windows
Bow window configurations are technically several windows joined together – typically three window-panels. Bows have a boxy look and feel created by a central panel that is wider than two side panels of similar height with a narrower width. Bow window configurations are highly adaptable to many architectural styles and work equally well as accent windows or prominent features that enhance curb appeal.
You may choose fixed or operable window styles to build your bow depending on your ventilation and decorating goals. You can even mix and match styles by installing a central fixed panel and double-hung or casement windows on the sides.
# 3 Bay Windows
Bay windows are much like bows except they generally have more than three windows, which allows a more “curved” profile. You can still choose fixed replacement windows, windows that open, or a combination of different styles. Another difference is that bow windows create slightly more indoor space for window seats or additional floor space.
Come back for Part Two of our Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey Replacement Window Style Guide
We still have more styles to tell you about and we hope you’ll come back for part two. Next week, we’ll also tell you about accessories to customize your replacement windows like insect screens, check rail variations and grille patterns. Want more information today? Just fill in the short form or give us a call at 1-888-826-2451 and ask to set up an appointment with your personal replacement window design consultant.