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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Providence, Massachusetts Area Home

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You’ve made the decision to replace the windows of your Providence home, but selecting which windows will enhance your home’s appearance and meet the energy efficiency level you desire will be a tough decision too. Discovering the difference in window styles and features they offer is a crucial next step in your window purchase process. Selecting a window style really depends on your home’s architecture, the purpose or use of the window, and of course, your budget.


Awning Windows — Hinged from the top and opening outward from the bottom, awning window's construction pushes water away from the window opening. Awning windows are mounted over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to supply ventilation and privacy at the same time. Awning windows are often associated with southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Most bay windows involve a large window in the middle bordered on either side by double-hung or casement windows set at 30- or 45-degree angles. Each window can be fixed, venting, or a combination of both. The bow window is made up of four or more equal-size windows, usually casements displayed to produce a gradual arching projection. Bay and bow windows offer gorgeous sweeping views, while giving a room the sense of being larger than it is. Many of our Providence area customers want a center window seat to their bay or bow windows to provide additional seating for guests or everyday use.

Casement Windows — Usually referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are one of the best selling style of windows in the Providence area. Used in numerous home designs, casement windows have a single sash that’s connected with hinges on one of the sides and opens by cranking a handle located on the bottom, interior side. 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 terms of appearance, we suggest 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 — 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 best when they are about twice as tall as they are wide and each sash is an equal-sized square.

Fixed Windows — Fixed windows are usually used to add some decoration to your window pattern. Most popularly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows do not open, as they are intended to contribute an architectural enhancement to your Providence 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 cannot open.

Sliding Windows — Often called sliders or gliders, sliding windows open just as their name suggests; they move side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those challenging-to-reach areas in your Providence home, such as over the kitchen sink. They are commonly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — Those Providence homeowners that would like the additional natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the space to permit normal wall-installed windows, might 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 — Similar to fixed windows, transoms are typically combined with other window styles, and can be either fixed or vented units. Normally placed atop or below the main window or door. Transoms provide the illusion of larger windows by allowing more sunlight in and more 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 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 both exterior or interior walls.

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