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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Woburn, MA Area Home

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Congratulations on your decision to replace the windows of your Woburn 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. Selecting the right windows 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 give your property ventilation and privacy at the same time. Awning windows are often found on southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows commonly feature a large middle window bordered on either side by double-hung or casement windows set at 30- or 45-degree angles. The windows can be opened or fixed (or a blend of the two). The bow window feature four or more equal-size windows, likely casements that produce a gradual arching insert. Bay and bow windows offer impressive sweeping views, while giving a room the sense of being larger than it is. Many of our Woburn area clients add a middle window bench 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 Woburn area. Used in numerous home designs, casement windows are constructed with a single sash that’s mounted on either side and opens by using a crank handle. With such a design, ventilation is aplenty with casement windows compared to double-hung windows (particularly if your window opening faces the direction of the wind). In terms of appearance, we recommend 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 — 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 best 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 to add some decoration to your window pattern. Most popularly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows will not open, as they are intended to add an architectural enhancement to your Woburn 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 is fixed permanently in place.

Sliding Windows — Sometimes described as sliders or gliders, sliding windows open exactly as their name implies; they shift side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those hard-to-reach areas in your Woburn home, such as over the kitchen sink. Sliding windows are frequently used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — For any Woburn homeowners that would like the extra natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the space to allow common wall-installed windows, might ponder 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 — Similar to fixed windows, transoms are typically 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 give the illusion of larger windows by allowing more sunlight in and additional airflow if the windows vent. Transom windows are available in a variety of shapes, including square, rectangular, half-circle, elliptical and more.

Window Wall — As you might assume, a window wall is literally a wall of windows that don’t 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 both exterior or interior walls.

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