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Window Trends in the Northeast

5/18/2015 3:00:18 PM

The Northeastern US is the oldest region in the country. With Ellis Island acting as the country’s front door to immigrants, the region has seen tremendous variety in style and influence from other parts of the world. Everything from Greek Revival to Stick to Colonial style have had their heyday in this region.

Whether you have a historically accurate home or not, you may wish to choose replacement windows that reflect one style or another. Here’s a guide to help you choose the right windows for your Northeastern home.

Popular Northeast Window Types

Double-hung: As one of the original types of operable windows, double-hung windows are certainly appropriate for Colonial and Cape Cod style homes in the Northeast. The vertical sliding nature of double-hung windows reduces the need for maintenance. Also, the ability to open the upper sash and leave the bottom sash closed increases security and safety.

Casement: This ever-popular option is appropriate if you’re looking for something with a larger view than double-hung windows can offer. Casement windows pivot outward on side-mounted hinges. They’re great for hard-to-reach places, provided there’s enough clearance on the outside for the windows to operate.

Awning: Similar to casement windows, awnings also swing outward, but their hinges are located on the top of the window. They’re ideally placed above countertops and sinks because the crank handle makes them easier to operate than sliding double-hung windows.

Common Northeast Window Shapes and Trends

Palladian windows: Introduced as a high-style elaboration in the late 1770s, Palladian windows remain popular today. They are comprised of a large arched window flanked by two narrower windows. The most logical place to install a Palladian window is as a focal point on the front of your home.

Bay and oriel windows: Bay windows are a set of three windows, usually a picture window flanked by two casement windows, which protrude beyond the foundation for architectural interest. Oriel windows are essentially second story bay windows. They allow for a more picturesque view from a room on the upper floor.

Tall, narrow, arched windows: This style is predominantly found in Italianate homes. The arch adds visual interest and several windows lined up together allow more natural light to enter.

Window tracery: Most commonly found in Gothic Revival homes of the Northeast, window tracery is purely decorative. It involves using metal ribs to create an artistic relief on a window pane. It’s similar to window leading, which can be considered a decorative element itself or used to separate panes of stained glass.

Muntins: Historically, glass has been difficult to manufacturer in large sheets. That’s why the concept of muntins was invented. These strips of wood held individual panes in place within a larger window frame. Many Northeastern homes’ windows continue the traditional look by inserting plastic or metal strips between double-glazed windows.

If these ideas inspire you Weather Shield has numerous dealers in the Northeast to help you pick the best windows for your home. Find a dealer near you to get started today.

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