Specialty windows are great because they fill a niche that most other regular window styles can’t. Taking on a range of shapes and sizes (many of which are still fairly customizable), it’s often difficult for most people to find use for them. But that’s because specialty windows are intended to fit certain areas of individual homes perfectly. Renewal by Andersen® of Kansas is looking at popular residential styles in the area and the specialty options that match them.
The Queen Anne
This is a truly classic American style that was popular at the turn of the century. It was unique because of the inclusion of a tower that was prominent in its design. In most tower designs, Hutchinson windows with a rounded top have always been very popular. These are constructed with a regular window like a casement or double-hung unit as the base. This is then topped with a chord or Circle Top™. Both feature variations on the sunburst grille pattern, with the chord slightly flat.
With its wide, extended porches and often front-facing open gable roof, this style was just as popular right before the Civil War broke out. It’s at the tip of the topmost ridge where a specialty window fits in rather well. In this case, you can go for either a triangle roof that often sports a colonial grille pattern or even a peak pentagon roof with a prairie grille. Either one takes advantage of the odd angles formed by the top ridge.
The Other Shapes
Apart from these very popular options, there are a range of other specialty styles that might not seem to fit a particular architectural design but give everyone the opportunity to be a little more creative in their choices. Included here are our polygonal windows (e.g., pentagon, trapezoid, hexagon, octagon), which make a good fit for the attic or other areas that feature sharp corners in their roofing. Others like the Springline™ or the equal leg arch are alternatives for more common styles like casement and double hung.
If any of these ideas pique your interest, then specialty Manhattan windows might be exactly what you need. If you have any questions or need help in choosing the specialty window that fits your home, contact us today. We’ll be more than happy to help.