Architectural Styles and Vinyl Windows

When you are thinking about installing vinyl windows in your home, there are a lot of factors that will go into the decision. You’ll need to think of the windows’ functionality, but style is also important. There’s not much that will help you determine the style more than the overall architectural style of your home. Use this guide to determine what type of vinyl windows will look best with your Loomis, CA home’s style.

The Tudor style was based on English traditions, but became popular in the U.S. in 1890. These homes are known for stucco exteriors, steep roofs, and decorative half-timbering. They often have intricate door panels and hardware. When looking for vinyl windows for a Tudor home, consider casement windows with diamond grills. You can have modern features like hand cranks with the old-style appearance.

The Craftsman homes came from the early 20th century Arts & Crafts movement and they look much more handcrafted. They are usually made from stone, wood, brick, or other natural materials on the exterior. The shallow roofline often exposes beams and rafters. They look best with double-hung windows grouped in twos or threes.

Contemporary homes often have floor-to-ceiling windows with large outdoor views. The windows should let in a lot of light, and to reduce cooling requirements, consider a low-e coating on the glass and triple panes for extra efficiency. Any window style can work as long as it lets in a lot of light.

The simple details define a farmhouse style with open floor plans and central chimneys. You might also see a wraparound porch. The front of the house usually has a gable as well. Double-hung windows are ideal for these homes and they should be taller than they are wide. If you like grilles, there are farmhouse styles to consider.

Prairie homes were popularized by Frank Lloyd Wright and are one of the first American architectural styles that weren’t based on styles from other countries. These single-story houses have a central chimney and rows of entry doors and small windows on the front of the house. Casement windows are ideal for Prairie style homes.

You might want to consider some of the following replacement window styles in California.

  • Single-Hung Windows. These windows have two sashes, but only one is operable and opens from the bottom going up.

  • Double-Hung Windows. These windows look just like single-hung windows, but both of their sashes open.

  • Casement Windows. These windows operate on hinges and swing open like a door.

  • Bay and Bow Windows. These windows are often installed on the front of a house in order to get the most from their unique architectural features. Read more.

If you don’t have any of these home styles, there are plenty of other options with the perfect vinyl windows in Loomis, CA to match the style. You can choose based on what your home has now, or consult with the experts at California Craftsman by calling (530) 887-1857. We’re happy to give you an in-home estimate and offer you our advice based on our years of knowledge. We know what looks good in homes and, better yet, we know energy efficiency when it comes to vinyl windows. Stop by our showroom to check out vinyl windows for yourself! We’re located at 4035 Grass Valley Hwy Ste G Auburn, CA 95602 and we’d love to have you any time Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 5. You can also schedule an appointment to come in on Saturday if that is a better time.