Windows play a critical role in a home. They not only allow for better movement of air inside the home, but also contribute to the home’s curb appeal. Many homeowners fail to realize that high-quality windows are also excellent energy-saving devices. By choosing the right windows for your home, you can reap a wealth of important benefits.
Matching Windows and Home Styles
With the right windows, you’ll be able to transform your home into a head-turner. But just how do you choose the right windows?
The first step: Choose windows that best match your home’s design. Every home has a distinct architectural style. The right windows should not only complement the home’s style, but provide a touch of uniqueness at the same time.
For instance, double-hung windows best match American Farmhouse, Cape Cod, Craftsman Bungalow, Georgian/Federal and French Eclectic architectural home designs. However, if the double-hung style doesn’t appeal to you, you can choose another style like picture or casement windows to create a more unique feel.
It’s also important to consider the functionality of the windows you choose and not rely on aesthetics alone. For example, make sure to install operable windows like double-hung windows in areas of the home that need ventilation, like the kitchen or bathroom. Doing so will help improve air circulation inside the home–opening the window will allow more air to pass through and will help improve indoor air quality.
Picture windows, which are inoperable, work best in areas that have the excellent views. Find out which sides of your home offer the best views and consider installing a picture window in one or two of the most picturesque locations.
Customizing Window Styles: Quick Tips
Another way to select the best windows for your home is to allow for a bit of customization. If you don’t have a lot of experience in architecture or interior design, don’t worry. Customizing window designs isn’t as difficult as you might think. You need only follow a few simple rules to custom-design a window that’ll match your home perfectly.
First, consider the architectural design of the home. For American farmhouse designs, customized window designs that are narrow and have a 2-over-2 grille pattern work well. For Craftsman homes, windows that favor vertical grille patterns look best.
Modern homes will always look great with large-expanse windows, such as picture windows. Keep in mind that picture windows can also be customized. This type of window can be made to wrap around a corner of the home or be divided into several different portions. With a little bit of creativity and focus on the home’s architectural design, you’ll be able to create customized windows that are sure to make your home pop.
Beyond Style: Other Considerations
When choosing the best window for your home, you also need to consider several things other than style. First, make sure that you’re buying windows with high-quality frames and glass. Quality materials will last longer as they’ll be strong enough to withstand daily use, strong winds and heavy rains.
Make sure that you choose windows that are easy to maintain. The easier windows are to maintain, the lower their ownership costs will be. Over time, maintenance costs can add up. You’ll be surprised at how much you can spend on maintenance over the course of a window’s lifetime.
Lastly, make sure that you choose the right contractor to install your windows. Poor installation will result in malfunctioning windows that won’t last as long as you would like them to.
If you don’t know how to find a trusted contractor, start by asking your chosen manufacturer for recommendations. Manufacturers will typically have a list of qualified and trusted installers in your area. If not, then it’s fine to check the local directory or search online, but make sure that you do a background check, too. The contractor must be licensed and have all the necessary permits to operate. If not, you’re better off finding another contractor.
To make the most of your investment, you need to know what to look for in replacement windows. Take the time to learn about the other factors that can affect the success of window replacement as well.
About the Author
Ryan Copple is the general manager of Renewal by Andersen of Oklahoma City. Having been in the industry for over 20 years, he understands the home improvement needs of Renewal by Andersen clients very well. He has always been committed to going the extra mile to take care of customers, making sure they enjoy absolute satisfaction. When not busy with work, he enjoys traveling and fishing.