Wholesale Home Improvements in Denver, has these tips on selecting the right windows for your home. The first thing to think about when choosing replacement windows is the overall style of your home. Windows come in lots of different shapes and sizes. You can get different kinds of glass and grills that will dress up the window’s appearance.
Some styles will fit with your home’s existing architecture. Others may not quite make sense and end up looking a little out of place. For example, a contemporary style home would look fantastic with floor to ceiling windows. Those same windows might seem curious on an older Tudor or Colonial style home.
Choose Colors and Accents for Your Window Frames
You can also decorate the area surrounding your windows. Consider adding interesting accents with decorative window frames. Or, go with simple frames, but painting them the right color can make them pop. Again, keep your home’s architecture in mind as you choose the colors and accents. Done well, this can add that little extra something to your home. Beware, it can also be distracting and detract from the overall look if not done right.
It’s okay if you don’t quite know how to do it. Our window experts can give you tips, advice, and recommendations of what accents will work best when choosing replacement windows.
Consider the Interior
When thinking about your home’s architecture, don’t focus solely on the outside. Windows also are a huge part of the aesthetic of the interior or your home as well. Pick windows that work for the room they are in. For example, for first floor bathrooms, choose a window that lets in light but doesn’t offer an easy line of sight into the room. You want privacy but also don’t want to be in the dark.
Try using windows as a focal point of the room. Interesting shapes or grills added to the window can have a positive effect on how the room looks.
Plus, if you have a magnificent view outside, huge picture windows are a fantastic way to bring the outdoors into your living room or bedroom. Sit back and enjoy that view in climate-controlled comfort.
Consider the Sun’s Position
Take the sun’s positioning into consideration as you choose windows. This applies most when you are first designing a new home but still consider it when choosing replacement windows.
The type and size of window you choose concerning the sun’s position can have a significant effect on your heating and cooling bills. For example, it may not be ideal to place a big sliding window right where the afternoon sun will strike in the summertime.
What Purpose will Your New Windows Serve?
The purpose of windows is most often to let in light. In some cases, they may also serve to let in people, for example, sliding glass doors or elegant French Doors with large windows leading out to a porch or balcony. If you want to let light into an interior space, like a closet or hallway, maybe choose solar tubes or skylights. A traditional window wouldn’t work in this case due to the lack of an exterior wall.
How Should the Windows Operate?
There are various methods for opening a window, including not opening it at all. Windows can slide side-to-side, or up-and-down. They can also swing out from the top, bottom or one of the sides. Or they can swing in instead of out. Your particular needs will depend on your space and how it is situated.
In hard-to-reach places, a crank handle for opening the window may come in handy. Small windows generally don’t make good sliders. You can only open half the window, so if the window is small to begin with, you won’t get much ventilation. However, sliders work great when you don’t have space to swing open the window.
Picture windows (windows that don’t open) are great when you want a view but don’t want to take as much of a hit on your energy efficiency. Windows that open are always less efficient than windows that don’t, so keep that in mind when choosing replacement windows.
If you want windows that open, but are still reasonably energy efficient, choose windows that swing out rather than slide. These are called casement windows. As the wind strikes the window from outside, it pushes the glass against the sash. This tightens the seal and makes it harder for the cold air to get in.
What Are Your Ventilation Needs?
Also, consider how much fresh air you want circulating through the home. Lots of fresh air sounds nice until you stop to think about the energy efficiency ramifications.
This also has to do with how your windows operate and their placement. If the wind always comes from a specific direction and you want to block it, consider picture or casement windows on that side. If you’re going to let air in, however, big sliders may be a better choice.
Most homes end up with a combination. They may have some picture windows, and others that open to let in the fresh air as needed. What you choose all depends on the style of your home, ventilation, and energy efficiency needs.
We hope these tips for choosing replacement windows has given you a good starting point. If you still have questions, feel free to contact us here at Wholesale Home Improvements. Our friendly team of experts can help with everything from design questions to picking out the right brand of windows to correct installation. With almost 25 years of experience installing windows and working on other home improvement projects around Denver, we’ve built our business on customer satisfaction. We look forward to being a part of your next home improvement project.