So, you’re about to embark on a window-replacement project. Congratulations! New windows can make your home more attractive, less drafty, and brighter. Of course, replacement windows are a significant investment that requires careful planning, so as you research your options, you want to keep these important considerations in mind:
Window styles should suit your home’s architecture
To ensure that your windows complement your home, you want styles that will blend easily with its design. If you’re unsure which styles would work, take a drive through your neighborhood or areas nearby. You’ll likely see several fine examples of window styles matching architectural design. For help, you can also follow this handy guide that lists popular home designs and complementary window styles:
- Modern – Window styles that work especially well with this design include floor-to-ceiling, specialty shape, sliding, and casement.
- Ranch – For this home design that features a long, low-pitch roofline, bay or bow windows, casement windows, and double-hung windows are attractive options.
- Craftsman – Traditional double-hung windows add a stately beauty to Craftsman homes, which are defined by their porches, shallow-pitched roofs, and deep overhangs.
- Colonial – Here, you can’t go wrong with the classic double-hung or single-hung, or, for extra character, you can opt for a specialty shape beauty.
Remember, you can enhance some of these window styles, and thus, your home’s appearance, with options such decorative glass or interesting grille patterns.
Focus on the rooms your windows will serve
While the basic functions of any replacement window is to admit light into the home and allow views of your surrounding scenery, not all rooms require the same amount of light, or views, for that matter – bathrooms being a perfect example. Also, you probably want some rooms more ventilated than others. Here’s another simple guideline you can consult to determine which popular window style will best meet your needs:
- Double-hung – This style features sashes that can be raised from the bottom or lowered from the top for easy ventilation.
- Casement – With a wide glass area, slender frames, and side hinges, these windows provide unobstructed views and full ventilation.
- Awning – Hinged on top to open outward and upward for an awning effect, this style offers great weather protection while allowing air to enter your home.
- Slider – Slider windows open from the left or right for great ventilation. Plus, their slim frames and generous glass area provide wide-open views.
Let Dreamstyle Remodeling help
With more than 60,000 successful home improvement projects completed, including countless window replacements, we have the knowledge and expertise to help you choose windows that will blend perfectly with your home’s architecture, suit your needs, and reflect your design aesthetic. We offer a huge selection of energy-efficient windows from the renowned manufacturer Pella®, from awning and casement to sliders and more. Contact us today for more information.