Every home is made up of individual components that give it a unique character – the choice of paint, lighting styles, the proper use of bricks or wood and much more. One of the important components that people fail to consider is the styles of their windows. In addition to letting in light and keeping out the elements, a window adds aesthetic value to the house and increases its appeal.
Different window styles for homes
First, decide whether you want a new construction window or a replacement style. While the cost for each type of window installation varies, each has its purpose and benefits. A new construction window is needed when the homeowner decide to change the structure and size of the window completely. If such a change is not needed, a replacement works fine.
Next, decide on the style of window. The common and basic window styles could be single or double hung, casement, awning, and slider. A single or double hung window opens and closes by sliding each sash up or down. Casement windows open by cranking them out. The frame is hinged at one end and opens with the help of a crank arm. Awning windows are hinged at the top and open from the bottom. Most commonly found in bathrooms and kitchens, these types of windows create an impression of an awning when opened. The last type of window is the slider. It opens by sliding each sash horizontally. Slider windows are very versatile and are less expensive and a good alternative to multiple window configurations.
Choosing the right window frame and sash material is an important decision as well. The materials that are commonly used are wood and vinyl. The maintenance cost of wood is high, making vinyl a more attractive and commonly used choice. However, the class and beauty that wood offers, is unbeatable. Then there is a combination of both, with wood on the inside and vinyl coating on the outside. These windows include both the beauty of wood and low maintenance of vinyl making it a popular choice.
Lastly, decide on the type of glass you want to use for your windows. There are high performance glass choices that include low emissivity and impact resistant features. While the first type reduces the amount of heat flow and cold that penetrates into the house, the second type is tough and durable, and holds up better that standard glass under impact and adverse conditions.
Choosing the right window
There are certain things you need to keep in mind when you are choosing the right window for your home. First, decide the purpose of using a window style in a certain part of the house. Are you going to use it for aesthetics or simply to keep the room bright? Once you have decided, choose the type of window based on the architecture of your house.
Choosing the right color for your window frame is also very important. The color of window frames should complement the overall exterior paint of the house. With a range of colors to choose from, it can be quite confusing to choose the right palette. In such a case, it’s best to seek the advice of a design expert. Windows are an integral part of the architecture and can impact the overall look and appearance of your home. If you already have new or re-designed windows, then you know the importance of having the right one in the right place.