Windows play a huge role in both the aesthetics and the functionality of your home. With the wrong window style, you can end up with a less attractive home, or at least a room that lacks energy efficiency, lighting, or ventilation.
Some windows look better than others, but that largely depends on the application. There are simply some windows that make a room look and feel better than others.
Find out in this second installment of our two-part blog post, about the different popular window types, Woodbridge Home Exteriors details the replacement windows you should consider for every particular room in your home.
The most popular window type in the U.S. is also the champion when it comes to flexibility in terms of application. Double-hung windows are the best choice if you want one type of window for just about every room that counts, from your living room to your bedrooms. With sashes that slide up or down, these windows allow you to let cool air in and hot air out at the same time. They’re also great if you want to install a removable air conditioner on hot days.
The kitchen is a popular focal point in any home. It should exude that lived-in charm while also featuring the highest degree of functionality. A poorly designed window will make food preps and cooking more difficult and frustrating than they should be. Windows installed in a kitchen should focus on two functions: lighting and ventilation. A casement window is a popular option, but double-hung and sliding windows are also great choices. One way to maximize your kitchen window is to use one or an entire line of windows as a splashback behind the sink. For this purpose, awning windows, sliding windows and casement windows excel.
In many homes, the kitchen is almost inseparable from the dining room. Sometimes, both belong in one room, especially in smaller homes. For the dining area, the windows that work for kitchens are also advisable, but the bay or bow window is especially favorable. Bay and bow windows have one major characteristic in common: the protruding design. This means you gain extra floor area, which you can use to extend your dining table, breakfast bar, or storage area — perfect for dining areas.
Bedrooms need plenty of light and ventilation too. In a home with double-hung windows, it’s unlikely that the bedrooms will have — or need — different window styles. Double-hung windows are all the window you need. However, if you want your design to be different, try at least one large bay window for every room. The window will give you a small nook for reading, watching TV, or admiring the view. Casement windows that look almost as big as French doors are also an attractive option if your bedroom is facing your garden or a hillside.
The bathroom is a bit harder to choose a window for. First of all, you want tons of light, but you also need privacy. You can simply use a double-hung window for this area or a casement window, but where you position them is the challenge. In case you’re lucky enough to have a bathroom facing a forest or a similar view where people are not likely to walk by, you won’t have a problem positioning a large window by the tub. You can even use a bay window for that extra tub space. If you need privacy, choose blinds or drapes that let in light but block the view. Another option: use specialty windows that let in light (positioned high on the wall) like sidelights, polygons and glass blocks.
We are ready to help you decide on the new windows that work for any room in your home. Call Woodbridge Home Exteriors today at (972) 217-7585 in Texas, (405) 252-1548 in Oklahoma, or (316) 226-8011 in Kansas. We can visit you in Lubbock, Forth Worth, or in Wichita, KS.