Several window styles can be especially ideal for kitchens, from double-hung windows to sliding windows. But with so many to choose from, it can be difficult to determine what’s best for your space. Fortunately, this won’t be a problem when you work with a trusted window contractor who not only offers a wide range of window styles, but also ensures exceptional workmanship.
Getting the Right Kitchen Window
Your kitchen is more than just a place to prepare and cook meals. It has also become a hub for socializing with friends and family as well as entertaining guests. If you are planning to upgrade the space, you’ll want to ensure that the fixtures, features and layout blend well together for increased comfort and convenience.
If upgrading your windows will be a part of the remodeling process, make sure you take these aspects into consideration when choosing the right window fixture to incorporate into the space:
- Visual Appeal
Although you should prioritize practical features and functions, that doesn’t mean ignoring aesthetics altogether. Your new kitchen windows should not only look good on the outside, but on the inside as well to ensure that it blends well with the rest of your kitchen’s interior design. Make sure to get a window style that matches the kitchen walls and fits with the rest of the interiors.
No matter how busy your kitchen gets, you’ll always need a window that’s easy to open for instant ventilation. Choose windows that offer ease of use as well as safety and security. They should also offer better control so that you can leave them open for the smoke or steam to escape whenever you’re using the kitchen.
Even if you just want cool, fresh air to naturally ventilate your kitchen, your new windows should be simple to operate. If you’re looking for ease of use and operability, double-hung and casement windows are good choices that are worth considering for your remodeling project!
- Durability and Reliability
As a homeowner, your windows may sustain damage when severe weather passes through your area. However, you can still invest in better durability if it means your new windows stay effective throughout their serviceable lifespan. You’ll find that several windows are made from different frame materials that offer benefits and drawbacks, so you should take a closer look if you’re finding what’s most ideal for your new kitchen.
Some of the most popular window frame materials include vinyl, aluminum and composites. Wood is still a good choice – if you can afford the high upkeep – despite being more expensive than other materials. Vinyl is cheaper and more durable than wood, but it can be unreliable during the winter months; these windows may even get brittle under extremely low temperatures.
If you’re looking for the best material in terms of durability and reliability for your kitchen, our Fibrex® windows come highly recommended. Our frames are a blend of 40% reclaimed wood fiber by weight and around 60% thermoplastic polymer, so you get a material that’s twice as strong as vinyl and won’t easily break under different types of weather. So, whether you need custom-made or standard-sized double-hung windows for your kitchen, you won’t go wrong with Fibrex!
- Energy Efficiency
Like any other quality window, you should consider the energy rating when browsing for a kitchen window. After all, this can help improve indoor temperatures and keep your kitchen naturally cool for longer. Make sure to look for the ENERGY STAR® logo on windows you’re keen on buying and check their ratings if they meet your preferences for your new kitchen!
Residential windows are relatively easy to clean and maintain as long as this is done regularly. However, it can also be beneficial for your kitchen if you invest in windows that don’t need a lot of maintenance in the first place! Consider investing in windows that are made with Fibrex as they won’t need constant maintenance and are easy to keep clean.
Popular Window Types Used in Kitchens
Window contractors like Renewal by Andersen® of Cincinnati recommend the following window styles for kitchen spaces:
- Double-Hung Windows
Besides casement windows, these are one of the most popular styles used in a wide variety of homes. Easy to operate, they can be opened from the top or the bottom as little or as much as you want, giving you control of the air circulation you want in your kitchen. They’re also secure for children as some models can come with two sets of safety latches on each side that prevent them from being opened too wide. Two of their sashes can be opened simultaneously for natural ventilation – one opening lets fresh air in while the other opening allows stale indoor air to escape outdoors.
- Bay Windows
These windows are designed and built to extend past the façade of your home exterior. Consider this for your kitchen if you want additional space with glass panes on all sides, which is ideal to put house plants on display or grow herbs with the aid of sunlight. They make your kitchen look bigger while also offering a wider view of your surrounding landscape. You even get more natural light into the space so you won’t have to rely on using artificial lighting during the day.
- Sliding Windows
These are similar to double-hung windows, except that the sashes move sideways. They also provide greater control and ease of use – a gentle push or tug is enough to open and close the sashes, which is why they’re typically installed above kitchen sinks and counters. And since they are easy to operate, cleaning and maintenance become easier and more efficient.
Trust Us for Your Window Replacement Needs
Contrary to what other window companies would have you believe, a window installation project should only be done every 15 to 20 years or so. If this is your first time investing in this significant home improvement, allow us to introduce you to the last windows you’ll ever need. For the best in replacement windows and exceptional workmanship you come to expect from a reputable window installer, don’t settle for less than Renewal by Andersen.
Call Renewal by Andersen of Cincinnati at (513) 283-8996, or fill out our convenient contact form to schedule a FREE in-home consultation. We serve homeowners in Cincinnati and West Chester, OH.