When choosing replacement windows, you need to consider many different factors, like ventilation, security and ease of operation. Of course, you also need to think about aesthetics. Should you choose windows that perfectly match the rest of your home, or is a more eclectic look better?
Do Your Windows Have to Match?
If done right, window replacement can improve your home’s aesthetic and overall value. If done wrong, it can cost you a significant amount to fix. Ultimately, the decision of whether your windows should match comes down to the aesthetic preference of the homeowner. Some prefer a uniform look, while others prefer an aesthetic with more contrast. There’s no right or wrong answer.
If you don’t want your windows to exactly match one another, you can still ensure a cohesive look for your home by choosing windows with a generally consistent style. You can stick with a basic type, grille pattern and trim and play around with the other stylistic components.
Other Tips to Keep in Mind When Replacing Your Windows
When you’re installing replacement windows, there are many things to consider in addition to aesthetics. First, don’t let tradition limit you when choosing windows, and second, choose windows that will improve the comfort of you and your family.
If you live in a traditional style home like a Colonial or Queen Anne, you may think you have to choose a specific window style to preserve your home’s architectural authenticity. While there’s nothing wrong with picking a window that traditionally suits these homes, keep in mind that those window designs were developed in an era when walls weren’t properly insulated, central heating didn’t exist and window glass was no larger than dinner plates. Thanks to technical innovations in recent years, there are many options available today that can preserve your home’s traditional looks while still offering all the advantages of modern technology—from enhanced security to excellent energy efficiency that will help lower your energy bills.
Picture windows can work well in traditional homes. The only downside of picture windows is that they can’t be opened, which can make them inconvenient in areas of the home where you need more ventilation. To ensure your new picture window doesn’t compromise your home’s comfort levels or ventilation, consult with your window contractor about the best location to install it. For instance, you can have picture windows installed away from the street for a better view.
In terms of comfort, consider how you use each room of your home and how each room is oriented with regard to the sun when deciding where to install replacement windows. For example, if you install a window on the eastern or western side of a room, it can accept the very low angle of sunlight during the spring and fall seasons. This can create glare, especially if you’re watching TV or working on your computer in the room.
Fortunately, there are a few ways to get around this dilemma. Apart from installing window treatments like shades or curtains, you can also have your window replacement company set the sill more than four feet off the floor to reduce glare. If you know the direction the prevailing winds blow, you can also have them increase the amount of operable glass in that area to improve passive ventilation and help you rely less on your cooling system.
If you install windows on the southern side of your home, unwanted heat gain could become a problem, as south-facing windows will admit direct sunlight during the afternoons. Luckily, you can get around this by shading the glass with long overhangs so the sun’s high angle won’t penetrate your room deeply. You can also opt for a high-performance glass package with a low-E coating to prevent unwanted heat gain.
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