- Choose windows and door that reflect your home’s architectural style
All homes have an architectural design style that makes them unique and choosing windows that match this design aesthetic is the first step in choosing the right windows. Whether you have a modern and contemporary home that features floor to ceiling glass windows and doors or you have a traditional Tudor style home with classic diamond-shaped features. Adhere to your home’s architectural style for guidance.
- Decide what purpose your windows will serve
While the basic function of windows are to let in light they can also serve as a doorway – as in a sliding glass window door for access to a porch for example or they can be fixed and ornamental just for aesthetics. Consider which rooms your windows will serve and if view is essential or is light into a dark space more essential as in a utility or pantry space. Consider using solar tubes or light boxes that extend from the roof or a side wall to let light into dark spaces if a window is not feasible.
- Colourful window frames :
Depending on the colour and style of architecture of your home you may opt for frames that lend colour to the exterior of your home. Whether you have wood or metal frames, look to window manufacturers that offer factory colours already infused into the frame material. If you decide to give your exterior home a makeover and paint your frames, ask a paint professional the best exterior paint to use for your application.Choosing an outdoor colour palette can often be a challenge. Look to the outdoors and neighbouring homes to get a sense of what existing colours are present. Choose a trim colour for your home, and consider using the same colour on your window frames.
- Selecting the right window for the amount of ventilation needed
One of the most essential purposes of a window is to let ventilation and movement of fresh air in and out of your rooms. Deciding which type of window suits your needs will help determine the type of window. Many rooms have operable windows, which mean they can be opened or closed as needed. Fixed windows cannot be opened and are used in rooms that large expansive windows are small windows are used. Generally most homes have a combination of both types.
- Choosing windows that appeal to your interiors
While the exterior aesthetic of your windows are important, remember how the window functions and appeals to your interiors can create an experience inside your home. Look to windows that will let in light, provide a panoramic view of the garden etc. In public spaces, decide if the view warrants large picture windows that let in maximum light and view or if the function of the room warrants different sized and shaped windows.
- Determine the orientation of the sun before choosing windows
If you are designing your home with the assistance of an architect or contractor consider how your home sits in relation to the sun rising and setting. Depending on where you live geographically can create too much late day sun in your family room when watching television or unwelcomed rising sun in your bedroom. This practice will help ensure your home also doesn’t heat and cool unnaturally during the seasons that cost higher utility bills.
- Different operable windows for your unique application
Many homes utilise the classic sash window – which means the moveable portion of the window can either move up or down or left to right. Double hung windows move up and down and horizontal sliders move horizontally. Awning windows are popular in apartments and older homes and they are top or bottom hinged to allow the window to open at an angle. Hopper windows that are hinged at the bottom are used mainly over doorways or windows and should be protected by an exterior eave to shield from the elements.
- Use your windows as the focal point of your interiors
If you have a garden or picturesque views to take advantage of, or the architecture of your home is unique, use window styles, shapes, colours, and details to play up your interiors. Bay windows that are multiple pieces of glass placed together to form more floor space inside the home and are ideal in bathrooms, kitchens and sitting nooks.