There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach for home improvement projects. For instance, in the case of window replacement projects, each room has a specific function and, therefore, needs a specific type of window. There are, however, steps to be followed when choosing a window.
Identify Your Home’s Architectural Style
First off, you need to pick a design style that will complement your home’s architectural style. To help you get started, here’s a quick overview of the most common window styles:
- Casement windows – Casement window panels are hinged and swing open forward like a door. This window style is popular across Europe and is a common feature in European architectural styles.
- Bay windows – Bay windows, which have four window panes, let in more natural light than an ordinary window and can increase the square footage of your home. Bay windows were first used in castles during the English Renaissance, but have since become a common feature in mansions and even in more modest homes. Bay windows would also make a great addition to homes in the southeast as they’ll allow you to take full advantage of the ample sunlight the state receives all year round.
- Slider windows – Easy-to-open slider windows are a popular feature in mid-century modern architectural styles. This window style is a bit dated for some homeowners, but slider windows aren’t valued for their aesthetic appeal. Rather, functionality, namely their ease of operation, is their main appeal.
Keep in mind that this overview only elaborates on the origins of window styles as well as the architectural styles with which they’re usually associated. A single architectural style can be paired with several window styles. Identifying which ones can help you narrow down your choices for a window replacement.
Can You Mix and Match Window Styles?
Of course, you don’t always need to strictly follow a particular aesthetic – there’s always a bit of wiggle room design-wise. However, mixing and matching window styles can be tricky, which is why it’s best to consult a window contractor.
Choose a Window Finish
Choosing a finish for replacement doors or windows isn’t as straightforward as picking a window style. In terms of aesthetics, wood is the best-looking finish for doors and windows. However, if you’re looking for the most durable option on the market, pick a fiberglass finish. Ultimately, it depends on your preference.
Pick a Color for Your Windows
The same goes for choosing window colors, although you’ll need to make sure they don’t clash with the rest of your exterior or your neighbor’s houses.
Determine the Windows’ Primary Function
After finalizing the aesthetic for your new windows and making a shortlist of possible suitable window styles, the next step would be to determine their function. This is the part where you need to take into account each room’s function. Listed below is an overview of what certain rooms need:
- Living rooms – Communal areas like living rooms need ample lighting and adequate ventilation since this is where you’ll be entertaining guests.
Our recommendation: Bay and casement windows, which can improve natural lighting and ventilation, would be great additions to any living room.
- Kitchen – Kitchen windows should provide adequate ventilation to prevent steam and cooking smells from lingering in your kitchen.
Our recommendation: While casement windows provide plenty of ventilation, sliding windows are easier to open and, therefore, would be a better choice.
- Bathroom – Bathrooms should have adequate ventilation to make sure they don’t become a breeding ground for mold. Natural lighting can also help you relax better, but to maintain your privacy, you can install window treatments.
Our recommendation: There are several windows that can provide adequate ventilation and lighting. However, it’d be best to install windows made of moisture-resistant vinyl.
Still having trouble choosing a window?
Renewal by Andersen® of Nashville offers a wide variety of premium replacement doors and windows. To schedule a free in-home consultation with one of our design experts, call us at (615) 238-9463, or fill out our form here. We serve homeowners in Clarksville, TN, as well as the surrounding communities.