How to Make Specialty Windows Work For Your Home
Are you getting tired of the same ol’ double-hung and casement windows on your home? While these types of windows have proven to be excellent window options for hundreds of years, you may want something different and a bit more special for your home this time around. After all, how your home looks is an expression of your personality.
If you want windows that fit your unique kind of style, then specialty windows are your best option. These custom-shaped windows are available in all sizes, so it’s almost impossible to find the same windows on a different home – now that’s truly one of a kind! Of course, specialty windows shouldn’t just stand out; they should work well with the other features of your home.
- Theme is everything
Does your home have a traditional style, a rustic vibe, or a more contemporary visual theme? Specialty windows look great on their own, but they’re much better looking if they follow your home’s overall theme. You may want a nice, sleek-looking window, but that may not work well in a Victorian-styled home that demands something fancier. It would, however, look PERFECT on a minimalist or modern-themed home.
- Size does matter
How big will your specialty window be? Bigger usually means more expensive, but that also translates to better lighting, ventilation, and more expansive views. On the other hand, small- or medium-sized windows require less maintenance, and can be just good enough for areas where space is limited.
- Pick your material
Because different materials have their own strengths and weaknesses, it’s important to factor in what your specialty window is going to be made of. You can go for a metal-framed window, but if there’s too much humidity or rain, a water-resistant alternative like Fibrex® or vinyl might be better for your home.
- Find the right features
Specialty windows can have different features. Do you need windows that can be opened and closed, or will a fixed version be good enough? Do you need low-E coating or double-paned glass to improve energy efficiency? What about the locking mechanism? The right combination of features depends on where your window will be located and how big you want it to be, but remember that more features will mean a higher initial cost (fortunately, they’re usually worth the cost).
- Location, location, location
Will your specialty window be in the living room or somewhere in the kitchen? Depending on its location, a specialty window can either serve as a centerpiece or simply as a complement to other windows. The size and features of the window will rely greatly on the specialty window’s location.
Don’t even think about installing your specialty windows on your own. DIY may seem less costly, but your lack of skill and knowledge can lead to poor installation or, worse, may void your warranty altogether. It’s much better to get help from a reputable window expert and have them put up your windows for you.
About the Author:
Joe Ronzino has been in the home improvement business since the 70s, and is currently President of Renewal by Andersen of Long Island. He knows what makes the best windows for homes and commercial buildings, and frequently shares his insights through his blog.