Many of us on Long Island ignore the windows in our homes. Sure, we let the sunshine illuminate our homes with health-giving light and perhaps raise the sash for a cool breeze on a moderate night to help us get a more restful sleep. But, in reality, most of the time we don’t think about our windows unless they won’t open, are dirty or we have a problem that needs attention.
At Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, we think about replacement windows and patio doors all the time. Because we want you to get the most from your investment today, tomorrow and for many years to come, we’re always trying to find new opportunities to make these oft-ignored home fixtures more beautiful and more functional. Our parent company, the Andersen Corporation, works closely with scientists and industry specialists to explore innovative manufacturing techniques and construction materials that improve energy-efficiency and performance.
Building a better replacement window for Long Islanders doesn’t have to mean only focusing on performance and longevity, although those are important considerations. Custom-built windows allow homeowners to add a touch of elegance, whimsy or sophistication to their curb appeal and reflect their home’s character and their own personality. Non-traditional configurations and window style combinations give you opportunities to design windows that add visual interest and enhance the overall appearance of your home.
One Window, Many Visual Outcomes
Take bow and bay windows as an example. Most people have probably seen bay and bow windows, but while they are similar, each configuration has distinct features. Small bay windows may resemble little glass boxes. The sharp lines and crisp angles present a somewhat boxy appearance. Typically these windows are built with three separate units constructed with a wider front panel attached to narrower side units. However, simply changing the angle width from 45 degrees to 30 degrees can dramatically impact the overall appearance.
Bow window configurations are similar to bay windows in that they offer opportunities to create more interior floor space or additional seating without investing in a major construction project. Unlike bay windows, bows are curved, and not sharp and angular. A five, six or seven panel configuration creates a stunning focal point with a gently curved presentation.
Flexibility to Build Your Vision
Both bay and bow windows give you virtually unlimited design options to help you achieve your decorating goals. Each section can be embellished with custom or standard grille patterns or left unadorned to provide an expanded viewing area. You may opt to use all fixed windows or mix and match styles to increase ventilation opportunities and visual texture. Perhaps you envision a row of awning windows or a transom mulled above a front-facing picture window, or you want a sliding patio door installed to give you another entry way. The point is, you don’t have to settle for something traditional if you want to design a truly unique feature for your home.
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Designing windows for your Long Island home is sort of like baking a cake. You need to blend the right combination of individual ingredients to get the taste and texture you want. Too much baking powder and your cake will rise quickly, but fall flat when removed from the oven. Not enough leavening and you’ll have a flat cake that doesn’t look or taste good. So, while you can combine any window styles, you want to carefully consider what the finished product will look like and how well the combination will perform together – otherwise, you may end up with a bad taste in your mouth.
Here’s another example. Casement windows are superior “breeze catchers,” the side-hinged design allows you to open your windows wide to literally draw in a breeze. And, you can build very small and very large casement windows for very different effects. Some configurations allow you to open from the left or right side, and you may be able to configure your casement windows to open inward or swing out. Positioning two casement windows side-by-side gives you a wider opening, if hinged on opposite sides. Sometimes this is a better option than building a single, over-sized unit and makes cleaning easier. Another consideration is how this style will influence your home décor and architectural features. If you install a casement window too close to walkways or building features that jut out, you may not be able to fully open your windows.
Every ingredient in a cake recipe has a specific role, eggs add fluffiness and texture, flour is generally the main ingredient, spices add flavor, liquid helps incorporate individual ingredients. A recipe for building perfect replacement windows means you start with the main ingredient (the style) and gradually add the other items like spices (colors and accessories), grilles (the icing or filling between the layers), liquid (frames and trim that keep your window together), etc.
Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Can Help You Find Creative Configurations to Realize Your Replacement Window Decorating Visions
We understand our customers want high-performance replacement windows and patio doors that look beautiful and add value to their homes. If you need help deciding which windows are best for your home, simply fill in the short form on this page and let us know the best time to call you back. If you’re ready to get started now, call us toll free at 1-877-313-9052 to schedule an in-home consultation.