Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window Experience: Window Design, Part 1
We’ve previously discussed your Replacement Window Frame Material, your Window Glass and the many aspects of the actual Window Installation that need to be addressed. The final pillar supporting your replacement window project success is the Design of the window you select to replace the existing windows in your home.
The window design, or how it looks, is likely one of the first things you evaluate in selecting the windows to go in your home. In this article, we’ll discuss your window’s design from the perspective of its appearance, features, options and functionality.
Where should you start your replacement window selection?
Choice and Selection
There are a number of questions you should ask yourself or your window sales professional when considering the selection your new replacement windows. A few of those questions will include:
- Do the windows come in a number of architectural styles to match your home’s architecture and your personal design taste? You don’t want to be stuck with a particular style just because that’s all they have.
- Does the manufacturer have classic, traditional style windows as well as those to suit more contemporary or modern architecture? A contemporary design is probably not going to complement your 100 year old Colonial and a classically styled double hung windows with Colonial-style grilles will probably look out of place on your contemporary home.
Make sure the company you choose will have a selection of windows to match the architectural style of your home.
Window Frame Thickness
Be sure to compare different window manufacturers’ windows side by side and be sure to note:
- How thick are the window frames? You have windows in your home because you want to let the light in and be able to see outside. Consider the size and thickness of the window frames.
- Some manufacturers use very large bulky frames which block out a lot of your views and natural light. These thick frames can also overwhelm the window’s appearance when the overall window size is small. A thick frame on a small window looks like all frame and little glass.
Renewal by Andersen’s Window Visualizer Tool lets you see how your windows will look on you specific home.
You probably spent a lot of time picking out the colors for the walls, furnishings, window treatments and such for your home. Be sure to ask the same of your replacement window choice.
- How many colors do the windows come in?
- Are you stuck with white? While white is considered by some to be a traditional window frame color, on many homes and architectural styles, they just scream “replacement window”.
You want your windows to blend with your home’s style and look like a natural part of the design and not some afterthought. The only way to do this is to be able to match the color of your window to the color of your home and its particular style.
Your windows don’t have to look the same inside and out. Your windows should match both the inside of your home as well as the outside. Be sure to consider:
- Does your home call for the look of wood windows but you don’t want all the maintenance nightmares an all-wood window requires? Some companies manufacture replacement windows with the look of wood on the inside and maintenance-free exteriors.
- What kind of wood is on the inside? Not all wood “looks” are the same.
- Do the simulated wood windows you’re considering have real, stainable wood interiors or just “pictures” of wood grain faux finishes applied to another substrate? Some manufacturers simply paint wood grain onto the framing materials, others use a kind of stick on foil or plastic to mimic the look of real wood.
- How “real” do any of these gimmicks actually look?
- What are your color and grain choices? These simulated wood interiors are usually offered in a couple of common colors or patterns that the manufacturer can mass produce, but if you have wood moldings throughout the rest of the house, you’ll have to pick a color that’s “close”, but probably not the same color as your existing trim.
The only way to get the real look of real wood that can be stained or painted to match the trim in the rest of your house is to have a real wood interior. Let’s face it, no matter how good a job the faux finish is, it’s still fake; you’ll know it and visitors to your home will likely pick it up at a glance.
Up Next: Replacement Window Hardware & Operation
In our next post in this series, we’ll discuss additional Design considerations including Window Hardware and Operation.
Contact Us for more information
For more information on Renewal by Andersen of Long Island’s design features and options, contact us at 1-877-313-9052 or fill out the short form on this page. We’ll be happy to answer any of your questions or set up an appointment to meet with you in person to show you.