Double hung and casement windows usually lead the conversation when people start talking about window replacements. That’s not surprising because those windows truly are remarkable, boasting of timeless designs that can suit a range of architectural styles. However, they aren’t the only ideal windows around. If you’re looking for a replacement and want to give your home an upgrade in the process, you should consider getting specialty windows.
To make the most out of getting specialty windows, however, you’re going to have to take into consideration a few things:
Do you want something with sleek curves? Something rounder? Or an irregularly-shaped window profile? Specialty windows come in all shapes and sizes but whatever you choose, do not forget to pick out one that will complement the rest of your home. For instance, angular windows look best in homes with more modern designs while arched ones are ideal for more traditional home styles.
What will your specialty window be made of? Different options have their own strengths and weaknesses, but what really matters is that your material of choice will fit your home’s needs. For example, metal is highly durable but may be prone to rusting when used in humid areas. If moisture is a concern, best to opt for a window material that can withstand constant wetness like composite or vinyl.
How big your specialty window will be can make a difference not just in how much it costs, but how well it can fulfill its purposes as a window. Keep in mind that the larger your window is, the more light it will let in, the bigger the views it can offer and the better the ventilation it can provide. However, smaller windows are easier to maintain. Whether you go for massive- or standard-sized windows, choose what you think you can manage comfortably.
Do you want a specialty window that you can open or close or is a fixed window more than enough for you? Even specialty windows have varying sets of features such as protective coatings, multi-pane glass, gas fills, and locking mechanisms. Need to work with a budget? Remember that the more features a specialty window has, the more expensive it will be.
Where do you want your specialty window to be located? Do you want it in your living room as a centerpiece or do you want to use it as a daylighting tool in a hallway? Feel free to place specialty windows anywhere in your room but you have to factor their size and shape in your target location.
When do you want your windows installed? You may want to hold off on getting a window when bad weather is upon you because it can compromise installation, which will affect the overall performance of a specialty window. Make sure as well that you work with a reputable contractor to guarantee the quality of an installation. Aside from manufacturer warranties, you can also take advantage of contractor warranties if you hire a professional to install your specialty windows.
Todd Wenberg is Southard Corporation/Renewal by Andersen’s Vice President. Specializing in sales management, he knows what their client homeowners are looking for and thus, aside from striving to provide them with products and services of superior quality, he works to share what he learns in the field by writing blog and guest posts.