From classic double-hung windows to cozy bay and bow windows, replacement windows come in all shapes and sizes. Each of these styles have their own sets of pros and cons and can be of great use in many different rooms in your home. Understanding where one window shines and where another falters is essential when shopping around for replacement windows.
Matching the style of windows to a room can be challenging because of the sheer number of options available. While there are no hard and fast rules dictating which styles of windows can be used in any one room, our experts at Renewal by Andersen® of Kansas City recommend sticking to the following guidelines to maximize the benefits of your choice.
Living Room Windows
Living rooms are designed to be warm and inviting. The windows that work best need large glass areas to allow plenty of natural light inside. The best options for this use are sliding windows or bay windows. Picture windows can be used as well but their lack of operability might discourage some homeowners who want to utilize cross ventilation to cool their indoors.
Kitchens are much more forgiving for window choices than any other room. Casement windows and double-hungs are the traditional go-to styles, but the extra floor space of a large bay or bow window can make for a cozy breakfast nook as well.
Choosing residential windows for a bathroom must be a balance between natural light and privacy. In this case, frosted glazing can be used to satisfy both requirements. Small picture windows work best here as long as they are framed with moisture-resistant materials like Fibrex®.
On the other hand, avoid picture windows for bedrooms at all costs. Their inability to open and close can be a fire hazard. In fact, most local codes require bedroom windows to double as egress windows as well. Sliding, double-hungs and casement windows are the best choices for a bedroom.
At Renewal by Andersen® of Kansas City, our professionals can help you find the best window solutions for your home. Give us a call at (913) 385-1300 or fill out our contact form to schedule a no-obligation consultation and request a free estimate today. We serve homeowners in Olathe and Independence, MO, and all neighboring communities.