We’ve all been there before: You look around your house and think, “Is this it?” Or maybe you’ve been finding that your house isn’t exactly that livable.
Sure it has everything that modern living requires, but somehow, you can’t breathe. So ask yourself: does my house have the proper ventilation? Do I have the proper windows?
Remodeling your home can prove quite a challenge. Fitting it with the proper windows is crucial to making your house a healthy space to dwell in. That’s why if you find that its ventilation could be bettered, you need to secure the proper materials and design for all its openings. Enlisting the services of an architect and a contractor would be helpful to the cause.
With the growing climate and environmental concerns, sustainability should also be a primary consideration. As such, the type of material you will be using for your windows plays a crucial role. Here are some of the materials you should look into:
Not only is it a common choice, but altogether a good one when you have energy efficiency in mind. Aesthetics is also in the cards when you opt for wood to build your windows. If you are resolved with the material, you will have to ensure that you buy wood approved by the U.S. Forest Stewardship Council. You can be certain that wood that underwent its scrutiny and certification is sustainable.
Durable and recyclable, aluminum is considered an eco-friendly material. Despite using and reusing it numerous times, its value and quality will not degrade. Recent data stipulates that 75% of the aluminum produced since the beginning is still being used today.
Fiberglass is made from glass particles bound by resin. Comprised of sand which the planet is abundant, fiberglass is not only strong but wholly energy-efficient.
4. Insulated Glass
Insulated glass is friendly to the environment as it does not retain or lose much heat.
Insulated glass has a unique coating outside and is filled with gas or air that helps in reducing our carbon footprint.
For heightened effectiveness, choose to fill it with argon gas as it prevents heat transfer.
Composite window frames are considered the most sustainable ones. These are from wood shavings and recycled plastic.
The materials discussed in the segment above require you to spend. But then, when you’re remodeling it is already a given. You need to pick out what you think suits your needs and decide accordingly.
So while you’re still aligning your budget and looking for the right people for the job, here are the best windows you might want to look into for your remodeling project.
1. Arched Windows
If an aesthetic architectural design is what you’re after, arched windows may just be what you need. While most of these types of windows do not have the functionality of opening or closing, they are good at providing ventilation. They also work well with rectangular and square window panes.
2. Awning Windows
Probably the most modern-looking of all the windows in this list, awning windows are good for rain-ridden regions. Seen as windows for water management, the way these open allows for smart and easy deflection of rain. Apart from being affordable compared to other window types, awning windows are also more convenient to clean.
3. Bay Windows
Bay windows make a tight space look more spacious as it offers an expansive view of the outside. They are highly aesthetic and allow for an additional seating area in front of it if you are so inclined.
4. Casement Window
While they share the same modern look with awning windows, casement windows swing to the side and up. Much of it is glass, which provides homeowners with more view and natural light to come in.
5. Garden Windows
Yet another protruding window, garden windows create another space in your home that allow more creative interior design. But regarding the view, it can be likened more to awning and casement windows as it usually comes in solid glass. With that in the picture, generous light could come through it that would breathe life into the home.
If none of these windows meet your home’s needs, you may always opt to have them customized.
For example, if you want to liven up your room and create an illusion of space, try getting large windows the size of a door. These can come as solid glass or fiberglass framed with aluminum. You can even have it like a sliding window for ease of access. These windows may be placed beside each other for a more expansive look.
Our homes are reflections of who we are and our current mindsets. That said, it would serve us well if we are to bless them with windows that invigorate our space. With the right window to fit your home’s architecture, making your home a place of personal sanctuary and identity could easily be achieved.
So go ahead and take your pick to start seeing the changes that you want to happen.
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