Windows are essentially the main fixtures of a house, so it’s not strange that we want them to fit perfectly with the design of our space, providing a harmonious image while being capable of withstanding the passing of the years. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to keep in mind the following aspects when you go searching for windows to place in your home.
First of all, analyze the space you’re working with to determine what type of windows will fit better in it and be more comfortable to use within whichever constraints you find yourself working with. Depending on how they function, they are separated into the categories of casement, single or double-hung, awning, sliding, or, in the case of the more stylistically elaborate designs, bay and picture windows.
Casement windows are those that open outward to either side, and they’re recommended for hard-to-reach areas, like the space above a kitchen sink. Single-hung frames allow you to open the window by pulling up the bottom, while double-hung ones can be opened in either vertical direction; these are often found near patios, decks or porches because of the very small amount of space they occupy. Sliding windows are very similar in these aspects with the exception of being opened by moving one of the panels horizontally. Awning windows are hinged at the top and open outward, which allows for the creation of an air entry that works under the rain (which is why they’re often found placed above other types of window).
Bay windows are made of three panels set in angles that make it project outwards; therefore, you need an appropriately shaped space for them, and consider that it will make more of a statement than the previously mentioned window types because of its size. They’re a favorite for living rooms and kitchen nooks, as they are an excellent source of light and provide a wider viewing angle. Picture windows are, by definition, decorative, as they are fixed in place and can’t be opened, existing as a means to provide lighting and a scenical view.
The next important point is the type of glass you’re going to get. Nowadays things aren’t as simple as just going into the store and assuming you’ll get the proper type of glass installed in your window: there are several options to choose from if you are interested in increasing your house’s general energy efficiency or in using “green” alternatives. You can ask for Low-E windows, which are coated with a protective tint that regulates the type of light that comes into your house (filtering UV rays, for example) or get gas-filled double or even triple-paned windows, which are great insulators from the outside temperatures.
Once you have taken care of these things, namely the space that the structures will occupy, how will they interact with the rest of the room, and how they will affect the level of energy efficiency of your home, you can finally proceed to select and order the particular combination you require to fulfill your specific needs. At Quantum they offer a wide selection of custom windows and doors and glass treatments so that you can create an almost tailor-made window for your home, so if you happen to be in the Toronto area, don’t hesitate to consult with us the installation of new windows in your soon-to-be-refreshed space.