New residential windows can improve the look of your home's interior and exterior and also help to insulate the home, cutting down on drafts and trapped humidity. Today's double-glazed windows also able to deflect lots of direct sunlight, also reducing the amount of heat that gets into the home during long, hot summers. When you're shopping for new windows, there are many details you'll want to consider when it comes to the window's style, so note a few of those details here, and this will ensure nothing is overlooked during your selection process.
Note your home's architecture and how windows will fit into that design, inside and out. For example, if there is lots of wood trim in the home, vinyl windows may not coordinate. If the home has very long exterior surfaces, small windows may seem out of place; large picture windows or bay windows may be a better option. If the home has lots of peaks and gables, a transom window above the main window may help to fill in those pointed areas of the home's roof. Note other homes in the same style as your house, and study their window styles; if certain windows seem out of place, or somehow not complementary of the home's architecture, be sure to avoid that same style for your own home!
People typically use different windows in the home for different reasons. For example, you might want a window in the bathroom that you don't necessarily open, but which allows you a full view of the moonlight while you're soaking in the tub. In that case, a stationary window that is very oversized is the best choice.
In the kitchen, you may want windows that bring in lots of light. A garden window, with three sections that jut out from the home, allow for more light than a flat, single-hung window. On the main floor, you may want lots of fresh air, so a casement window that opens fully, with side hinges like a door, will allow for more air than a single-hung window. If you want maximum control over airflow, such as in a sunroom, you might choose louvered windows. These are made with slats, just like louvered blinds, that open and close with the twist of a knob. You can open them fully for maximum fresh air, or open them just slightly, either pointed up or down, to control the airflow into that room