If you’re looking to replace your existing windows and want to make sure that you’re getting the best design and style for your purposes, look no further. These tips will help you select replacements that offer functionality and an aesthetic to match your Midtown property.
Choose a look that matches the architecture of your home or property
There are always exceptions to the rule. Mixing modern window styles with traditional architecture can make an interesting statement. However, if you’d like to keep the vintage charm of your property’s exterior, a window style that matches is a better option. Ideally, a window should contribute to both the interior and exterior aesthetic without clashing in such a way as to draw attention to itself.
Opt for a color that enhances your home's fixed exterior color scheme
The color of your future frames can be used as an accent to highlight other features of your home or property. A frame the same color as your roof or trim, for example, creates a unified appearance. Alternatively, the color of the frames can match or contrast with the color of the building’s paintwork. If you are going to match according to temporary features like paintwork, be sure to select a color that leaves room for future remodels. A classic white frame is always a safe bet in cases like this.
Pick an opening style suited to your uses and environmental factors
If ventilation is your primary concern, a French door or casement window allows for maximum airflow. However, if you live in a windy part of the city, you might need a frame that allows more control over how much air is let in. In such a case, single or double hung windows are a good option. If ventilation is not a concern and you simply wish to capitalize on an incredible view, be sure to select a style that presents an uninterrupted glass surface. Fixed windows will do the job, and if you’d like to maintain ventilation, sliding windows may be a good option for you.
Choose a material based on your needs
Vintage frames are often constructed from wood. If you’re looking to maintain this level of authenticity, wooden frames are a must. But while they conform to the aesthetics of older buildings and offer good insulation, they do require a fair deal of maintenance. If low maintenance is something you’d prefer, vinyl or aluminum may be a better option for you, with vinyl being the better insulator. A frame consisting of thin metal alloy strips is a good option if you’re looking to add a more modern touch to your home or building. These modern frames are durable and don’t require painting.
Select methods of insulation best suited to your home
Good insulation is a must for any home and can drastically reduce energy costs. If you’ve decided on windows with large, uninterrupted panes, a low-e coating is a worthwhile investment. As well as keeping the cold out and blocking excess heat in summer, a low-e coating also filters out harmful UV light that can damage furniture and textiles. Double panes are also an excellent option, and if your home is regularly exposed to bad weather, additional storm windows or weather stripping can be added.