Windows are an integral part of every home design, and although they probably aren't something you think about every day, it's a good idea to consider whether you have the best windows available or if a replacement may serve your needs better. The fact of the matter is, there are so many styles and designs of windows and specialized features with modern windows it can be confusing as to what might work best for any situation. The bottom line is to find a balance between your goals of cosmetic appeal and practical function to determine if you want to install new windows and what style you prefer.

Antique Windows

Antique windows always add a particular style and class to a home with timeless beauty. Although modern windows are built better and provide more useful features, many people have a perception that older is better. Unless older windows are being kept for their historic value, new windows are always going to provide better insulation and lower power bills along with opening and closing easier, and often have security and convenience features as well. The good news is that new windows can be built to resemble antiques for people who truly appreciate the look of an older house.

Modern Design and Cosmetic Appeal

Modern design styles can add a clean sleek appeal to a house without accumulated layers of paint and subtle line contours. Security measures mean the windows can't be opened from outside and convenience features allow them to tilt inside for ease of cleaning. Vinyl and metal construction doesn't expand and contract with the weather as much as wood, meaning they open and close smoothly. Engineered internal cable and spring systems assure the window stays open or shut, or partially open, without having to to prop it up with a brace.

Technology Inspired Functional Windows

Some modern windows are designed to provide a specific feature or function according to your needs. Block windows allow sunlight in yet provide privacy, they typically work really well in the bathroom but are in some cases a legitimate solution for a bedroom or office, especially in a neighborhood in which the houses are exceptionally close together. Egress windows provide the safety of an emergency exit typically associated with a basement but can be useful in a bonus room or child's bedroom according to the home's floor plan. Bay windows are always a nice feature which allows plenty of light in while providing an exceptional view of the outdoors.

Balancing Form and Function

Ultimately, your contractor can give you ideas as to what windows might work best based on his experience with other people in similar situations, but it's up to you to determine what your priorities are. Whether you prefer form over function, like an eclectic design which mixes and matches different window styles according to how the interior is used, or whether you like the formal exterior view of matching windows are all considerations toward your final choice.

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