When we renovate old homes, we usually tear down the windows and replace them with a trendier, more modern type. But that can be costly, and if the windows aren’t broken at all, it would be such a waste to dispose of them.
Hence, if you’re about to build your dream home, choose a window type that’s been popular for ages, so your home will never look dated over time. Plus, it’s easier and cheaper to purchase a window that many stores offer.
Besides, when it comes to windows, it’s not the aesthetics that matter the most, but the function. It has to provide superb security, light, air, and energy-efficiency without bleeding you dry. And the best way to make your windows serve all those functions is to cover them with high-quality solar shades.
Solar shades let you control the light passing through your window while maintaining airiness and offering privacy. In turn, onlookers and burglars won’t target your home anymore, since they’d only see your shades shielding your interiors. And of course, the shades can make any window type look fresh and modern.
That said, here are the top window types you should choose for your dream home:
1. Single-sash Windows
Also known as single-hung windows, single-sash windows have two panels arranged vertically. The bottom panel moves up to let air in, while the top panel remains fixed. They’re commonly seen in historic homes, but a number of modern homes have them too since they’re cheaper than their modern counterpart, the double-hung windows.
Because the top panel or sash of single-hung windows are fixed, they may be less prone to air infiltration or leakage. You can also seal the fixed sash with caulk, which you cannot do with a moving sash.
2. Double-hung Windows
Double-hung windows are probably the most popular window type. It has two vertically arranged panels, both of which can be moved upward or downward. Unlike a single-hung window, you can open the upper sash of a double-hung window. This allows for more efficient airflow because the warm air can escape through the upper sash, while the cold air can enter through the lower sash.
You may also find double-hung windows with muntins, which are horizontal and vertical grids that can hold individual small glass panels. But muntins can just be an accessory, not actually hold individual glass panels, but merely create the illusion of doing so.
The only catch in muntin is that inauthentic ones can look cheap. They may also separate from the glass over time, compromising your windows’ energy efficiency.
3. Casement Windows
Casement windows open like a door. They are popular in many European countries and the second most popular type to double-hung windows.
If you live in a hot, tropical region, casement windows are a good choice because they can “scoop” cool air into your home. They’re also a good burglar deterrent since their opening is fairly narrow compared to single-sash and double-hung windows. But don’t choose casement windows if your area frequently experiences hurricanes; they don’t do well with strong winds.
4. Bay Windows
Rather than a type, bay windows are more of a stylish feature, especially in castles during the English Renaissance. In modern homes and mansions, bay windows are adored for allowing plenty of natural light into a space. Many homeowners install or place a bench by it, so they can lounge or read a book while enjoying a nice and bright view.
If you’re planning to have a bay window in your dream home, you can also have your dining room or breakfast nook in that space. Install a chandelier to the ceiling for extra visual interest. In a bathroom, a tub will look perfect nestled in it. But if the space is tight, the classic bay window bench will do.
5. Awning Windows
Awning windows have been around for a long time, but of course, they’re sleeker and made to fit modern homes now. They’re just like casement windows, but they open from the bottom so that they’d appear like an awning.
However, this window type doesn’t “scoop” air as casement windows do, so it may not be suitable for a hot, tropical region. But you can keep it open when it’s raining since the awning keeps the water from entering your home.
6. Palladian Windows
Lastly, if you want a home that marries tradition and innovation, consider Palladian windows. It is characterized by its arched top and two smaller side panels, design features that were also popular in the Renaissance period. In newer homes, Palladian windows can supply plentiful natural light and breeze.
With these window types in your options, your home will never go out of style, and you no longer have to change the windows to accommodate the taste of your buyer should you decide to sell. They’ll retain your home’s value and let you enjoy a bright and airy space.