Style, material and size—these are the three things you should remember when getting a window replacement. The style and material of your new windows will mostly depend on your preference as well as your area’s climate. However, finding the right size window is trickier and more technical, which is why Skyline Windows of Richmond has these tips to share.
Bigger Isn’t Always Better
Finding a new window in the same size as your previous one should be easy enough, but what if you want a window replacement in a different size? Should you get a bigger window or settle for a smaller one? It depends on where you’ll install your windows.
The south side of your home receives the largest amount of sunlight during the year, so homeowners living in cold climates should install a large composite window replacement on that side to take full advantage of the heat from the sun. During summer, you can simply close the curtains to keep your interior from becoming too hot. As for safety purposes, windows near the floor should have tempered glass.
Leave Enough Space for Window Accessories
When estimating the size of the opening for your new windows, don’t forget to leave space above the window for accessories, such as curtains and blinds.
Proportion Is Key
The right window size should look proportionate to the rest of your exterior and interior. For instance, average-sized windows will look out of place in a house with high ceilings, which are more suited for tall windows.
Consult Your Area’s Building Codes
Some towns might have restrictions on the size of the windows, so you need to check with your local building department first. For example, egress windows in your basement should be wide to double as an emergency exit. You can also consult a local window contractor—they should be familiar with your area’s local building codes.
Skyline Windows of Richmond has been offering professional window installation services and premium fiberglass window replacement options to homeowners in Virginia since 1987. To request a free estimate, call us at (804) 270-4008 or leave us a message here.