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Windows are one of the most important elements in home design because unlike doors, these are visible from the outside, and its design and style must not complement the overall architectural design but also enhance it.
The choice of windows can contribute great value to home design, and you must be very careful in selecting windows, whether for new window installation or replacement window. The task is much tough for a replacement window that must blend with the existing architecture and design elements to create a uniform look that generates high appeal.
It all begins by knowing the different styles of windows, followed by the kind of customizations you want. Customization of windows helps to demonstrate your style and taste that bears the distinct marks of individuality.
For example, you might have a penchant for some particular color that you would use all around the home to create a motif that becomes your signature style. To add value and curb appeal to homes, homeowners are keen to take up window replacement projects that ensure a very high return on investment of around 92% -95%.
Moreover, new window designs are more energy efficient and eco-friendly, which is also a reason for enhancing the attraction for replacement windows.
From the style to finish and the choice of glass and grids, there are several options for customizing windows that help to create your own style. In this article, we will discuss various customization options that should help to fuel your creativity in designing windows that bear the marks of your individuality.
Assuming that you have gone through the process of selecting the window design, it is now time to set your eyes on customizing the windows. This is the time when you get an opportunity to use your best creative instincts to create truly unique windows that grab all attention.
Customization of Windows Helps to Showcase Your Creativity, Style, and Taste
Vinyl replacement windows provide an array of options in choosing interior and exterior colors, hardware and glass, and the only limitation is perhaps your ability to imagine. You can create almost any design you like. Now let us look at some of the options for customization.
Most vinyl windows are available in a standard range of colors of six types for the interior that includes four vinyl wood grain options. Eight color options are available for the exterior.
If you are not happy with the standard color offerings and want some special color blend that creates a different hue, talk to the window manufacturer who should be able to match any color swatch to your entire satisfaction. You will be surprised how easy it is to create a color that is just perfect for your color scheme.
These are all high-performance colors with special finishes that last for years and retain the new looks of windows that appear as if installed only a few days ago. Indeed, cleanliness of windows is also a factor to maintain the new looks.
All colors are easy to clean with soap and water, fade resistant, and it’s surface adherence being strong can resist scrapes and scratches.
The Look of Real Wood
Vinyl windows have superior longevity and need very little maintenance while costing much less than wood, but you can create the wood-like looks to match original wood finish perfectly by choosing woodgrain interior.
Real wood is not only costly but also requires much more maintenance to enjoy its long life and retain the good looks, which add to the cost and makes it affordable only for the rich and affluent.
In comparison, Vinyl woodgrain interiors for windows are maintenance free and pocket-friendly, which will neither crack nor splinter like real wood and will not even rot due to exposure to the elements of weather. To make the vinyl woodgrain window shine brightly from the inside, use custom interior wood trim in poplar, oak or cherry.
Some window options are available in prefinished wood interior, and vinyl exteriors that are maintenance free and the combination offers the beauty and warmth of real wood coupled with the weather resistant properties of vinyl. Although it is costly than all vinyl windows, it is still quite affordable.
Choose Your Glass
The choice of glass for replacement windows depends on whether you would like the windows to perform in the same way as it was doing earlier or you want some modification in performance.
The extent of visibility and privacy you want to achieve determines the choice of glass. For those who prefer more privacy, the choice of shaded glass or obscure glass that is mostly translucent or even opaque depending on the level of privacy is a good choice.
The glass allows partial entry of light while maintaining the desired level of privacy. Those who want to be more creative in using glass to enhance the aesthetics of the home can choose custom etched glass that adds beauty and elegance to any window with unique etched patterns.
Energy Efficient Glass
How cool or warm your home depends on the choice of window glass that controls the rate of heat exchange between the indoor and outdoor. It also controls the amount of natural light that enters the home besides controlling the noise level inside homes.
By installing energy efficient glass on windows, you can control all these elements to make your home more energy efficient that lowers the energy use and utility bills, thereby saving cost.
To replicate the looks of a divided glass window at a lesser cost, the idea of using grids work very well. Providing internal grids strengthens the glass, and it is easy to clean as the grid remains sandwiched between the glass panes that provide a smooth glass surface.
Flat, as well as contoured internal grids, are available and you can use any specific type of grid pattern. The internal grids in glass provide a cost-effective alternative to art glass and look beautiful.
Colonial, cottage, and prairie grid options are something that you can try out even though there is a huge range of other decorative options.
Window customization holds the key to enhancement of home aesthetics that display your style and taste.