The Pros and Cons of Installing Bigger Windows
Bigger doesn’t always mean better, especially when it comes to your windows. But, sometimes it does!
Here’s how to determine whether investing in bigger windows is the right move for you.
First: Consider the Entire Window Project
From measuring your current windows to determining budgets, to selecting your new windows to ordering, preparation, to installation, replacing your current windows is a big enough project on its own. Opting for larger windows adds new layers, such as permitting and even consulting with an engineer or contractor like Bell Brothers to ensure the structural integrity of where you want to place the windows.
If you’re on a time constraint or tighter budget, opting for replacement windows that match the size of your current windows may be a better option than going bigger.
If your heart is set on bigger windows, however, you’ll definitely want to weigh the pros and cons before making a decision.
The Pros of Installing Bigger Windows
When is bigger better? Let’s take a look at some of the positives of bigger window installation.
Bigger windows mean more light can enter your home, allowing the sun’s rays to provide natural warmth which means energy efficiency! Not to mention the beautiful look of bright, natural light.
If you’ve got a room with a view, bigger windows can help you take full advantage of that view! Bigger windows can give you a better, clearer, unobstructed view of what’s outside, whether it’s the skyline or endless sky.
Contemporary Window Options
If you’ve decided to install bigger windows, you aren’t limited to the type of windows you might be if you only opted for replacement windows. You have several contemporary options to choose from:
- Double-Hung Windows: Popular in modern homes, a double-hung window has two sashes that slide up and down independently of each other. These windows are great for ventilation, so if you love keeping your home filled with fresh air, this type of window might be the best fit for you.
- Casement Windows: This popular window type swings open from a hinge similar to that of a door. A casement window is another great type of window for someone who likes to keep a fresh breeze coming through the home.
- Bay Windows: Also known as bow windows, this type of window creates a small seating area as it protrudes front the wall. This type of window is sought-after in both traditional and contemporary homes and can add ample natural light and a better view of the outside.
- Sliding Windows: A common window type, sliding widows move horizontally along a track.
- Awning Windows – With awning windows, the window is hinged at the top and swings outward from the bottom. If you like to keep the windows open even when it rains, this is a great option as it allows you to keep the windows open without rain pouring heavily inside.
- Picture Windows: These large windows are a popular choice for contemporary homes. However, keep in mind that picture windows are fixed, meaning that they do not open.
- Specialty Windows: Looking for something more whimsical or creative? Specialty windows come in various shapes and sizes, such as circles or triangles.
Cons of Installing Bigger Windows
Sometimes, bigger windows aren’t everything they’re cracked up to be. Let’s take a look at some of the cons of installing larger windows:
Bigger windows means there’s more glass to clean. So, if you’re not one to bust out the glass cleaner and a stepladder, opting to replace your traditionally-sized windows might be the better choice.
The bigger the window, the bigger the view–and that goes for those outside of your home, too. With bigger windows, people can see inside much more easily. If you’re a more private person or you live in an area that’s prone to burglaries, smaller windows might be the way to go.
More glass, more parts and pieces, more to the installation process: bigger windows come with a bigger price tag. If you’re working on a smaller budget, smaller windows will keep you from breaking the bank.
With larger windows, you’re limited to the types of decor and window treatments you can use. Not every window type will be easy (or possible) to hang curtains or blinds on, leaving you to have bare windows.
Get a Fresh Look with New Windows
No matter whether you choose to install bigger, more picturesque windows on your home or you want to replace your existing windows with something more modern, new windows can give your home a fresh aesthetic and even increase the value of your home.
Thinking of new windows? Think Bell Brothers! Contact us and let us know how we can turn your window visions into a reality.