If you’re planning to have your windows replaced, then you have a lot of decisions to make. But beyond choosing the perfect glass and frame materials, there are a few different features you may want to consider adding to your windows. Some of these features can take a window from beautiful to stunning, and others improve their utility. Here are some of the top features to consider for your Cincinnati home window replacement project.
High Transparency Insect Screens
While regular insect screens do a good job of keeping insects out of your home, high transparency screens are a more specialized option to consider for your Cincinnati home. These screens are framed in a veneered material that blends right in with your window frame. TruScreen® Insect Screens from Renewal by Andersen offer 50% more clarify that standard insect screens, so they don’t detract from the bright sunshine that streams into your home.
If you have a bay window, a bow window, or a large picture window, consider having a window seat installed along the base of it. This way, you can lounge in the seat and enjoy the view out the window as you read or relax. Choose from an array of window seat color options, like Sandstone Avonite, Black Lava Avonite, and Real Birch. A seat that matches your home decor really sets your window apart.
You can choose hardware that blends into your window frames, or hardware that stands out from your window frames. Polished chrome hardware, for instance, has a shiny appearance that looks beautiful with modern decor. Bronze hardware provides a distinctive antique finish, and solid brass hardware has a very stately, robust appearance. For a more subtle look, consider satin nickel or distressed nickel.
Hardware also comes in different shapes. Compact hardware minimizes interference with nearby accessories, and some hardware features folding handles.
Grilles can be used to add character to any window, and they can also create a historically accurate appearance. For instance, you can add a grille to a casement window to make it appear like a double-hung window, which is the style most commonly seen on Victorian and Craftsman homes. While grilles do come in conventional styles like Prairie, Farmhouse, and Colonial, they can also be custom-designed to meet your unique needs.
Oriel Style Frames
Do you like the look of wider window frames? If the rest of your home features thick, bold woodwork, oriel style window frames might be a good feature to add during your window renewal. These frames are wider than conventional ones, so they coordinate with thicker woodwork and call more attention to themselves.
Check Rail Options
The check rail is the piece of sash material that goes along the top of your bottom window sash. It comes in several styles. You can choose contemporary, curved check rails, which have a soft look that coordinates well with modern decor. Traditional check rails, which have a sharper edge, look right in place in most classic and country homes.
To decide which features may look best on your Cincinnati home, use Renewal by Andersen’s visualization tool. You can upload a picture of your actual home and play around with different looks. Contact us if you need more guidance. We’d be happy to conduct a free consultation in your own home.