Choosing the right windows for your home remodeling project involves many considerations. Much has been said about choosing the right materials, hardware and energy-efficient features, but a less-discussed aspect involves window sizes. Let’s look at the factors that affect the choice of replacement window sizes.
Building codes notwithstanding, window replacement projects generally don’t involve expanding the wall openings. Most new construction windows are built as part of the wall framing; therefore, expanding the wall opening may incur additional costs because the wall framing will have to be rebuilt. There is also the risk of damaging the siding or voiding its warranty coverage. There are exceptions, such as combining adjacent windows into a large window, since these smaller windows are built on a single wall opening.
It’s always a good idea to sketch out what your new windows will look like before making your decision. Whether you choose to draw it by hand or by computer or through augmented-reality applications on a smartphone, make sure that you are happy with what it looks like on paper (or on screen) before you commit to it.
Natural light is an important factor when choosing window size; large windows will allow more light into your home. You have to consider whether letting direct sunlight into your home is something that you want as it could fade fabrics and furniture in your home, though low-emissivity coatings can help block unwanted ultraviolet (UV) rays and can make your home hotter. Consider the four principal directions:
East – East-facing windows lets you meet the sunrise every morning and gets you your daily dose of vitamin D. However, they may be too bright for people who prefer to sleep in during weekends.
West – West-facing windows provide a great sunset view, which is why large picture windows are often installed on the west wall.
South – The natural light that comes through south-facing windows tends to be harsh, but can be useful in large rooms or in areas with open floor plans.
North-facing windows provide the most balanced natural lighting throughout the day. Rooms with north-facing walls can benefit from large windows.
If you need further guidance with choosing the right window sizes, our consultants can help you with your choice.
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