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Choosing Windows for Every Room

by Rachel Lyon, Editorial Director for The House Designers®

Windows are one of the most important aspects of a house from a stylistic and practical standpoint. Not only should they complement the architecture and scheme of the exterior design, but they also have to protect the interior from highly variable temperatures and other challenges from the outdoors. If you’re in the market for new windows, here are some things to keep in mind as you shop for different areas around your home.

Boral Windows Krestmark Collection

Krestmark Collection windows give you a choice of aluminum or vinyl frames and a variety of glass options to address issues with harsh sun. If you want maximum efficiency or to reduce glare and heat gain, they have special coatings for that!

Living Spaces

The largest windows in a house are usually found in the living room and other shared spaces. Naturally brightening this central portion of the structure definitely gives it a comfortable and inviting feel, but you have to be careful when selecting so much glass. Not all windows are created equal, and even fantastic ones could make a bad choice if installed outside of their intended region. Different climate zones and the angle of the sun at different latitudes mean that there is no one-size-fits-all solution. You have to shop for where you’re building!

This is especially important when outfitting living spaces with windows. Given the larger breadth of wall space dedicated to glass, and that many orient their homes to the sun to make the most of free light in all seasons, you need that glass to positively contribute to the efficiency of the house. You can’t usually see the coatings applied to the panes, but windows are specially manufactured with glazes that affect how light and heat pass through the window from both sides. Windows for cold northern areas should absorb heat from the sun and minimize loss to the outside, but you need windows that prevent solar heat gain down south where too much heat is the problem. Choosing windows optimized for your situation can help reduce utilities and save money down the road!

Boral Windows Magnolia Collection

Economical, energy efficient, and effective against sound transmission with a Duraseal™ spacer system, Magnolia Collection windows make a great choice for anybody who wants their interior environment minimally affected by the conditions outside.

Bedrooms

Whether a bedroom has one window or a series, the effect on the space and its occupant(s) can be huge. Natural light regulates sleep cycles, which contributes to better health overall, so many people choose to leave their windows uncovered to help them wake up with the sun. Window coverings provide insulation and reduce drafts, though; to go without, you need to invest in insulated windows with great seals. That insulative layer slows heat transfer and also buffers against sound—something light sleepers will appreciate! You’ll have more restful nights with quality windows that keep the room quiet and comfortable.

One important thing to keep in mind when selecting windows for bedrooms is that they legally need at least two points of egress. That usually means a door and an operable window that opens enough to allow somebody to exit through it in an emergency. Check with your local building department to get the minimum opening dimensions required in your area. The vast majority of homes are designed with large enough bedroom windows, but if you’re changing the windows in the blueprints for privacy or adding a bedroom to the basement or attic, you need to make sure you have a proper egress window.

Boral Windows Legacy Collection

This Legacy Collection window features privacy glass to obscure the view inside while still allowing plenty of natural light into the room. It’s also sealed with insulating gas for better thermal performance—something especially important in bathrooms during the winter!

Bathrooms

Not all bathrooms are in a position to have windows, but if yours does have an exterior wall, it would be a shame not to use it! Those worried about privacy often find that an awning window high up to provide light and natural ventilation works well. Whether you keep it small or go big, you can also opt for privacy glass to blur the view inside. Bathrooms are prone to feeling small and dark, so any window would be an asset. Consider what lies behind the bathroom wall and explore some window catalogs—you don’t have to feel exposed and you won’t be disappointed by the variety of solutions.

Check out Boral™ Windows if you’re building anywhere from New Mexico to North Carolina and down to Florida! With a focus on the Southern portion of the United States, this brand addresses some of the issues that homeowners have with windows in this particular region. They offer a variety of window types, divided lite patterns, and ENERGY STAR® rated products, too. Start by getting a quote and connecting with a professional who can help you select the perfect windows for your exact needs!