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Choosing the Right Windows for Your Home

gray home with new replacement windowsYour home’s windows are one of its most defining exterior features. When it’s time to replace your outdated or damaged windows, choosing window styles that complement your home’s architectural style is essential.

Whether you’re planning to replace your existing windows or are designing a new home, these useful tips can guide you in which window types increase curb appeal and best define your home’s style.

What To Consider When Choosing Window Styles

modern bay window style installed in homeDifferent window styles provide varying benefits, including usability and energy efficiency. When choosing new replacement windows, think about how you want the newer models to perform, even if only from an aesthetic point of view.

For instance, sliding windows complement ranch-style homes beautifully but aren’t usually the best choice for a Victorian-style house. And hopper windows are probably not a good idea if you live in a rainy area.

Start your replacement window search by asking:

  1. Do I want to replace the existing windows with new ones that are the same size?
  2. Will I be installing more windows than I currently have?
  3. Do I want any custom-sized windows?
  4. Which direction does my home face?
  5. Do I want all my new windows to provide ventilation, or will there also be fixed models like bow windows?

Keep in mind, too, that the windows you choose will have exterior and interior impacts. Think about things like glare on screens and monitors and where you want maximum natural light and airflow.

Lastly, to ensure you get maximum energy efficiency from your new windows, keep your home’s orientation to the sun and wind in mind, as that can affect heating and air-conditioning costs.

Choosing Replacement Windows That Complement Your Home’s Style

The Kansas City area is home to many architectural styles, including some by distinguished architects. Here are some of the most popular styles and the window types that tend to enhance them best.

  • Ranch-style home: The most prominent housing structure in Kansas City, single-story, Western-style ranch houses often feature large front porches and patios. Since this house style is low, replacement windows should be wider than they are tall and forgo grilles or novelty shapes. Slider windows are great for ranches, as they have a simple design that can be manufactured in virtually any size.
  • double hung windows installed on balconyCraftsman bungalow-style home: This house style features simple forms, deep porches, and mixed-material façades. Double-hung and casement windows look terrific on bungalow-style homes, as do dormer, transom, and picture windows.
  • Contemporary or industrial modern houses: With their fuss-free asymmetrical forms, flat roofs, and varied-material façades, contemporary homes allow for just about any window style. Casement, double-hung, picture, bay, and bow windows all look great and add tremendous curb appeal.
  • Colonial-style home: Colonial and Colonial Revival homes often have as many as three stories and multiple dormers and chimneys. Double-hung windows with grilles look best with this style of home. Many homeowners choose to add half-circle windows on top for visual interest.
  • Cape Cod-style home: Featuring side gables and steep roofs, Cape Code-style homes traditionally feature multi-pane, double-hung windows with shutters. Casement windows are another great choice that looks just as appealing.
  • Tudor-style home: Casement, bay, and double-hung windows are all great styles to pair with this style house’s arched entries, steeply pitched roofs, and asymmetrical window compositions. Small casement windows and transoms can be attractive accent window styles.
  • Cottage-style home: Double-hung windows have historically been the window of choice for cottage-style homes. Casements work equally well in modern cottage-style houses, as do bay windows.

Zen Windows: Always the Right Choice

With three window brands to choose from and various options, features, and customizations available, you’ll never go wrong by choosing Zen Windows’ precision-built, energy-efficient, and affordable replacement windows for your home!