Do You Need Custom Windows?
They say that eyes are windows to the soul. Similarly, windows can be the eyes to the soul of your home, offering views, natural light and a connection to the outside world. (Plus, they kind of look like eyes at certain angles.) As such, choosing the right windows can significantly affect the aesthetics, functionality and energy efficiency of your residence.
Some houses have unique window frame dimensions, however. Others could benefit from a different type of window than the one currently installed. In both of these cases, custom windows are an ideal solution for many homeowners.
So, do you need custom windows?
If you haven't done much research into custom windows yet, today's post will help you determine whether they are right for you.
What Are Custom Windows?
First, it's important to understand what custom windows are (and what they are not). Basically, custom windows are tailored to fit unique specifications so that they perfectly fit your home.
Unlike standard off-the-shelf options you'll find online or at big-box retailers, custom windows can accommodate non-standard sizes, shapes, styles and design preferences. They are crafted with the final result in mind and really are a custom process. That final result is cohesive with the rest of your home and elevates its overall look and feel.
Examples of custom window styles include:
How Custom Windows Complement Your Home
Custom windows are tailored to your home's architecture, and this is one of the primary reasons homeowners choose them instead of a standard option that won't look as professional. Windows should complement, not contrast, the architectural style of your home. Whether your house is modern, contemporary, Victorian, colonial-style or something else completely, custom windows can be designed to harmonize seamlessly with the current aesthetic. Not only do they look better, but they preserve the authenticity of the home's appearance.
The Energy Efficiency of Custom Windows
Custom windows are an opportunity to improve your home's energy efficiency, especially if the current windows are draining or leaking energy from it. Newer windows will usually have more advanced materials that are of higher quality and foster better energy retention. Features like low-emissivity (aka "low-E") glass, multiple panes and improved insulation can all result in better energy efficiency to help regulate indoor temperatures, reduce energy consumption and lower utility bills—all while maintaining a comfortable living environment year-round.
Unique Shapes, Designs and Configurations
Using a traditional window for an untraditional space is like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. It's challenging, to say the least. Custom windows accommodate non-standard window shapes and configurations by using unconventional shapes like triangles, circles, arches and more. This helps you maintain architectural integrity while giving you a canvas for personalization. Whether you want a certain pattern, finish, hardware or other unique features (e.g., decorative glass, tinting, built-in blinds, etc.), there are a plethora of options to match your vision and style preferences.
Other Factors to Consider
Of course, there are a few factors to consider before you make the plunge into custom windows. Here are a few of the biggest ones:
Budget: It's true that custom windows do tend to come with a higher price tag than standard options, but this makes sense due to the personalized nature of them. Anything custom is going to cost more than anything standard. But the long-term benefits (like energy savings and increased home value) can far outweigh the initial cost. Still, it will have an impact on whether now is the best time for custom windows or not.
Timeframe: Crafting custom windows takes more time than standard windows as well, again due to their custom nature. Homeowners should consider production times in addition to installation times, especially if you're looking to get it completed in a specific timeframe. The best custom window companies will do everything they can to accommodate your needs in your desired timeframe but will be honest about it.
Install: You don't want to rush the install for custom windows. Proper installation is crucial for maximizing the benefits of these types of windows, which is why professional installation is a must. You want to ensure the seamless fit and optimal performance of your custom windows from the very start.
Benefits: If you're still unsure about custom windows, consider some of the lesser-known benefits you might not have thought about yet. For example, custom windows can improve curb appeal, improve strength and durability and increase safety and security. All of these add value and appeal to your home.
Custom windows offer a myriad of benefits, from tailored design and enhanced energy efficiency to preserving architectural authenticity. Expo Home Improvement recognizes that every home is unique, and custom windows provide an opportunity to elevate your space to its fullest potential. Contact us for a custom windows quote today.