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5 Window Styles to Jazz Up Your Home's Curb Appeal

Written by Posted On Tuesday, 16 August 2016 20:10

Whether you realize it or not, windows are an important part of your home’s design. They are also one of the more interesting aspects, since they offer both function and form. Different kinds of windows provide different looks, as well as varying types of ventilation. If you need to change up or replace the windows on your home, follow the list below for some of the best kinds of windows that will make any house stand out in a good way.


Stained Glass

When people think of stained glass, they tend to think of old cathedrals and castles. That really is selling things a bit short, however. Stained glass can look very good in modern homes. The colors of the glass, which you can choose, offer a glowing light during daytime. Other than that, the sun is mostly filtered out and the room where the window is will remain cool and comfortable.


Glass Blocking

Glass block windows aren't used in many homes, which is a shame, because they look very cool. If you want to go for a more minimalist post-modern look, this a design worth considering. Obviously, these windows can't be opened. They also aren't very good at stopping the light from flooding in, so they are best used for inside of the house. The noteworthy design is really the main objective with glass block windows.


Sliding Windows

Sliding windows are the exact opposite of glass block windows, as they offer form over function. Their simplistic design allows for them to be opened while still providing some protection from the outside elements. These are especially good for large areas that need to be covered. Installing one of two sliding windows allows for easy access to fresh air whenever you want it.


Vinyl Windows

Vinyl is arguably the best material for windows. Vinyl windows are hollow in the middle, which helps to keep out heat and condensation. On top of that, they lasts for nearly forever, keeping the maintenance bill nice and low. Vinyl windows usually tend to be a bit on the minimalist side in terms of design. Visit Arch Design if you’re interested in learning more about vinyl windows.


Accent Windows

Accent windows are oldies but goodies. They can be seen on a lot of mid-century houses, and often have wooden frames. Of course, the frame can also be metal or plastic if that goes better with your house. The shape can be any variety of geometric shapes. Pentagons are popular, but creativity is the spice of life. Since these windows generally don't offer much ventilation, one or two should be more than enough.


All of these window ideas are well liked and are a sure way to make your house stand out a little more, whether because of their unique design or because of their admirable efficiency. Remember, windows are a big contributing factor when it comes to curb appeal. Don't forget to upgrade them along with the rest of the house.

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