Custom windows can really add a lot of life and personality to your home. They can also be a great option if you struggle with getting enough natural lighting along with your currently installed windows. Installing custom windows is kind of a big decision though, especially if you aren’t really certain what sort of windows you’d like.
Though your selection in large part is dependent upon personal preference, there are a few other considerations that might help you pick as well. So if you are thinking about custom windows, here are a few items to keep in mind that may make choosing a bit easier.
Existing Custom Windows
One thing that can really affect your choice of custom windows is whether your home already has custom windows. This doesn’t necessarily mean large bay windows or other notable customizations; in many cases, custom windows seem similar to standard windows but are simply a non-standard size.
If you want to upgrade these windows, you’ll obviously have to get customized windows to replace them unless you opt to make changes to the wall that will allow standard windows to be utilized at the replacement. The same goes for much more obvious custom windows such as bay windows; if you want to replace or update them you’ll need to get custom windows as an update.
How Much Room Is Available?
Assuming that you aren’t simply updating existing custom windows, you’ll need to see if there’s sufficient room on the wall for the sort of window that you want to install. This doesn’t mean just assessing the available wall space; it is possible that there could be conduits, cables, or other structures within the wall itself that would make it difficult for large custom made windows to be installed.
Bear in mind that this isn’t always obvious at first glance, which is why it’s important to talk to a contractor or other customized installer to get an idea about what is and isn’t possible in the space that you have.
Custom Panes vs. Custom Windows
Not all window updates need fully replacing the windows that you have. In some cases, you may be able to simply replace the existing glass with custom panes that change the appearance or function of your windows. This can add a exceptional style to your windows, replace old window glass using newer glass that provides better UV filtering, or make other changes while retaining the same frames and general overall appearance of your windows.
After going through some of the considerations above, you may also think of the overall style of your own home to try and figure out what would seem best. Some homes look fine with oversized windows or mullions that break up what could otherwise be a standard single pane.
This is subject to personal style and preference, of course, and there may be considerations such as whether you have limitations from a HOA that would stop some window updates. Still, it’s an important consideration when thinking about custom windows, since your home’s style will affect the way the windows seem in the long run.
The Price of Custom Windows
As with anything habit, having custom windows installed will clearly cost a little more than a standard window installation. The size, complexity, and materials included in the custom window installation will play a huge part in the price tag.
Obviously, just installing a non-standard window will probably cost less than a large bay or mullioned window, however it is still likely to charge you a little more than an”off the shelf” standard-sized window. This price will need to be considered as it will affect what sort of changes will fit into your budget.