Custom windows can really add a good amount of life and personality to your home. In addition, they can also be a great alternative if you have a hard time with getting enough natural lighting along with your currently installed windows.
Installing custom windows is sort of a big decision though, especially if you aren’t really certain what sort of windows you would like.
Though your decision in large part depends on personal preference, there are an array of other considerations that may help you choose as well. So if you’re thinking about custom windows, here are a few things to remember that might make picking a bit easier.
One thing that can really affect your selection 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 look similar to standard windows but are simply a non-standard size.
If you want to upgrade these windows, you will clearly need to get customized windows to replace them unless you opt to make changes to the wall that will give an opportunity for standard windows to be used at the replacement. The same goes for much more obvious custom made windows such as bay windows; if you want to replace or update them, you’ll want to get custom windows as an update.
How Much Room Is Available?
Assuming that you aren’t simply updating existing custom windows, you will 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 checking the available wall space; it’s 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.
Not all window updates require 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 special style to your windows, replace older window glass with 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 home to try and figure out what would look best. Some homes look nice 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. Nonetheless, it’s an important consideration when thinking about custom windows, because your home’s design will affect how the windows look in the long run.
The Price of Custom Windows
As with anything habit, having custom windows installed will obviously cost a little more than a standard window installation. The size, complexity, and materials involved in the custom window installation will play a big part in the price.
Obviously, just installing a non-standard window will probably cost less than a large bay or mullioned window, but it’s still going to cost you a bit more than an”off the shelf” standard-sized window. This cost will need to be considered as it will affect what sort of changes will fit into your budget.
Because custom windows can be complicated, it’s important to get a professional you can trust to measure and install the custom windows for you.