6 Steps to Customize Your Windows in a Stylish Way

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Home renovations are always exciting. You can finally make your home yours by choosing the styles, colours, and designs you love. From your paint to your flooring, you get to personalize it all. You might be surprised to hear that you can also customize your new window replacements to suit your preferences and style. There are many design options to consider.

Here are some ways to personalize them to your liking.

1. Choose Your Material

If you bought an older home, you’re likely replacing aluminum windows, and you certainly have the option to choose aluminum for your replacements, but this material isn’t as popular today as it once was. Wood and vinyl will likely be the two choices you’ll pick between. They’re both durable and visually appealing, though wood may require more upkeep with sanding and painting over time.

2. Pick Your Grid Design

Many homeowners don’t consider the grids, but they can add a lot to the overall appearance of your new windows. They can be placed in a variety of ways, splitting up the windows into different shapes, designs, and sizes to make them uniquely you.

3. Add Spice with Hardware

Copper, gold, silver or white—it’s your time to choose the handles and locks that will adorn your new windows. The hardware is yet another visual element you can add to your home, and with the right decision, it can tie in well with the rest of your interior to create a more cohesive space.

4. Your Choice of Colour

Whether you’re going with vinyl or wood window frames, you can have them stained or painted to fit your interior décor and match the rest of your home. Though white is most common for vinyl, you can also create a dramatic impact with a dark frame, which is a trend that’s becoming increasingly popular. When it comes to wood, there are a variety of different natural shades you can choose from. Whether you gravitate more towards chestnut or java, you’ll find the exact frame colours you’re looking for.

5. Carefully Consider the Glass

Finally, you can personalize your new replacement windows by choosing the right glass design that will help you create the exact look you’re seeking and give you the function you need. There is actually a wide variety of glass design options to choose from.

Decorative glass windows can help you personalize your windows, while adding privacy and safety to any space. Privacy glass, for example, has a high obscurity rating, meaning it’s nearly impossible for people outdoors to see in. However, the glass still allows light to filter through your home. It’s an ideal option for bathrooms. Another option is safety glass, such as tempered glass, which is more durable and resistant to impact. It shatters evenly when broken, rather than in large shards, to reduce the risk of injury. If you have windows near hazardous areas, such as whirlpools, hot tubs, or swimming areas, then safety glass is the way to keep your family safe. Then there’s etched glass, which allows you to create one-of-a-kind windows to match any pattern you’d like. Another decision you’ll need to make when it comes to your glass is how energy-efficient you require it to be. The greater the energy efficiency rating, the lower your heating and cooling costs will be and the higher your comfort level will be.

If you’re looking to add that extra visual appeal to your home’s interior and exterior while adding to the value of your house, consider personalizing your replacement windows during your renovations. From colours and hardware to glass, there are endless ways to customize your windows to meet your needs and match your style.

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Hi, I'm Bryan! I'm the guy who writes most of the home improvement tutorials in Step By Step House. If you have any questions about what I've written, just contact me and I'll get back to you. Thanks!

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