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How to combine different types of windows

There are many different types of windows, and each kind has its advantages and disadvantages. Although many people think they need to use the same type of windows throughout their house to maintain a consistent style, combining them is one way to maximize their functionality. Here’s how to harmoniously combine different window styles.

Identify your needs

First, determine the main purpose of your window. Will it be used for ventilation or to frame a picturesque view? Where will it be in your home? Is privacy a main concern? Once you know what functions you want your window to serve, you can choose one or several styles that meet those needs.

 

Explore different styles

In order to combine windows effectively, it’s important to know some of the different styles that are available. Here are a few common types:

  • Picture windows come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They have low-profile frames that provide clear views of the outdoors. Since they’re permanently sealed, they offer great energy savings and are a smart choice for allowing light in without letting heat out. It’s best to use these windows in areas where ventilation isn’t a concern.
  • Slider lift-out windows are designed with energy-efficiency and convenience in mind. They come with operable sashes that slide open and can be lifted out of for easy cleaning. Since they don’t swing inward or outward, they help save space inside and outside your home.
  • Awning windows have a hinge at the top and open outward. Because of this, the glass acts as an awning and can be left open even when it’s raining. They often have a higher placement and are great for freeing up wall space and adding privacy while still allowing plenty of light and air to enter. These windows are ideal for basements, in small spaces, over kitchen sinks and anywhere that requires maximum ventilation and security.

 

Discover ideal combinations

There are numerous combinations of windows to choose from. For example, slider and awning windows are often installed alongside picture windows. This allows you to benefit from some ventilation while still getting an unobstructed view. When combining windows, try to stick to an overall theme that matches your home’s style. If you’re still unsure, reach out to a window and door specialist in your area for help.

 

Windows in the Ottawa area

Canadian Comfort Window & Doors carries a wide selection of windows. We have over five decades of experience installing slider windows, picture windows, awning windows and many others in Ottawa and the surrounding areas. Our knowledgeable staff can suggest different combinations of products to fit your needs. Contact us today to learn