If you could choose one design element to instantly modernize your home, both on the inside and out, what would that be? If you said windows, you’d be right! Choosing the right modern window style can improve the look of the inside and outside of your home in one project.
When you plan your next renovation, consider these window-shopping tips below using our favorite, high-quality designs from today’s sponsor, Milgard Doors & Windows.
Strategize Your Views
Modern homes use window design and placement to maximize views and natural light. When making changes to your home, consider which rooms need more light. You’ll want to note the direction your home faces relative to the sun, and which outdoor surroundings you want to see more of. Once that’s decided, you can add more windows, install larger ones, or floor-to-ceiling patio doors. Choose narrow-frame windows like the Milgard Trinsic Series for a larger glass area.
Honor Your Architecture
There are many modern window styles to choose from that allow you to upgrade the look and functionality while honoring your home’s architecture. Replace older, multi-paned windows by installing replacement windows like the single-hung style from the Milgard Ultra Series. A single glass frame creates an open view to the outside, topped with a classic grille pattern window that maintains its traditional charm.
Enjoy classic French doors with modernized features. Built with long-lasting and durable fiberglass, energy-efficient glazing, and a contemporary grille that’s both fresh and charming.
Create a Bold Design Statement
Make a statement with dark-framed windows to accentuate the interior and exterior beauty of your home. We love the Milgard Ultra Series fiberglass windows (available in four exterior frame hues). Its high-contrast color creates a picture frame to capture the outdoor scenery.
Obscurity glass is a great option for bathroom space due to its built-in benefits of privacy and volumes of light. Casement windows are ideal for allowing steam to escape and letting in a fresh breeze. Milgard Trinsic casement windows feature a low profile with modern hardware. They can be hung on the side or with top hinges and use a crank or lever for opening at different angles.
A modern window style isn’t just about aesthetics; it also saves you money. Replacing your old windows with newer technology can lower your spending on monthly utilities. Here are a few ways you can take advantage of modern glass innovation:
• Dual and Triple Glazing: Glazing is not just for donuts; it is also another word for panes. Older windows were designed with just one pane of glass. Energy-efficient windows utilize double or triple-pane glass to insulate and reduce energy usage during hotter and colder months. Triple-paned windows add more protection against the elements for homes located in places with extreme temperatures.
• Low-E glass: This is a special coating that reflects infrared light to regulate heat in the winter and summer, and minimizes the effects of ultraviolet light that discolors and fades furniture.
• Warm Edge Spacers: Non-metallic and hybrid metal/non-metal spacers keep glass panes properly spaced to minimize heat loss.
• Gas Fills: odorless, colorless, and non-toxic gasses (such as argon and krypton) are inserted between glass panes to insulate better than regular air.
• Quality Frame Materials: To increase energy efficiency and durability, choose quality framing materials like fiberglass (rot-resistant), vinyl (low-maintenance), or aluminum (light and recyclable).
Modern window styles are a big investment, but if done strategically, it will save you money in the long term while you enjoy the views for years to come.
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