When you are planning on getting replacement windows for your Cameron Park home, did you know that you are not required to get the same size or style windows as you currently have? Too many homeowners don’t realize that they can actually change the size of their windows however they want.
The only real limitation to determining the size of your replacement windows, or even entry doors, happens to be the support structure of your home. Loadbearing walls need to be considered, but beyond that, you can get any size window to replace your existing windows.
When you are considering replacement windows, and you want to get a different size window, consider the three following factors and you should end up with windows that you are not only happy with, but that will enhance the look and feel of your entire Cameron Park home.
The number one consideration that will need to be made when replacing windows with newer, larger windows, is the support structure of the house. Certain walls are considered loadbearing. The majority of loadbearing walls are on the interior of the house. However, the exterior walls certainly bear some weight and are vital to the integrity of your house.
The framing structure around the window would need to be able to support the wall itself as well as any weight on the roof. Most rooms are supported along the center loadbearing plane, and the weight on the outside walls is not nearly as much as it is in the center of the house.
Before making any decision on what size windows you should get for any room in your house, consult a window replacement expert who can come out and analyze the walls, the current windows, and compare them with what you have in mind.
For example, you may have a picture window in your living room that is book ended by two double hung windows. You may have an incredible view of the rolling landscape and hills throughout Cameron Park, and you are thinking about replacing the structure with a large series of windows that allow the maximum amount of light and landscape view into your home. This is certainly possible, but the window replacement expert would need to determine where the structures can be supported to give you the best idea of what type of windows you could have.
Replacing windows with something larger will impact the level of privacy that you may have become accustomed to. Larger windows will generally provide less privacy than smaller windows. It can also make covering those windows more challenging.
When you are considering larger windows for certain rooms in your home, you also need to take into account privacy issues. While it is great to have more wide-open spaces, and a more inviting environment with larger windows, at night you still want to be able to close off any prying eyes.
If you are only looking to replace the windows of your home with something larger that overlooks nature and there are no neighbors who could see into your home, then privacy is not as big a concern.
If privacy is still a major factor for you, you may want to consider windows that provide some amount of privacy for you. This could include tinting of the glass that would keep you feeling more secure within your home during the day. You may also want to consider window shutters as these would provide the best level of privacy while also allowing you to maintain that wide-open view that you are aiming for with these larger windows.
More than 40% of the heat and cool air that you produce during the winter and summer months is lost through the windows of your home. With so much energy being lost, it is important that when you are planning on increasing the size of your windows that you take this into consideration as well.
Energy efficiency with regard to replacement windows is vastly different today than it was just 10 or 20 years ago. Just because you have larger windows doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice efficiency. Relying on double glazing or triple glazing with an argon or krypton gas sealant is one of the best ways to improve energy efficiency of your larger windows.
If you don’t take into account energy efficiency, you’ll most likely find that even though your new, larger windows provide you with better views and a more open feel in your home, you could end up spending more on your heating and cooling expenses throughout the year.
One of the best advantages when it comes to replacement windows for your Cameron Park, CA home is that you are not stuck having to choose the same style or size that currently exist there. Some homes do not take full advantage of the views that they overlook. You can change that by changing the size of your windows.
Contact Hall’s Window Center to see all of the window and door styles that are available for your home. Even if changing the size of your current windows is only a passing thought or notion, you will likely be surprised at just how amazing certain rooms in your home can become with the right size windows.
If you have ever visited somebody’s home and a dining or living room had small windows but the views beyond those windows were amazing, you might’ve thought about how a large picture or bay window would look there. The same is true in your home. Visit Hall’s Window Center showroom today at 11297 White Rock Rd Rancho Cordova, CA 95742 or call 916-669-1469 to schedule a consultation with our professional installers.