Many traditional homes typically feature windows that have not changed much from the early days when such house designs were introduced. Colonial, Queen Anne, Victorian, and other such “old” designs are still home to many Americans today, and most of their modern homeowners love their design so much that they hardly ever deviate from the roof, siding installation, and window designs that went with such homes in the past.
Should You Stick to Traditional Window Designs?
If you’re a stickler for traditional design, there’s nothing wrong with that, but if you want to try other window types on a traditional home design, you shouldn’t be afraid to experiment.
Every window, roof, and siding contractor of old used the designs that were available to them at the time. That is the major reason those contractors stuck with windows that eventually became synonymous with the homes they worked on. Glass panels were a lot smaller, materials were not as strong as they are now, and windows back in the day were not insulated in any way. The technology just wasn’t there back then.
These days, however, windows — as well as other home components — are available in attractive designs and insulation options that are worlds better than their older counterparts.
Can You Use More Than One Type of Windows?
Absolutely. It’s all a matter of taste and planning. Just because you have double-hung windows in the front doesn’t mean you can’t use other types of windows on other sides of your home. Note, however, that it’s generally not a good idea to vary your windows too much in the facade of your home. By carefully planning and coordinating with a professional window and siding replacement contractor, you can raise your home’s curb appeal, insulation, functionality, and comfort. Pro tip: assign a type of window to its own wall.
A Cut Above Exteriors can help you decide on the windows that would work best with the design of your home, taking into account what you need. Call us at (503) 334-0733 today. We work with many homeowners in Portland, OR.