Bathrooms have considerably different requirements than the rest of the house. Choosing replacement windows, for instance, requires a good balance between privacy, ventilation and natural lighting. Replacement window company Renewal by Andersen® of Denver discusses the factors you should consider when choosing new bathroom windows.
Conventional wisdom states that bigger window sizes allow more natural light, but this is true if resizing the window opening is an option. If it’s not, there is another solution: choose windows with stronger and slimmer frames. Replacement windows made with our exclusive Fibrex® material make this possible. Slimmer frames mean bigger glass areas, which will allow more natural light into the bathroom. Also, consider combining two or more small, side-by-side windows into one large window.
It goes without saying that privacy is an important requirement for bathrooms. For existing windows, privacy can be controlled with various kinds of window treatments, from sheer curtains to fixed plantation shutters. For new construction bathrooms, the windows can be positioned where they’re out of the line of sight from the outdoors, though this may deprive you of a view.
When choosing replacement windows for your bathroom, you can choose options other than clear glass: frosted, textured, or stained glass. While glass blocks can achieve this effect, you may be depriving your bathroom of needed ventilation. Low emissivity (“Low E”) coatings are another option: their reflective properties—intended to block harmful UV rays and solar heat—help obscure the view from the outside during the day. You will, of course, have to use some type of window treatment to protect your bathroom privacy in the evening.
Ventilation is one of the factors that dictate bathroom window styles. This means your bathroom will need at least one window that can be opened and closed when needed, which allows venting excess heat and moisture. This type of passive ventilation reduces the workload on the bathroom exhaust fans and helps you save on energy, as well as reduces potential damage to the roof usually caused by humid air.
Renewal by Andersen of Denver is your leading provider of replacement window options for your bathroom. Give us a call at (303) 968-3287 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Colorado Springs and Denver.