Letting more natural light into your home can be beneficial in many ways. It makes your home look bright and cheerful, it helps you save on utility costs and it helps promote healthy sleeping habits. In today’s post, patio doors and replacement window company Renewal by Andersen® of Denver shares tips on how to bring more natural light into your home this fall.
Maximize Your Glass Areas
Check your home and see how much glass is on the exterior walls. Windows, patio doors, skylights, even glass blocks can let some light into your home. Make sure they’re not blocked by furniture or obscured by heavy window treatments and decor. Before you even consider taking out parts of the exterior wall and installing new windows—which can be a work-intensive and costly project—consider first how much light you can let in with what you have.
If replacing your windows is an option, try to find the slimmest frames as possible. Remember: the slimmer the frames, the larger the glass area, therefore the better natural lighting. Certain materials like vinyl may not be able to support the weight of large glass panels, which is why you should consider other frame materials. Renewal by Andersen replacement window frames are crafted with our exclusive Fibrex® material, a composite made of wood fibers and polymer. It lets us build slim frames without sacrificing structural strength. It has proven to be so strong that we use it on our replacement windows and sliding glass doors.
Install Clerestory Windows and Sidelights
Areas such as entry halls and rooms that can only fit one or two windows are typically dark. While skylights are an option, they involve taking a large chunk out of your roof. Installing clerestory windows and sidelights require less significant changes, yet are great for illuminating otherwise tight spaces.
Light Window Treatments With Heavy Ones
We have mentioned avoiding installing heavy window treatments, but sometimes you may need it if you want to sleep in on weekends, or when you’re coming home from the night shift. Maybe you need to reduce glare when you’re having a videoconference with your colleagues. In such cases, it’s best if you can pair light window treatments with heavy ones. A popular example is sheer curtains paired with heavy drapes. The sheer curtains help protect your privacy while letting natural light into your home. You can then shut the drapes when you need your room a little less bright.
Renewal by Andersen of Denver is your leading provider of replacement windows and French doors. Give us a call at (303) 823-4312. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Denver and surrounding communities.