There are many factors that define the style of a building including the shape, type of materials used, colour, symmetry and the type of windows used. Each element works together to form a distinct look which can be recognisable from other styles. Think about Victorian homes with their sash and bay windows or the Georgian style windows with the smaller symmetrical panes of glass. They all have they own look. Its not mistake that the examples used were defined by the windows they have. Windows can make a huge difference to how a building looks and this makes them very important.
Here are some reasons why fitting the right style of window for your building is important:
1) Retain the character
When the architect designed the building, he did so with the bigger picture in mind. How do the windows work with the style of the building, the internal spaces and practically to let in light and allow air to move in or out. Often, this forms the very character of a building and can give it its charm. If newer windows are fitted without thought paid to the period the home was designed in it can compromise the integrity of the building and it can lose its charm and character.
2) Maintain energy efficiency
Modern windows can be highly efficient and minimise the heat loss experienced through the glass. Manufacturers have been mindful to create highly efficient windows in a huge variety of styles. This is to enable buildings to maintain their energy efficiency without losing the appeal of the external design. Modern materials can be made to look old in addition to traditional materials being made more efficient. Getting the right energy efficiency can also have a good effect on the value of a building.
3) Retain property value
Making sure the correct style of window is fitted that is the right colour for the building can help to retain the value of the home. Fitting windows that don’t match the property in terms of its period or style can be a real mistake as it looks odd and potential buyers will feel they need to spend money on replacing them
4) It can create a real feature
Sometimes windows are used for a design feature. This can be a stained glass window that lets in colourful light or a huge sliding window that frames the vista from the home whilst bringing the outside in when fully open.
5) Allows the best use of light
The placement of a certain style of window can have a dramatic effect on how the home is lit in the day. Velux windows allow light to stream in through the roof or porthole windows allows light to areas that would normally be dark and shady in the day. A plethora of designs of window now exist to help bring light into a space.
A building without windows just looks odd and oppressive. Think about the external façade of a prison. They often have small slits for windows which make the building look cold and unwelcoming. Windows can definitely make or break the design, look and feel of a building so choose carefully or get the advice from the experts.