I am now working in the fenestration world! For those of you who don’t know that term, “it is the arrangement of windows and doors on the elevations of a building”. Windows come in a variety of sizes, shapes and materials. The challenge is to decide which type of window to purchase!
Steel windows are very popular right now, both because of their narrow sight lines and elegant look. The challenge with this material is that is has lower energy efficiency and a higher cost to the homeowner. Design Hint: You can mimic the look of steel by purchasing wood clad windows that are contemporary in style, then have the inside frame painted black!
Custom Wood Windows:
A myth around solid wood windows is that they require more maintenance than “wood clad” windows. They do require a little more TLC but it is all worth it to have furniture quality windows in your home!
Have a more contemporary look and can vary widely in pricing. These windows have narrower site lines and low maintenance. Photo courtesy of Fleetwood Windows.
Wood Clad Windows:
Production windows are most common with names like Windsor, Weather Shield and Marvin. The frame is usually made of Pine or Douglas Fir and then the exterior of the window is wrapped in aluminum or vinyl to help protect the wood. These types of windows are less expensive, but usually have less options and “stepping” which you do not see on custom windows. Photo courtesy of Windsor Windows.
Window hardware can be as beautiful as you want. Most production windows have restrictions on 2nd party hardware, but if you are considering higher end windows such as steel or wood, consider upgrading your hardware. Photo courtesy of Nanz Hardware.