If you’re considering changing a window size in your home, you may wonder if going bigger is the better option. There certainly are many advantages of doing so, particularly more natural light that’s able to flood the room; but there are some drawbacks as well. Let’s take a look at the question: is bigger better when it comes to replacement windows?
Many homeowners decide to convert an existing window space, say a standard double hung, into a larger opening, such as a bay or bow window. This can transform the look and feel of a living room or other large space. Not only can window alterations improve your home’s appearance and value, they can add functionality and light.
Increasing the Size
Making adjustments to a window opening is easy when you have trained and skilled window installers on your side who can increase or decrease the size of the opening or fully reframe replacements. This is your best bet over a DIY job, due to the complexity and exceptional skill involved. Altering a window may affect the structure of your home, particularly if the window is located on a load-bearing wall. As such you need someone skilled in widening, shortening or creating openings for replacement windows.
Proper installation is critical, as a new size window can impact its performance, energy efficiency and durability. When you lack the proper installation, those windows could break down over time or fail to perform up to stated energy ratings.
Benefits of Bigger Windows
Whether you feel some rooms in your home are simply too dark or you’re looking to increase your views of the outside, there are many reasons to install larger windows:
- More natural sunlight
- More ventilation
- Better views of the outdoors thanks to larger glass surface area
- Beautiful focal point for any room
- Increase in home value and curb appeal
- More consistent comfort with lower monthly energy costs (when using energy efficient models)
Drawbacks of Larger Windows
While big windows certainly give you a wide panoramic view and more ventilation and aesthetics choices, they can come with some drawbacks too. In addition to the possibility of affecting the structure of the home, they can also pose energy efficiency problems if you’re not careful. Any time you increase the glass surface area, you’re increasing the amount of heat and cold loss you may experience. That’s why it’s important to choose the highest level of energy efficient windows possible.
Larger windows also take longer to clean, with more attention necessary for complex windows with many designs and angles. If you break a large window, the replacement costs will be higher, especially if it’s a unique specialty window.
Despite these reasons, though, larger windows make for a great investment. Ready to learn more? Call our experienced Rescom Exteriors team today at 508-832-5202.