Summer is just around the corner, and filling your home with natural light can make a world of difference on those bright summer evenings.
Winter is over and that means we all come out of hibernation, open the blinds, and look to bring the outside in. While smaller, shuttered windows can be cozy in the colder months, once the spring rolls around, you’ll be wanting a lot more light in your home.
So how do you maximize the sunlight you’re getting inside?
We’ve created a list of our favourite window styles to not only beautify your space, but maximize summer rays as well.
Specialty Shape Windows
If your home is filled with history and character and you’re keen to stay true to the original time of your home, we recommend designing specialty shaped windows. They’re a great way to maintain the heart of your house while saving energy and maximizing light.
Several older homes feature interesting bedroom designs, home bars or other home features– so why not add a window complementing those features? Dependent on the shape of the room in which your looking to install new windows, you could even install something to highlight existing lines. Some shapes include a hexagon, circle top, octagon, ellipse, cathedral or ovall.
If you’re unsure of what will look best, you can always research window styles that will fit the build of your home, and create visuals with virtual design programs. Our goal here at Clera Windows is to create the best possible fit for you and your personal needs!
Awning windows are one of the best window styles in terms of home ventilation and the maximization of light.
These windows are unique from others as they swing out from the bottom and can properly ventilate spaces–even when it’s raining or snowing. Awning windows are a popular choice for homes as they can be easily installed, and operate by just turning the crank handle.
Awning windows are developed with a large glass panel to maximize light entering a home. If you’re shopping around for an awning window, try to source a window with energy advantage hard coat low emissivity glass as it caters well to Canadian climates.
If you’ve installed an awning window in your bathroom, you can easily ventilate post-shower steam by swinging it open. We offer wet glazed windows with a co-extruded exterior seal for maximum leak protection and maintenance of structural integrity. Additionally, our awning windows in Toronto have compression seals which enable the window seal to be airtight.
Double Lift Out Slider Vinyl Windows
Double lift out slider vinyl windows are created with two side-by-side sashes (moveable panels). They offer incredible versatility, and designs with clean lines–it’s no wonder that they’re the most common choice for windows in Toronto.
If you live in a heavily wooded area, Double lift out slide windows are an ideal alternative to out-swinging windows as they won’t obstruct any form of landscaping. With this window style, you can control the amount of air entering your home by sliding the window.
Here at Clera Windows, we’ve developed our double lift out slider windows with additional features to make ensure they are a cut above the rest! One of these features include drainage flaps that keep insects and wind outside. Furthermore, the flaps only open if there is actually water that needs to be drained–we don’t just put holes in our flaps without purpose like some of our competitors. Other special features include built-in accessory grooves,safety latches, double-walled, full length integrated pull-rails, and recessed finger latches.
Bay and Bow
The grandeur element of bay and bow windows stem from its rounded half moon shape placed large glass panels combined with its angular depth. As a result, these windows can illuminate any room, creating a gorgeous centrepiece for any home.
The “bay” portion of bay and bow windows are three-panel windows projecting from a home’s interior walls, anywhere from 18 to 30’’. The attached end units are typically casement windows which not only contribute to the picturesque aesthetic, but open outwards to ventilate spaces.
Featured in the centre of the installment, bow windows don’t have the same angular look. Instead, bow windows in Toronto can be slightly curved and are built with 4 or 5 windows.
The Value of Energy Efficient Windows
On top of maximizing light, it’s important to maximize energy efficiency too.
Investing in energy-efficient materials and products can be on the expensive side, but it also has the ability to save you some cash you in the long run. Optimizing energy efficiency within your house can be executed in a number of ways, including installing new windows in Toronto.
The Natural Resources Department of Canada stated, “Windows, doors and skylights can be a significant source of energy loss in your home – up to 35%.” To combat this energy loss, our energy efficient products were developed in house not only to maximize energy efficiency and reduce wasted energy, but to cut down on costs for our customers! Energy Star rated products can save up to 8 percent on your energy bills, and that can certainly add up over time.
After you’ve finally selected the window style that works best for you, be sure to work with a reputable company that will install them. We recommend using a window installation checklist as they are being installed to ensure your windows in Toronto will last . Here at Clera Windows, we prioritize creating high quality products to help our customers live beautifully, efficiently, and happily!
If you’re thinking about taking the plunge on new windows in Toronto, contact Clera today and we’ll help you get started.