The type of windows that you choose for your cottage will greatly impact the overall experience of staying in that cottage. Typically, cottages are cozy homes that are often used for recreational (and/or residential) purposes in rural or sub-rural areas. Usually, cottages are situated somewhere with spectacular views, out in nature – whether it’s beside a lake, in the woods, on a mountain, and etc.
Most cottage owners are looking to install windows that take full advantage of these sceneries. But more than maximizing the view, you’d also want cottage windows that allow you to save energy and are robust enough to save you from costly maintenance. But on top of all this, there are plenty more factors to consider.
If you are reading this, you’re probably determined to get nothing but the very best for your cottage. So whether you are looking for new cottage windows or cottage window replacements, you’re in the right place – because this guide will help you zero-in on the best choice.
Let’s dive right in!
Step 1: Plan For Each Space
It is important to consciously plan for each space of your cottage where you would want to have the cottage window. Here are a few things to take into consideration:
- What is the purpose of the room? Is it a space for doing hobbies, relaxing, or growing plants?
- How much natural light and ventilation do you need for this part of the cottage?
- How much privacy do you need for this part of the cottage?
- Is there a beautiful view that you should be highlighting in this part of the cottage?
Determining all of the above will help you in choosing the type of window that you will need as well as the sizes and the placements.
You can even take the extra step of exploring possibilities. Do you have enough windows? There could be windowless areas of your cottage that will benefit from having a window or two. For this, feel free to derive inspiration from our article about 5 Unique Places to Use Windows.
Step 2: Choose The Type of Window
At this stage, you already know where you want the windows in your cottage and you may already have an idea of what an ideal window type could look like for any given space. To help you make the vision clearer, let’s explore the different window types!
It is important to choose the right cottage window type because it will impact the following:
- The amount of sunlight that you will get in the room
- The amount of fresh air or ventilation you will get
- How much you will be able to maximize the view outside
- Whether or not you can keep water out when there is light rain – with the window still open
- The ease of cleaning the windows
Here are your options:
Casement windows have a sash (panel) that is hinged on the side and opens horizontally. The main advantage of this type of window is that it allows for full ventilation from top to bottom of the window opening.
Awning windows have a sash (panel) that is hinged at the top and opens outwardly from the bottom of the window. The main advantage of this is that it gives full ventilation from the entire window opening and it can even be left open during light rain – because the water is deflected by the panel. These are also an ideal choice for windows that are located on the roof because of the angle that the window has.
Hung windows are classic and are common in many homes. These windows have two sashes (panels). A single hung window means that only the bottom sash can be slid upwards. Meanwhile, a double-hung window means that both the top and bottom sash can slide vertically and freely.
Most of these windows now have a tilting mechanism for the sashes so that they can be cleaned more easily from the inside – which is an advantage to having these windows. Another advantage is that they are nonobstructive to the area outside the window (since the panels do not slide out) – therefore, they are ideal for areas that are facing porches or walkways.
Slider windows are like hung windows but with a horizontal configuration. This means that the sashes (panels) slide horizontally to open the window. A single slider window means that only one of the two sashes can move. Meanwhile, a double slider window means that both sashes can move horizontally and freely.
Similar to hung windows, slider windows have the advantage of being easy to clean from the inside thanks to the tilting mechanism. Also, they are nonobstructive to the outside area of the window, which also makes these windows ideal for areas that are facing porches or walkways.
End vent slider windows have two side sashes (panels) that can slide towards the middle fixed center. The main advantage of this window type is the cross-ventilation that it allows thanks to the moving side sashes – while also having an unobstructed view in the middle.
Moreover, the end vent slider window is unobstructed to the area outside because the sashes do not open outwardly. This makes it another good choice for areas that are facing a walkway or porch – with the added advantage of more light and more view.
Bay windows and bow windows are projection windows. This means that both window types are composed of multiple panels that form a structure that protrudes from the exterior wall. The only difference between the two is the shape. Bay windows form a trapezoidal shape protruding from the exterior wall while bow windows form a gentle curve.
The main advantages of these window types are the extra area that they give and of course, the extra sunlight that they allow into the room. From the outside, these types of windows also give a more luxurious look to any type of dwelling.
Fixed windows do not open at all and serve only to let in sunlight and/or to showcase a view. The simplicity of this window allows for it to be made in larger sizes, allowing for more natural light to enter the room.
Specialty windows are custom-made. These can come in various shapes like circles, semicircles, ovals, hexagons, and so on. These are commonly fixed windows but because they are customized, there are plenty of possibilities to explore. The main advantage of specialty windows over the other types is the aesthetic value they bring to your cottage.
Step 3: Choose Your Glass & Window Material
You’ve got your chosen window type set and now it’s time to determine the glass you will need and the material of your window. Since choices may be overwhelming enough, in this section, we’ll go straight to recommendations and why we think these are the best choices for your cottage windows.
The kind of glass you have on your windows will affect the following:
- How much energy your windows can save you
- How well your skin, furniture, and fabric are protected from UV rays
- The amount of privacy you have
Meanwhile, the material of the window itself will determine how much maintenance your window would need.
Low-E glass is a product of extensive glass innovation that helps to block out UV rays that can cause skin damage and fade materials like furniture and fabric. Additionally, this type of glass is also energy-efficient. It helps to keep the heating/cooling energy inside the cottage – thereby reducing your energy costs.
To have more privacy, you have the option to make Low-E glass obscured. This way, light can still penetrate the glass but is not see-through. This would be great for bathrooms or any room in the cottage that needs extra privacy. The only downside is that it will interfere with the view.
To get the best of both worlds, cottage owners can opt to frost only portions of the glass while leaving some parts to be clear.
Quality vinyl windows provide insulation in the frame of the window itself, making it the best material to compound the energy-saving capacity of low-E glass. Vinyl windows also have the advantage of being maintenance-free because they never need painting or scraping. As long as they are cleaned regularly, they can stay fresh as the day that you had them installed. Quality vinyl windows are also highly durable, having the potential to last 20-30 years or more.
Step 4: Choose a Trusted Manufacturer
Here at Clera Windows + Doors, we give you nothing but the best. We’ve been in the business of designing and manufacturing windows and doors for the past 41 years. Along the way, we have gathered awards as well as industry recognition. And because we sell and install only what we’ve manufactured ourselves, we can assure you of the best quality along with the best price. We are so confident in our products that we offer the industry’s most comprehensive, non-prorated, transferable lifetime warranty.
So if you’re ready to get the best windows for your cottage, contact us today and let’s get started!