At first the idea of renovating your bathroom seemed like the more simpler task amongst all the other rooms in the home until, you got down to the nitty gritty details. Even though it’s a smaller space, it definitely reaps just as much potential as any other room. There’s a lot to consider with the design and renovation of a bathroom such as lighting, design, humidity control, and of course the fun part, the decorative details. When it comes to the best bathroom windows designs, it shouldn’t be too much of a challenge if you already decided on the best energy-efficient options for your home and the rest of the windows. Here’s one thing to consider, the bathroom doesn’t particularly need as much energy-efficient qualities as the other rooms but it does need some high performing elements to it.
Since bathrooms is an area of the home that experiences higher levels of humidity from running showers and baths, it would be highly beneficial to have a window that opens to allow humidity to escape. Windows are great in bathrooms because it allows you to rely less on using a fan. It’s a small way to save on energy, but it’s still one way! Ventilating the room for at least 15-20 minutes a day is important to reduce humidity and prevent long term damage to your home, including one of the major concerns of poor ventilation in any area and that is the growth of mould. Humidity and warm environments is the perfect breeding ground for mould, viruses, and other harmful bacterias. Properly ventilating the space along with regular surface cleaning can be your best preventative measure against yucky mould.
In terms of the need for an energy efficient window for your bathroom, it is recommended for those of us living in inclimate weather conditions and harsh winter climates. You’ll want a window that keeps the warmest possible glass surface because the colder the glass, the faster your windows can develop condensation. If this is left on your window on very cold days, your windows can actually freeze shut becoming very difficult to open when needed. When shopping around for window types for your bathroom, ask a window expert about Health Smart Windows. These windows are built with some of the highest technological advances in the industry, it is built with a warm edge, a non-metallic spacer between the layers of glass to prevent condensation by keeping the temperature of the window surface as close to the temperature of your home as possible. It’s different from most standard windows because they are normally built with metal frames. The downfall to this is metal is constantly losing heat and this withdrawing heat from your windows. With Health Smart Windows they are built with the same metal frames as well however, it is sealed with a layer of foam underneath. This foam is not your average foam, it is made of superior insulating material called the Super Seal. It locks the heat from your home into the metal, which helps it keep the windows themselves warmer as well. Something to definitely consider!
Now let’s take a look at some of trending bathroom window designs that are both modern and embody a timeless design for many years to come:
Casement window with crank
Casement windows are a popular choice for practically any room in the home, even the bathroom. They operate with an easy open crank and open vertically with the hinges on the side (like a door). Having a casement window with a privacy window is ideal because when the window is open, much of the privacy is lost. When closed, these windows have a compression seal that creates an airtight seal and minimal heat loss.
Awning window with crank
Awning windows are the best choice for bathroom windows because you can have them open anytime, even in the rain without the water leaking right into your home. The open from the bottom, outwards with the hinges secured at the top of the frame, blocking any rain water from being able to flow inside the window opening. When closed, these windows have a compression seal that creates an airtight seal and minimal heat loss.
Although a slider window is not as efficient as a casement or awning window with an easy open crank, it is the most cost effective option. If you purchase your slider window from a quality manufacturer, it can still come with the energy-efficient qualities you will need for your bathroom. It still has the ability to open and properly ventilate the room. One thing to note about slider windows is that it relies on weather stripping in the tracks to properly insulate the window which can be prone to freezing and getting stuck in cold weather climates. In this case, consider an upgrade to Low-E glass to prevent this from happening.
Whenever you’re shopping for new replacement windows, there’s no harm in getting the helpful advice from the professionals. Get connected with a specialist at Clera Windows and Doors and get more information for your home. We’ll be happy to give you more insight on whether or not your current door frame system will be compatible with you brand new replacement door for many years to come. As a family run company since 1978, you can be assured that we understand and appreciate the importance of any home renovation project to your family. We’re in the business of providing comfort and security for households across Canada, and we couldn’t be more grateful for all the homes and families that have entrusted us with such an important decision to improve their home’s functionality and security. All of our fenestration installation technicians are rated by the Canadian Standards Association and our products are all ENERGYSTAR rated as well, so you know our work can be trusted. We’ve also taken home the “Top Choice Award” and are so confident in our craftsmanship that we include a written, lifetime factory warranty on our products. What this means for you is that you won’t have to buy another pesky replacement part again. Contact Clera Window and Doors today to find a specialist in your area and to book a free consultation.