Choosing the right bathroom window can be a tricky task. You want the window to be large enough to let in plenty of light and ventilation, but small enough to maintain your privacy.
The bathroom is a unique place in your home as it deals with a large amount of moisture. As a result, many homeowners complain about mold, and unfortunately, selecting the wrong window or having a window improperly installed can make the situation worse. Bathroom windows must also do a good job of insulating the room, so the temperature doesn’t drastically differ from the rest of the house.
The fastest and easiest way to make a bathroom appear larger is to add in more light, and the best way to do this is with natural light versus artificial. The bigger the bathroom window, the more light will flood in.
Proper ventilation is vital for your bathroom. Even if you have an excellent ventilation system in your home, it may not be enough to keep all of the moisture out of your bathroom completely.
When choosing new windows for your bathroom, consider installing a small-hinged pane in the window for extra ventilation. Allowing plenty of fresh air to enter your bathroom can do wonders in keeping your bathroom nice and dry.
Ease of Cleaning and Maintenance
Another factor to keep in mind when choosing new windows for your bathroom is to consider options that make it easier to keep clean and maintain. Bathroom windows will likely need to be cleaned more frequently than other windows in your home, so you’ll want to choose durable windows that don’t require a lot of maintenance and aren’t difficult and labor intensive to clean.
When it comes to the windows in your bathroom, pay extra attention to the window materials. Bathroom windows are exposed to a great deal of moisture and humidity, which means wooden or aluminum window frames are likely not the best choice.
For your bathroom, choose water resistant materials, such as vinyl or fiberglass. Both of these materials are relatively easy to clean and maintain, while still offering plenty of moisture resistant properties.
One of the biggest concerns homeowners have when it comes to their bathroom windows is privacy. While the majority of the windows in your home are completely transparent, this isn’t ideal or even practical when it comes to the bathroom. Therefore, when choosing new windows, consider ones with frosted, texture, stained, or seeded glass options. Glass comes in a variety of different styles to suit your taste, including glass blocks. You also have the option to install a privacy film on the window. There are also options for varying degrees of transparency. For example, you might consider making the bottom half of your window opaque, while keeping the top half clear, or putting a transom, or moon shaped window above a larger textured window. A simple option is to purchase blinds or curtains to give you additional privacy, but remember, those materials must also be water resistant in order to prevent mold and mildew formation.
Need Help With Your Bathroom Window Design?
If you’re interested in purchasing new windows for your bathroom, contact the local window installation experts at Armorvue Home Exteriors today. We’ll ensure that your new windows exceed your expectations, and we’re setting up virtual appointments, so let’s talk today!