The exterior of a home is as important as its interiors. While it is true that going by appearances is not a good idea, most of us still, in fact lend a lot of credibility to exteriors. Think of the last time you went to visit a friend’s house for the first time or some travelling stay home. We always end up measuring the people who live in a house based on how their home looks from a distance.
For all we know a house might look just plain awful from outside and look like a king’s palace on the inside. That is not going to cut. It is important that the outside looks the best it can look. We are not suggesting that you make your home look like a hotel from the outside and ignore the insides. The idea we are trying to propagate is that there should be an equal amount of time spent on home improvement of your exteriors as well as interiors.
Windows And Doors
When it comes to exteriors, it comes down to the garden, garden furniture, the walls, windows and doors. Gardens are something that need and receive maintenance almost every day or on a weekly basis. If you don’t do this, the garden is going to die and no one wants that. The walls, once constructed, rarely need any maintenance, though you may have to readjust the paint every once in a while.
That brings us to the main topic of discussion, the windows and doors. On a practical note, it is not possible to change the way your walls look, unless you rebuild the entire house. However, what is possible is that windows and doors can be changed and replaced as and when you desire.
There are two reasons when you will think of replacing these two. Either they are too old, or, they have simply gone out of fashion and you want to do some home improvement to get your home styling up to speed. There is also a secret, third reason why you may wish to replace your windows and doors. Sometimes it so happens that when you moved in, your budget did not allow for a grand set of windows and doors. Now, times are better and you are swimming in more money. Hence, there is now enough room in your budget to get a better set of windows and doors.
When discussing windows and doors, they are usually treated as the same. The way we see it, a window is mostly a shortened door as it is. So the designs and mechanisms available in doors are usually available in windows and vice versa.
Essentially, you are looking for some current designs in windows and doors.
Currently, there are four types of window designs that are considered trendy – casement windows, tilt & turn windows, sash windows and timber based windows. Each of these styles bring with them a modern feel about them while ensuring that all the practical benefits of windows – energy efficiency, safety etc. are in place.
Our personal favorite among all these window designs is the casement type of windows. There are some things about this type of window which makes it endearing for large and small homes alike. All casement windows come with double glazing and this means enhanced protection from a security perspective and a weather perspective. You get added security from an intruder, which is a critical necessity, and you get extra protection from weather elements. Of course, the casement windows look ravishing from a distance with their wide length appearance and how they blend in with your house walls.
Moving on to the doors, the currently trending doors are patio doors, French doors, sentry doors and residential doors. If you have taken our advice about going with the casement windows, then the perfect partner for that design has to be the French doors. In many ways, French doors almost look like elongated versions of casement windows. They have the same appearance, which helps you maintain a consistent theme across your windows and doors.
As with most doors that are sold today from reputed vendors, French doors are certified against intrusion. Keeping in line with this understanding, they come with the best, easy to use locking mechanisms. Thanks to its popularity, you can find different kind of locks that can be installed along with the French doors, just in case you are not happy with the default set of locks that come with the design.