The words “modern” and “contemporary” interchangeably describe homes that follow minimalist sensibilities with angular shapes and clean lines. Accordingly, their window replacement styles should follow the same design sensibilities – fewer lines and bigger glass areas. We recommend the following window styles for your contemporary home.
Picture Windows – Picture windows are a staple of contemporary architecture and are the most energy-efficient window style, thanks to their lack of moving parts. This style is essentially glazing attached to a frame. Picture windows are designed to “frame” a view like a picture, hence the name. Window walls often consist of several large picture windows, combined with operable windows for ventilation. If you’re concerned about heat gain from the increased natural light, we offer glazing with Low-E coatings, which block unwanted ultraviolet (UV) and infrared rays while letting visible light through as if it’s clear glass.
Sliding Windows – Sliding windows are yet another staple of contemporary homes and are ideal for spaces that wouldn’t accommodate hinged windows. The window sashes rest on rollers at the bottom of the frame, which means you can choose bigger window replacement sizes, something that might not be possible with hinged windows.
Casement Windows – Casement windows are the most energy-efficient operable window style; the sashes press against the window frames when closed, whereas other window styles have sashes that slide on tracks. It is also the most efficient window style when it comes to ventilation as the outswinging sashes allow for the use of 100% of the window area.
Box Bay Windows – Many homeowners associate bay windows with traditional architecture, but box bay windows certainly won’t look out of place in contemporary homes. The sides are perpendicular to the main window, creating a box-like protrusion that can be used as a window seat, extended storage or display space. It can even be built oriel style (i.e. the protrusion doesn’t touch the ground), which makes it perfect for homes with limited floor areas. We can build custom window sizes, so you can have any replacement window style without needing to modify your home’s existing structure.
To find out more about our contemporary window replacement options, call Kiernan Remodeling and Design Inc. today at (941) 981-7744. Use our contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation quote at your home or business. We are located in Bradenton, FL, and serve nearby areas, including Palmetto and Sarasota.