The beach communities are home to architecture that has a rich history. On California streets, anywhere from Venice to Santa Monica, you’ll see Neoclassical, Spanish Mission, Georgian and English home styles. However, many of these older homes are in need of repair due to years of wear and tear. Window replacement is often the most common home repair project.
If you’re thinking about replacing the windows in your home, it’s important to keep in mind that the current windows are part of your house’s architecture. The windows were selected based on the structural style of your home. Ideally, you should have the windows rebuilt in their original style, or close to it. This can increase the value of your home when it’s time to sell. However, getting windows in the original style for the remodel isn’t always possible or practical. So, if you need a more cost-effective solution, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Keep the Windows Plain
If your original windows are understated and plain, keep the new windows that way. In many cases, windows are plain to draw more attention to the architectural details of the house. If you get windows with new features like muntins or panels, it can make your home appear disconnected. Also, if your windows had certain features like casements, make sure the new windows have casements as well.
Choose the Right Materials
When it comes to paintable versus vinyl windows, it’s best to spend a little extra money and purchase the paintable variety. It’s alright for extremely plain homes to have white windows, which are the cheapest vinyl windows available. Usually, it’s best to go with dark brown or black. White windows are very stark against brick or stucco and could lower the value of your home.
If you’re not sure what to do when it comes to window replacements, get some reliable recommendations from family and friends, or ask a professional for assistance to keep your home looking its best.