One of the biggest trends in remodeling – both interior and exterior – is based on the concept of aging in place. Developers, designers, and architects are also making use of this idea when designing new homes. It’s based on the idea that you can stay in the home you love indefinitely, as you get older and possibly deal with physical impairments, if you make some improvements or changes. It includes things like wheelchair accessibility, lower counter heights, wider doorways, and more. One thing that shouldn’t be overlooked if you’re thinking about this when you are tackling home improvements is your windows.
Of course, for older Americans, not having to deal with the upkeep of things around the home is a major factor. So as you’re shopping for replacement windows, look for those with features that reduce or eliminate maintenance. Exterior cladding cuts out the need for periodic repainting or staining of the outside frames. Windows with tilt-in sashes make it easy to clean from inside your home, so no need to get out the ladder.
There are even windows that come with Neat® Glass, a coating that makes use of the sun’s UV rays to break up dirt and debris that hits your window glass. Rain striking the windows then washes it away. And since the water beads up, that means no water spots. And no more exterior window washing! (Some of the window companies we work with offer the Neat® Glass option. Click here for an informative video about this revolutionary glass option.) Other things to consider for your new windows are things like blinds or grids built in between the glass panes, which means no need for dusting or washing those.
But in addition to maintenance-free window frames and options that make it easier to care for your windows, you should also take into account the style of the window itself. The double-hung window – still the most popular style in American homes – can be difficult for older people to operate, especially if the window is over a sink or a counter. Sliding windows or crank-out casement windows are much easier to operate. Which one is right for your home? Take into account where the window is placed, because hardware placement will dictate what is better. Sliders usually have the locking mechanism half way up the frame, while casements have the lock and crank at the base of the window. Sliders work well on open walls, while casements would be preferable over a sink or counter. It’s a good idea to test the hardware before you order your windows, because some locks or cranks function more smoothly.
If it’s time for replacement windows in your home, consider choosing windows that will fit with aging in place. You’ll appreciate the benefits, no matter how young you are. After all, who couldn’t use windows that are easier to operate and easier to care for! Contact us today for a free in-home consultation. We can take a look at your home with you, discuss your needs, and make recommendations for energy-efficient replacement windows that will be the best choice for you and your home, regardless of how long you plan to live there.
Window Outfitters, Inc. is a licensed Minnesota home remodeling company. We specialize in energy-efficient exterior home improvements such as replacement windows. We serve the greater Twin Cities metro area.
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