Are you thinking about getting new kitchen windows as part of a renovation project or important update to your home? You're probably wondering what type of windows are the best for your kitchen space. Kitchen windows may have several extra duties depending on your kitchen design and how you use it, which makes this decision a particularly important one. We're going to help out by recommending several of the best window options, and just why they work well for different types of kitchens!
Bay and Garden Windows
Bay windows and garden windows are famous for adding three-dimensional space to the window while creating some extra space. They offer more panoramic views of the outdoors, which makes them especially suitable for windows facing gardens or other beautiful views.
In other areas of the home, bay windows are often used to provide extra shelf space, or are used as part of a window seating area. In the kitchen, bay windows typically provide valuable indoor growing space for herbs and other plants. If you love fresh herbs and growing projects in your kitchen, this could be an ideal choice.
Bay windows do have their limits, however. It is less likely that you will be able to open bay windows to encourage airflow, which may be an important goal for your kitchen. They are also more difficult to clean than other types of windows, and they aren't a great idea for a "splatter zone" where oils and ingredients may need to be cleaned up regularly. Because they require a longer reach than most windows, they also aren't great windows for placing behind the sink, where they might be difficult to reach depending on your counter space.
Sliding windows are excellent for airflow. Ventilation tends to be especially important in kitchens. In warmer months, kitchens can quickly overheat when you use the oven and other appliances. In other situations, you may be creating a lot of steam, smoke, or smells that your oven range fan can't easily take remove. A window you can quickly open to add extra airflow is valuable in these circumstances.
Sliding windows are just that: they slide swiftly open and closed and are locked with a basic latch. They are effortless to operate, affordable to install, and are a good choice throughout the kitchen. They're a great choice for behind kitchen sinks, as they are easy to reach and quick to clean when necessary.
Since sliding windows are so simple, there aren't many downsides to choosing this option. You may find that sliding windows aren't quite the style you want if you have a very specific vision, and they don't add extra space like a bay window, but otherwise, this is a very strong choice. Just remember to keep your weatherstripping in good shape!
A double-hung window is similar to a sliding window, but instead of sliding sideways, it can slide either up or down, giving you a choice about which part of the window you want to open. This is simply a more versatile option that you may prefer in your kitchen. Double-hung models also tend to work better in smaller spaces where there isn't quite enough room for a sliding window, or in areas that favor a vertical window instead of a horizontal window.
A casement window uses a crank to open the window outward at an angle. At first this may not seem like a major difference, but this way of opening the window encourages a high amount of airflow, which is ideal for airing out your kitchen quickly. Casement windows can fit in many different spaces and are simple to operate; some people just prefer the way they work. Keep in mind that a casement window can't easily be screened, so it's not advisable to leave open for long periods of time in case bugs and other small creatures wander near.
If you're feeling ambitious, you may want to consider installing a sliding patio door over a nearby deck or patio. This is a particularly popular option for homes that have the room for it. On warmer days, it makes eating outside (and cleanup afterward) a breeze, and provides an alternative way to access the house when necessary—either to save time, or to protect carpets from dirty feet. Of course, this is also a significantly larger project than installing a window, so it's important to make sure it's right for you!
Do you have any more specific questions about kitchen windows or what will work well with your space? Contact Paskar Construction today to ask a question or get a free estimate.