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Finding the Right Size Window for a Room

June 8th, 2021 | 2 min. read

Finding the Right Size Window for a Room

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When it’s time for window installations around your home, many homeowners don’t realize how many different options there are and the number of decisions you’ll have to make.

It’s more than a question about that type of window closing system you want to use or whether you’re interested in energy-efficient or vinyl windows. It’s about figuring out the specifics of the products you choose. 

Take, for example, the size of the windows in your home.

Window size probably isn’t something you give a lot of thought to, but it’s a choice that takes significant consideration. Thankfully, however, if you’re confused about which sizes to pick, Southwest Exteriors is the leading window company to help guide you through the process.

Before you purchase just any window replacements, consider the following factors.

The Overall Look of Your Home

It’s not unusual to strictly think of your home’s windows as a part of its exterior. In fact, many of the customers we work with at Southwest Exteriors decide to undertake window installations as a way of updating their home’s curb appeal.

Before making a final decision, though, make sure to consider how the windows will look on the inside, as well, and decide whether they will work with your existing floor plan.

Window Head Height

There aren’t usually black and white rules about what you can and can’t do inside (or outside) your home when it comes to window measurements. There are, however, particular things you might want to consider.

For instance, did you know that the more room between your ceiling and the head of your window, the less natural light you will have inside that particular area? So if you’re dealing with an area that’s already dark, this is something to keep in mind.

Window Sill Height

Based on the International Residential Code, it’s required that every bedroom in any home have at least one egress window that has a maximum sill height of 44”. If you like the idea of including non-operable windows, such as picture windows or floor-to-ceiling windows inside your bedroom or other areas of your home, there is no sill height required.

Window-Height Ratios

Determining what size windows you want based on the overall height of the room is more of an aesthetic choice than anything else. It is worth considering, however, the overall feel of your home. Continuous windows, for example, might look out of place in a traditional-style home but would be the ideal option for modern architecture. Likewise, grilles aren’t usually found in modern-style homes but are a popular choice for traditionalists.

One piece of advice Southwest Exteriors usually offers, however, is that if you’re adding grilles to wide windows, make sure the grilles are taller than they are wide.

Do You Want Help Choosing the Best Window Sizes for Your Home?

Are you still concerned that you’ll end up picking window sizes that are disproportionate to your home’s individual needs? No worries! Give Southwest Exteriors a call today or fill out our online form to learn more about our industry-leading window company and to get a free quote on our window replacements.