How to Choose the Right Windows for Your Home Library

How to Choose the Right Windows for Your Home Library

November 21, 2022
Martin Whitmore, President of US Window & Door
home library window with curtain

You can truly call yourself lucky if you have the space to dedicate to creating a beautiful home library your entire family can enjoy. It's almost like having a little oasis for your spirit. A haven from the stresses of ordinary life and the outside world. However, when designing a home library, most people overlook one of its most important aspects - windows. That's why we've consulted window and door experts and found out how to choose the right windows for your home library.

When designing a dream home, there are thousands and thousands of details you need to think about. Choosing the right window style and color of the windows is a massive deal for any part of the home, especially your home library. Considering the variety of options, you can choose from, and the different benefits they all bring is not an easy task. However, with our help, you'll be able to narrow down your options and choose the right windows for your home library in no time! So let's get into it!

Choosing the Right Window Style

Let's say you have a minimalistic home and a simple, industrial-looking home library. To maintain that aesthetic, you need to find the right windows that match that style. Or, if you have a baroque-style house, adding simple black windows can end up looking cheap and mismatched with the rest of the interior. Even if you can somehow cover up your windows with curtains, it's much better not to rush into buying windows and find those that fit your style perfectly.

Tips to help you choose the right windows for your home library

One of the most noticeable aspects of your library, apart from the furnishings and decorations you pick, will be the windows. The library's windows have a significant effect on how the space is used as well as on the books' preservation.

Therefore, choosing the right library windows can better safeguard your books while preserving the room's functionality. But how to know what windows are the best for your home library, both in terms of functionality and style? Here's what you should consider in order to choose the right windows for your home library.

#1 Focus on the style

Your home's windows are a major design element and should complement the property's architectural style. Observe your home's architectural style to determine the best shape and design for your windows. There are certain windows that will fit more seamlessly into your home than others. 

Traditional homes benefit from double-hung windows and casement windows that swing open like doors. A contemporary home may benefit from sliding windows or large windows without muntins. Understanding how to choose the right windows for your home will help you maximize the visual impact of your home.

#2 Decide on the type of glass

One of the most important factors to decide on when choosing windows for any room is the type of glass. Technology advancements have greatly expanded the options available in window glass. Furthermore, you can choose between double-, triple-, or even quadruple-pane glass, as well as the distance between the panes.

modern home library and living room

The air between the panes of glass provides additional insulation to the window, not the number of panes of glass. Today, most manufacturers use inert gases (usual argon) between the panes to improve insulation.

  • Low Emissivity (Low-E) Glass: Low-E glass has a microscopically thin, virtually invisible layer of material on the surface of the glass that reduces the amount of heat that can flow through it.
  • Impact Resistant Glass: If you whack this glass with a baseball bat, it may crack, but it won't shatter and spread glass shards everywhere. Impact-resistant glass holds up beautifully under extreme weather conditions. A stray baseball won't leave you with a big mess to clean up, either.

#3 Pick a Strong Frame 

The frame supports your window, so it must be strong. Material primarily determines its characteristics, so you should know what options you have. It is the most common material because it is affordable and prevents heat transfer between the inside and outside. 

Some people prefer wood because of its natural appearance. However, it requires more maintenance and doesn't do well in water. Wood-clad vinyl and composite frames are available to give you a look you want without the drawbacks of wood. Hard-wearing aluminum and steel are also potential frame materials, but they may be more expensive.

#4. Access the Quality of Window

One rule of thumb when choosing windows is that you get what you pay for. Choosing a quality product made by a well-known company is more important than cost alone. Choose a window that will provide energy savings, ease of use, and low maintenance to last for a long time.

#5. Look at the Window Warranties 

In insulated glass windows, fogging between the panes is a common complaint, so carefully examine the warranties offered by the various manufacturers. An established company with a good reputation will serve you well in this situation. A company that has been around for a while will be more likely to be around if you need replacement parts or sashes in the future.

#6. Decide on the color of your windows

Both the interior and exterior of your home are affected by the color of your windows. 

The color of your window frame should complement the rest of your house. Select a window color that complements your exterior material.

Brick exteriors are traditionally paired with white window frames. Black and brown windows look best on stone exteriors. Remember - these rules aren't set in stone. Your house reflects your personal style. What kind of vibe do you want to convey? There are endless possibilities!

You can choose window frames that blend in or stand out based on your style. The white frames and light colors draw attention to the agricultural elements in the window. While dark shades blend more seamlessly with the glass, they create a visually smooth and cohesive appearance. Furthermore, dark shades contribute to a more modern appearance.

It's important to note, however, that these aren't the only options! Custom frames can be created by many frame manufacturers. It doesn't matter what color you envision; they can make it happen.

#7. Think about the finish when you choose windows

In addition to choosing the right color, you must also choose the right finish. The frames of windows can be made of vinyl, fiberglass, metal, or wood (which may be clad with aluminum or vinyl on the exterior). The weather stripping around the sashes of higher-quality (and generally more expensive) windows prevents air from entering. 

houe with home library with large windows

Aside from the standard offerings mentioned above, some manufacturers also offer fiberglass windows. Fiberglass is stronger, less prone to contracting and expanding, and less likely to warp than vinyl. By applying a hard finish at the factory, manufacturers anticipate that it will need to be protected by paint.

Wood is a beautiful material and an excellent insulator when it comes to both heat and cold resistance. Wood, however, requires considerable maintenance to maintain its natural appearance. Also, wood windows must be treated against moisture, movement, and rot in addition to periodic painting or staining.

Vinyl windows have become a popular choice among homeowners. It is virtually maintenance-free, provides excellent insulation, and is reasonably priced.

#8 Don't forget UV film protection

Have you ever seen a book with yellowed pages? Well, chances are, the book didn't look like that when it was printed. Instead, UV exposure over time caused the pages to change color. And it's not just pages that can get yellow. Covers can get faded and discolored after years of UV exposure, just like any other furniture exposed to light.

UV From our skin and eyes to furniture and hardwood floors, UV rays are hazardous and invisible. Your San Diego home can also be protected from UV rays by adding UV-blocking window film.

In addition to protecting you against 99.9 percent of the sun's harmful radiation, window films also let in useful visible light. By using UV-blocking window film, you can protect yourself from UV radiation without compromising the brightness of your interiors or the clarity of your windows.

That's why, when choosing the right windows for your home library, you should consider windows with UV film protection. These function nearly like a pair of sunglasses, shielding the space from damaging UV 

rays while letting in plenty of light. 

Best Types of Windows For Your Home Library

There are many types of replacement windows available to suit any home style or budget when it comes to your home library. A variety of window styles are available, each serving a different purpose.

Double Pane Windows

Similar to single-hung windows, double-hung windows have both lower and upper sashes that can tilt out for easy cleaning. These types of replacement windows come in a variety of sizes, materials, and custom options from all top manufacturers. 

With double- and single-hung windows, you won't have to worry about double- or single-hung windows bumping into each other or anything on the outside.

These classic windows provide good ventilation, can be cleaned easily, and are easier to replace than more unique window styles. If not properly maintained, double- and single-hung windows may not stay open as desired.

They make an excellent window choice for your home library since they provide great ventilation and are cost-effective to purchase.

Picture Windows

Whether you have a lush green backyard or a mountain range outside your home, the best way to fully enjoy your view is through large picture windows. A picture window can't be opened, but it is often paired with another window for flexibility and design. The large windows have no breaks or visible frames, so the view is unobstructed and beautiful.

fixed windows in luxury home with book shelf

With picture windows, you can enjoy the outside view without being obstructed, which can be a real wow factor. However, the downside is that there isn't any airflow with these windows. Having no opening mechanisms simplifies maintenance and ensures weathertight seals.

Bay Windows

The term "bay windows" describes windows that are grouped together to extend from the house, both functionally and aesthetically. This can create a bay or shelf on the inside. A bay window group consists of individual windows that meet at an angle. Window bows are similar to bay windows, but they are curved without angles between them.

A bay window adds an alluring view to your outside area, making it a great addition to your home library. They create a small shelf in a home by protruding from an exterior wall. The windows are built out of the home and set into an angled frame. The cost of installing a bay window is higher because it is a larger window that requires a skilled installer.

Round Windows

Round, half-round, elliptical, or oval—round circle windows come in a variety of shapes that add architectural interest to your home. Round windows, in particular, give your space a nod to historical décors, such as Victorian or Gothic architecture. In addition to picture and transom windows, half-round windows can add a complementary look to your home. Some manufacturers offer operable round windows for ventilation and design, although most are fixed. 

Final Thoughts

The right windows enhance any style of a home library, no matter how historical or contemporary it may be. It can be overwhelming, however, to choose the right windows for your home, given the variety of styles, materials, and features available. Furthermore, since this is an investment and new windows can last up to 20 years, doing some research before making a decision can help you avoid headaches later.

With our guide, you'll be confident in your ability to choose the right windows for your home library. If you have questions or need help installing these new windows into your home, US Window and Door can help. We're more than happy to help our clients find the best aluminum windows in San Diego!