When installing new windows in your house, different considerations need to be taken for the bathroom. As you know, the bathroom is the room that creates the most humidity and moisture in the house, therefore, air ventilation is one of the most important factors to take into account when choosing which style to install.
Aside from air ventilation, a big challenge you may face is how to create a sense of privacy whilst maintaining good, natural light. In this article, we’ll explore the different types of windows that work well in bathrooms and which one is best suited to yours.
Which window type is best for my bathroom?
In terms of material, vinyl windows are an unbeatable choice for maintaining and minimizing moisture. However, there are many different types of windows to choose from which offer different benefits. Below are five styles of vinyl windows that are commonly installed in bathrooms.
- Slider Windows
Slider windows create great air ventilation and are easy to open as they slide horizontally on a track and have the ability to be opened fully. Slider windows are particularly great for bathrooms as they are built with air sealing technology which reduces air infiltration and prevents water leakage. This helps to minimize the accumulation of inside moisture, which is essential for bathrooms.
Another great benefit of horizontal slider windows is the amount of natural light that their wide design provides. However, due to their size, this does mean that you need a significant amount of wall space to work with to enjoy their benefits.
- Casement Windows
Casement windows are both a common and easy to maintain choice for any room in the house. As well as giving your bathroom a sleek, modern look and feel, the outward opening of these windows allows good ventilation. Choosing casement windows for your window installation is also a very energy-efficient choice. This is because the insulated glass prevents heat loss in the winter and reflects the sun’s rays outwards in the summer.
- Awning Windows
If your bathroom is on the smaller size, awning windows are a great option as they are typically smaller than other styles and are usually placed higher up. This window placement is also great for creating much-needed privacy.
Aside from this, awning windows swing open outwards allowing great air circulation to the room. This reduces the reliance on fan extraction, therefore they are also an energy-efficient choice.
- Picture Windows
If your bathroom faces out towards hills, the ocean or your garden, and is away from prying eyes, then a picture window could beautifully transform the room. If you are fortunate enough to have breathtaking views from your bathroom, then picture windows can open up the room completely, creating a bright and spacious environment.
One thing to note with picture windows is that they do not open, therefore, a picture window alone offers poor air circulation and ventilation. If you choose to install a picture window, ensure you have good fan extraction and consider installing a second, smaller window that opens.
- Skylight Windows
If your bathroom is on the top floor or in the attic, then skylight windows are a great choice. These ceiling windows can transform a standard bathroom into a private sanctuary with amazing sky views, whilst allowing in a lot of natural light.
Strategically positioning these windows above your bathtub will provide you with beautiful views of the night sky whilst taking a relaxing soak before bed. The outward opening of these windows also provides great ventilation and air circulation.
When installing your bathroom windows you will likely want to choose privacy glass. There are different types of privacy glass available. The three types that Barrie window installation offers are satin, frosted and glue chip, all of which are low maintenance options. Privacy glass is a preferred choice to curtains or blinds as these fabric window coverings tend to absorb moisture and do not dry out fully.
If the space of your bathroom allows it, then installing a combination of the styles above is a smart choice. This will ensure that you create a room with good ventilation and moisture control, whilst increasing the amount of natural light that enters the room.
Understanding the styles available to you when installing new bathroom windows will allow you to create the look and feel that you desire, whilst controlling air moisture, creating privacy and maintaining good natural light.