The Best Windows for a Lake House
By: Architectural Visions
A lake house is a place for relaxation, comfort, and a backdrop for family memories. Taking in the tranquil views is one of the most essential elements of a lake house, so having the best windows installed will help highlight the water, greenery, sky, and beyond. Read on to learn more about the best types of windows for a lake house.
- Windows in a lake house should frame the outdoor scenery so you always feel like you’re outside, regardless of your location.
- Selecting moisture and humidity-resistant windows will keep your windows and framing in the best condition, long-term.
- Energy efficient windows can ensure your lake house feels more comfortable during hot summers and cold winters.
- No matter how beautiful the views are, there may be times you want privacy, so don’t forget to budget window coverings into your project cost.
Highlight the views
Lake house living is all about taking a deep breath, enjoying the scenery, and relaxing — whether it’s a 48-hour weekend getaway, or for the entire summer. Enjoying these views both outside and inside can be made possible with the right set of windows. Windows in a lake house should frame the outdoor scenery, so you feel like you’re outside, regardless of your location. Consider these windows a picture frame for the exterior views. Floor-to-ceiling scenic windows, door walls, picture windows, or bay or bow windows can help bring the feeling of nature indoors.
Lake houses can often be prone to moisture due to the proximity to large bodies of water. Selecting a window system that is moisture and humidity resistant will keep your windows and framing in the best condition, long-term. This means that fiberglass framing may be the best choice rather than wood framing. Fiberglass can offer a wood-like look without the potential for moisture damage.
Embrace energy efficiency
Energy efficient windows can reduce your home’s energy costs, ensure your lake house feels more comfortable during hot summers and cold winters, boast long-term performance, and cost-efficient. These windows typically have two to three panes of glass windows, providing insulation and blocking heat transfer. They can also reduce the sun’s glare and decrease sun damage to your furniture. Installing energy efficient windows in your lake house will save money long-term, as they will help save on energy costs. In addition, because of weather stripping, which goes along the edges of the window, energy efficient windows have a seal that keeps drafts out. The easiest way to determine if your windows are energy efficient is to look for an ENERGY STAR label.
No matter how beautiful the exterior views are, there may be a time you want privacy from the outside or need additional coverage from the midday sun. This is especially true if you have beautiful, large picture windows. Don’t forget to budget the window coverings in your project cost as you plan to install windows. Whether you use automated shades, plantation shutters, Roman shades, or curtains, window treatments will provide additional privacy and an important interior design element to the room.
Avoid feeling overwhelmed about choosing the suitable material for your lake house windows by contacting the experts at AVI. AVI is your one-stop shop to browse, select, and install your next aluminum or fiberglass door or window with both in-person and online service options.
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