It’s impossible to stress the importance windows and doors have to a building’s curb appeal, especially if that building is a home. Windows that are narrow, small or hard to see or doors that are hidden or in place they’re not expected must be compensated for by some interesting architectural structure that lets the visitor know that the building is a place of human habitation and not a storage facility. It’s been a long time since widows and doors were simply openings in a building to let in air and light, let out smoke and keep out intruders.

Doors

The door should hint at the personality of the household and echo something of the house’s overall decor. When it comes to style, the two main types of doors are paneled and smooth surfaced. Both can have windows or other decorative features. Paneled doors are more often seen with traditional houses. Doors can be made out of a solid material like wood or steel or can have a hollow core.

Dutch doors, which are divided into two halves that open separately, are not as strong as solid doors and are best used at the back of the house as a patio or backyard entryway. Doors called French windows, which have multiple panes of glass, are gracious doors that open to garden rooms, patios or different areas inside the house. Sliding or barn doors are also good solutions for interior doors, as are folding doors, which have a middle hinge to save space. Accordion doors are made of pleated fabric and are good to place over closets.

Windows

There are more types of windows than doors but the type of window and where it is placed in a house is even more important, for the amount of light that comes into the building, the style of the building and for safety. Indeed there are local codes that control the size and the type of window that can be placed, say, in the basement. Energy bills also come into consideration, so nowadays most windows have an arrangement of insulating glass panes. Types of windows include casement windows that open in or out, double-hung sash windows, large and elegant bay/bow windows or jalousies with glass louvers that open and close.

When To Replace Windows

Window replacement should be considered when the frames start to rot because water has penetrated them and if the homeowner sees condensation between panes of insulated glass. If the house was built before the 1980s, the homeowner should have an expert come in and check to see if the window frame contains either lead paint or asbestos before it is taken out. Of course, some homeowners simply replace old windows because they want a new look, but they should be prepared to pay for it!