What You Need to Know About Bathroom Replacement Windows
Does your bathroom need new windows? This room is a unique space with needs like no other room in your home. From privacy to moisture issues, take a look at what you know about replacement bathroom windows.
Bathroom Windows and Moisture
Unlike your bedroom or living room, your bathroom is a damp environment. Between soaks in the tub and long showers, it’s likely the room’s humidity will cause moisture issues for everything in it. This can result in condensation or sweating on your windows.
What do you need to consider when it comes to moisture, humidity, and replacement windows in your bathroom? While you might not completely eliminate the issue, you can reduce condensation and sweating if you:
- Choose multi-pane windows. The temperature and humidity differences between the indoor and outdoor air can result in condensation. A multi-pane window can reduce this effect.
- Use insulated glass. Multi-pane windows have gas between each piece of glass. This insulates the window and can help to fight condensation and sweating.
- Use storm windows. If you don’t want to replace the entire window, the addition of a storm window adds protection and can decrease the likelihood of moisture-related issues.
If you still see condensation or your windows sweat, talk to a glass professional about how you can remedy the issue. Failure to stop constant moisture can result in mold or other damage. In some cases, you may need to install a new ventilation system or a fan to move the hot, humid air out of the room quickly.
Bathroom Windows and Privacy
Even if moisture isn’t a major issue in your bathroom renovation project, privacy may well be. The bathroom is a private space that you don’t want outsiders to see into. This issue can make window design and placement a challenge for some homeowners — especially if you have a window in your shower.
How can you add privacy to this space? As you consider window replacement options think about:
- Glass blocks. This type of window won’t allow you to truly see out. But it also won’t allow other people to see in.
- Frosted glass. A frosted film can add visual interest and obscure the view from the outside.
- Textured glass. This type of glass adds texture that makes it more difficult to see into the room.
Some bathroom window designs don’t mesh well with a frosted or textured glass choice. If you prefer a plain pane, you still have options. Read on for more information on non-frosted/non-textured alternatives that work well in bathroom spaces.
Bathroom Windows and Light
How can you navigate the fine line between privacy and letting the natural light in? Even though you want to create a sense of privacy, your home décor doesn’t have to stop at the bathroom door. The ability to use natural light or connect the outdoor and indoor spaces can provide an added aesthetic option in your overall home décor scheme.
Whether you want to open up the bathroom space with the addition of natural light or your goal is to create a tranquil, spa-like area that brings nature into the room, you can:
- Use a picture window. A larger picture window is ideal for homes with private yards. This option lets plenty of light in and creates a bright, airy, spa-like space.
- Use shutters. What happens if you want privacy and your plain pane doesn’t allow for it? Shutters are an easy option that you can quickly open or close.
- Use roll-down blinds. This option allows you to roll the window treatment up and hide it from sight. But when you want privacy, simply roll it down and wall off the window.
A skylight is another option that allows you to let the light in without compromising privacy. This architectural alternative can brighten a room naturally.
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