If you are planning a bathroom window replacement project, there are a few things to consider. Since bathrooms and showers are an area of increased humidity, you need at least one operable window. This way, you reduce your reliance on fans or extractors. Poor ventilation in your bathroom can lead to mold growth and bad odors.
The ideal bathroom window should ventilate the space while also letting in lots of natural light and maintaining privacy. Here are some of the important considerations to keep in mind when choosing a bathroom window.
Clear windows are not a great idea for your bathroom. After all, you want to maintain your privacy. As such, you should consider frosted, seeded, stained or textured glass for your windows. A privacy film on the window, which makes the window more opaque, is also a smart solution. There are also many options for different kinds of transparency. You may want to make the bottom half of the window opaque while keeping the top half clear, for example. A clear transom window above a larger textured window is one of the most popular designs.
Most bathrooms are on the small side. Adequate lighting can make your space look bigger, which is why you need windows that allow large amounts of natural light. The bigger the window you install, the more sunlight you let inside. However, don’t forget to consider privacy. Make sure the window glass isn’t on the clear side but has enough opacity to still bring in copious amounts of natural light.
As with transparency and size, the placement of your bathroom windows is a major factor in privacy. Windows placed higher on the walls provide more privacy than those at head height. In addition to that, the shape of the window also matters. A wide, narrow window lets in the same light as a tall window placed lower – but with more privacy. Window contractors consider the design and layout of the bathroom when determining proper window placement.
While the style of your bathroom windows is important for aesthetic reasons, it also plays a key role in the functionality of the whole space. As mentioned previously, bathrooms can get humid, which is why you need at least one window that you can open and close. Most homeowners prefer installing awning windows in their bathrooms as they open at the top or bottom. When awning windows are open, they still maintain the privacy of the bathroom occupants.
For your window and door replacement needs, turn to Renewal by Andersen® of Spokane. We offer a wide selection of quality window styles that are a best fit for your bathroom space, from traditional double-hung windows to modern sliding windows. Call (509) 646-2373 if you live in Spokane, WA, or (253) 604-1268 if you live in the Tri-Cities area. You can also fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation.