A bathroom is a peaceful place for most of us. This is where we collect our thoughts or even have genius shower thoughts that could possibly change our lives. On a serious note, the next time you visit your bathroom, have a look around. Have you considered it’s design? Good bathroom design will always consider three main things: privacy, humidity and light.
Privacy and light
If your bathroom is tiny, you probably are looking at ways to make it seem spacious while keeping things minimal. Windows can significantly help with brightening up a place. If your house is above eye level or away from other buildings and has more privacy, you can consider opting for larger windows. If privacy is something that is keeping you away from using larger windows for your bathroom, try glass treatment options like frosted and stained glass.
Even if you stay in a country like Canada where the climate is dry and cold for the most part of the year, the bathrooms can get humid when you take a hot shower. When there is no ventilation for the condensation to pass through, the stale condensation can cause bacterial growth on the tiles and window sills. This is one of the key reasons why your bathroom tiles and tub get mildew, which can turn it into a breeding ground for bacteria.
Type of windows
The type of window you choose has a direct impact on all three factors. The ideal window for any bathroom is the one that is operable and can open out for cross ventilation. Therefore, the picture window might not be the best idea.
Awning windows, on the other hand, are a perfect option. It lets the light in, can be opened up to let the air out and since it opens at the top, you have your privacy. Since the awning windows are slanted, there is no fear of rain or snow leaking into the window sill.
The casement window is another good choice for bathroom window replacement and function optimally.
Type of material
The type of window frame is crucial in bathroom window installations. If you make a traditional choice of wood, it doesn’t work well with bathrooms. This is because the humidity will make the material expand and you might have to struggle getting the window open or shut.
Aluminum frames might be well-suited for humid regions however not effective in insulating the house. Especially, in handling the varied Canadian weather. While they are more durable than wooden frames in a humid environment, they aren’t conducive to keep the heat in. Meaning, you will end up paying higher heating bills during the winter.
Vinyl windows are a perfect solution to tackle both these bottlenecks and work well in a humid environment. Plus they are great insulators, making them a good choice for both winter and summer.
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