So you’ve decided it’s time to replace your leaky old wooden windows with new replacement windows from Toronto Doors and Windows. Congratulations! You’re on your way to a more affordable future in which your home will be far more comfortable and will also enjoy significantly enhanced market value. Now that you’ve opted for beauty and energy efficiency over nostalgia it’s time to make some aesthetic decisions related to applying the right “finish” to your new window installation. In this post we’ll look at a few of the more popular finishes homeowners typically choose.
Put the Finishing Touch on Your Replacement Window Installation
By simply installing new vinyl replacement windows you’ll elevate your home’s curb appeal and increase its value. But the window installation process isn’t complete until the details are decided upon and installed. The following represent some of the choices you’ll have to pick from when it comes to window finishes.
For the Home’s Exterior
In almost all cases newly installed vinyl windows will call for some type of trim on the exterior. This trim typically serves to tidy up and seal the edges of the installation while also providing an additional element of aesthetic pleasure. The three most popular forms of exterior finish are:
- Vinyl brick mold
- Aluminum capping
Any one of these finishing touches will enhance the look of your home. Which one will be right for you will depend on other elements in play on your home’s exterior.
For the Home’s Interior
Your new window installation will need some finishing touches on the inside as well to help it mesh with your interior decor. In the vast majority of cases these finishing touches consist of some form of casings, mouldings or jamb extensions.
- Casings – Casings are a popular choice since they’re typically an easy match for various other trims like baseboards. They also set the stage for the easy integration of interior window mouldings. Casings can be as wide or narrow as need be to fit in with the rest of your interior decor and are available in a variety of styles. Vinyl casings will never need to be repainted and will never suffer from the inevitable degradation that befalls wooden casings.
- Mouldings – If you already have jamb extensions in place and wish to keep them you’ll likely want to install interior mouldings above the windows to give them a properly finished look. Mouldings typically imbue the interior with an elegant, timeless look that is particularly appropriate for older homes and can add a wonderful touch to your window casings.
- Jamb Extensions – Most windows are not deep enough to occupy the entire depth of the opening in the exterior wall where they’re installed. The solution to this mismatch is the jamb extension which fills the gap between the end of the window and the beginning of the interior wall. As mentioned above jamb extensions will often call for casings and interior mouldings to supply them a properly finished appearance.
Installing new replacement windows in your home will provide you financial benefits for many years to come. If you’re thoughtful in your choice of finishing touches they’ll also provide years of aesthetic pleasure as well and can become a focal point around which other elements of your interior decor revolve.
Talk to the replacement window pros at Toronto Doors and Windows before you settle on a particular style or type of replacement window for your home. We’ll help you make sure the type of windows you choose are the best for each particular room and purpose and that the finishing touches bring the entire window enclosure to life both inside and out.