Bathroom windows need to serve three important functions
- Reducing the moisture.
- Allowing for natural light The final but most important.
- The final but most important; Stopping the world seeing me naked.
So with all three of these in mind its important to select the right type of window for your space.
Below are the three most common windows we install in our bathroom renovations throughout Perth.
Sliding windows are used in openings that are wider than they are tall. They open sideways, with one panel sliding over the other. Now the textbook definition is out of the way lets break down really why they have been Perth most common bathroom window. It mainly comes down to the simplistic nature of the window. One is the low-cost option with it often the most affordable, the wide range of large sizes it can be made in, great security screen options and has low maintenance due to a reduced amount of moving parts. The biggest con is its hard to protect it from rain and window getting through the fly screen when its open.
*Tip – On of the most common features we have been doing is making a large window smaller and during the brick up creating a shower box like this Lesmurdie bathroom renovation below.
The basic description of an awning window is hinged at or near the top of the frame and swings out from the bottom to open. The design of awning windows makes it ideal for ventilation in wet weather with the sash acting as a canopy to keep the rain out. You can also control the amount of air coming in by adjusting the angle of the window. This though can be a negative as they have less ventilation due to how much the window can open. One other negative of the window is the limited fly screen security options and being unsuitable for tight external spaces. It is becoming our popular bathroom as the Awning window has a more modern feel to it.
Glass Block Window
Glass block windows are the most polarising bathroom window we install in Perth. People either love it or hate there never seems to be an in-between. The pros of the window are the wow factor, the high amount of designs and colours, incredibly water-resistant and allow for a maximum amount of light but still giving privacy. The cons are the lack of to no ventilation, they can be a little see-through depending on the design and lastly can feel outdated to certain people.
As mentioned the ventilation is the biggest issue with glass block windows you can however at an extra cost purchase a ventilation block which allows permanent airflow, however, I personally feel it ruins the look of the window feature. We have an example of a row of ventilation glass blocks below.
The majority of Perth bathroom windows we install are either awning or sliding. This is due to the non-offensive nature of the screen as opposed to the glass block window which is a feature. You have to ask yourself do I want to make my window a feature or have it blend because that will answer the question of what type of window you are after. One thing I will say is if the current frame of your window is a colour that does not match the tiles you are picking try your best change the window if you can. Below is a bathroom renovation we completed that used a modern grey travertine tile floor to wall but the beige window trim dominates at eye level.
Sometimes changing a window is not in your budget but you cant stand the glass thats current occupying the space. By changing just the glass this might open the whole vibe of the bathroom.
It’s important to note that all our advice is general in nature and all bathrooms are unique so always speak to your local qualified tradesman for the best advice. At on the ball bathrooms we love feedback so let us know what you think with a comment below or if you are looking for a bathroom renovation quote and live in Perth, Western Australia contact us on 0419964678 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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