It is easy to focus on light, ventilation, and energy efficiency when choosing replacement windows in Seattle, WA. But one thing homeowners often forget to consider is privacy. Not all windows provide the right levels of privacy for certain areas of the home. So with that in mind, these are privacy options to think about when shopping for replacement windows:
Certain window styles provide more privacy than others. Windows that are flush with the wall, like sliding or single hung windows, provide less privacy. This is why homeowners often cover these types of windows with window treatments like blinds, drapes, and shutters. It allows for better light control and prevents others from seeing inside. Casement, awning, and hopper windows tilt or hinge to open. And because of the angles and reflections on the glass, these types of windows will provide a certain level of privacy during the day that other windows cannot.
Another thing to consider is window placement. Most builders install windows at certain heights. Windows in the sitting room or living room are typically waist-high and on eye level. Windows in nooks or bench seats are often lower. Second story windows are a little higher up on the wall for safety. And windows in the bathroom are typically paced above eye level for privacy and ventilation. When choosing the placement for certain windows in your home consider how the sill height and the head height will either provide more or less privacy.
Another way to add more privacy to replacement windows is with the proper glazing options. Some glazing options, like laminated tints, are meant to increase energy savings. They reduce certain wavelengths of visible light to also cut down on glare inside the home, which also works to reduce visibility from the outside looking in. The unfortunate drawback is that these types of tints can significantly reduce natural light. If that is not the overarching goal, there are better ways to improve privacy.
Etched or Decorative Glass
Etched glass is another way homeowners can get more privacy from replacement windows without compromising as much natural light. A soft etching or a decorative design on a pane of glass will obscure the view from outside while still filtering in plenty of natural light. Most homeowners choose to add etched glass windows to their bathrooms or closets.
Treatments Between the Panes
Many homeowners like the clean lines of their uncovered windows and want the functionality of window treatments, but don’t love the idea of cleaning and maintaining cumbersome shades and blinds. There is a modern solution. Some manufacturers have created windows with between-the-pane window treatments. They feature blinds or shades installed between the two glass panes on replacement windows. They operate on a remote and can slide cleanly out of the way when not in use. They are a great option for privacy and can give you full control over the amount of light entering the home.
For more information on maintaining the right levels of privacy in your home with replacement windows in Seattle, WA contact Signature Window & Door Replacement. Our experts can help you find the best products and technologies to fit your project.