The windows of your home can help add character to it. There are many types of replacement windows you can buy for your home, including stained glass. Stained glass windows can be used for the basement or to draw attention to a certain room in your home. If you are considering stained glass, here are some tips to consider when shopping for the glass.
Look for an Experienced Professional
When a stained glass window is poorly crafted, structural problems can appear within a few years. The window starts to look as if it is sagging or out of shape. You might even notice the window separating from the frame, which allows light, air, and other elements in and out of your home.
By contrast, a well-crafted stained glass window has certain characteristics that allows it to hang for many years without issue. For instance, if the window is leaded, the lines are extremely straight and the solder joints are smooth.
Know the Differences Between Types
In stained glass, there are different options, but leaded and copper foil are commonly used. There are significant differences between the two, which could have a bearing on the overall quality of the finished window.
For instance, leaded windows are usually better for geometric designs. It is often more difficult to construct the precise lines needed for the designs on a copper foil window. However, if you have a project with a lot of small pieces, the copper foil might be best because it is a thinner material. The window will not look as bulky as it would if leaded were used.
Find the Right Location for the Window
Stained glass windows are often used in place of paintings in a room. However, this does not mean you should have the window placed just anywhere in your home. Before buying the window, consider working with an interior designer and a window contractor to find the right spot.
There are many different options for locations, including the bedroom or near your door. Some homeowners choose to install the window in the dining room to give it a pub-like feel. Depending on the design and colors of the stained glass window, you can achieve a cozy feeling in the kitchen.
Stained glass window can add personality to your home, and more specifically to the room in which it is installed. When ordering it, work with your windows replacement contractor to add features to make it energy efficient and within your budget.