Do bathrooms and windows mix? In some ways they definitely do. You want a window to let sunlight into your bathroom. You also want it to allow fresh air in for some ventilation. What you don't want, however, is a large window that compromises your privacy or allows chilly air leaks in the winter. Luckily, you don't have to contend with these shortcomings if you choose your windows wisely. Here are two types of windows that offer advantages in the bathroom.
Glass Block Windows
Glass block windows are those constructed of thick blocks of glass. Some styles have a small window that hinges open in the center of the glass blocks. This is the type you want for your bathroom. Glass block windows let some sunlight in, but they obscure your image so nobody can see you in your private space. The little center window is usually only a few inches wide, so it offers some ventilation and fresh air without really giving a good view. Plus, you can position the window high enough on the wall that the view would be of your head and neck, only.
Glass block windows are also good insulators; the air inside the blocks of glass does a good job of blocking heat transfer.
Awning windows are windows that have hinges on the top. When you open the window, it pops up like an awning. Most awning windows are wider than they are tall and pretty small overall. So, you can place them pretty high on the bathroom wall for privacy. They are excellent for ventilation since they open so wide, and you can even leave them open when it's raining without worrying about rain coming in through the window opening.
A series of two or three awning windows placed next to each other can let plenty of sunshine into the bathroom. This arrangement also allows you to open one, two, or more windows based on how much ventilation you need at the time. Just make sure you choose awning windows with solid, durable window frames and sashes. Less expensive, vinyl models are less efficient and can lead to some draftiness.
If you need new windows for your bathroom, glass block and awning windows are two top contenders. Talk to a window replacement company to learn more, or perhaps to get a couple of quotes. Once you know how much the project will cost, you can make a more informed decision.