Why You Shouldn’t Use Stained Glass for your Home Windows

| 22 June 2015

For most homeowners, few things compare to enjoying a new set of windows. Simply replacing old single panes can dramatically boost a property’s equity; the return on investment is thus instant, which is why a lot of people don’t hesitate to upgrade when they can.
Individuals who plan to sell their house can make a healthy profit by placing new windows at the top of their renovation checklist. In addition to increased housing values, new windows make for a much more comfortable living space; no air leaks and drafts can be a blessing for those who are used to aging weather stripping and other materials, and largely decrease your monthly energy costs.

Stained Glass

Stained glass is not always suitable

When it comes to choosing a particular type of window, customers have multiple options to choose from. Stained glass has long been a popular trend in the residential market, but it may not be the ideal selection.

Although there are few alternatives that can top these windows in the looks department, aesthetics are not the only thing you should be shopping for. Below are a few reasons you may be better off going with a conventional double or triple pane!

The downsides to stained glass: what buyers need to be aware of

  • They reduce the amount of natural light in your home
    If you love letting a ton of natural light into your home, it is best to steer clear of stained glass. These windows are not meant to allow in sufficient amounts of sunlight; while not completely opaque, they come quite close.
  • They obstruct your home’s view
    There’s a reason stained glass is predominantly installed in picture (i.e. fixed) window frames, and that is because it is almost impossible to see through them clearly. This material ranks excellent on the visual side of things, but not much for function.
  • If your home has a great view and you’re looking to install stained glass in replace of one of your primary windows, you’ll gain a beautiful piece of artwork, but will lose the surrounding view.

They aren’t energy-efficient

If you plan on enhancing the energy-efficiency of your home and saving money on your utility bills, be sure to limit the number of stained glass windows you buy.

While double pane can drastically reduce your heating and energy costs, stained glass doesn’t have the same protective layer to your home and can actually be the leading cause of air leaks in your home.

There is no denying the awestruck-inspiring appeal of decorative stained glass, but since most homeowners are equally concerned with cutting costs, it would be wise to consider strategic placement of these windows within your interior décor rather than as a replacement of your traditional windows.

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