7 Tips on Selecting a Decorative Leaded Glass Window

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7 Tips on Selecting a Decorative Leaded Glass Window Credit: Mike Foti, Columbus Glass Block



  1. Tip 1: Identify the benefits you’d like to get from the installation of a leaded glass window. Most people choose to replace existing windows with decorative glass varieties to improve not only the look but also functionality. The most common benefits this window replacement confers are increased privacy, improved energy efficiency and operability, and an enhancement of your home's architectural style.

  2. Tip 2: Select a room. Because leaded glass windows add a stylish touch, you’ll want to use them in a highly visible place. Popular locations include bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms, studies or dens, and foyers or entry ways.

  3. Tip 3: Choose a shape. Will you be installing this window in a small or large space? A small oval window might suit a half-bathroom or powder room, while an architectural window would be better suited for the master bathroom. Leaded glass windows are available in a variety of sizes and shapes, including oval, octagonal, rectangular, and square.

  4. Tip 4: Consider fixed or an operable style. If the window is in a hard to reach place you’ll most likely want to choose a fixed (non-operable) style. Fixed windows are less costly while still adding style and increasing privacy (without the need for window treatments). If you desire operability (maybe for a kitchen to let smells out or for a bathroom to increase ventilation) select between a casement window or awning window.

  5. Tip 5: Identify a frame color that compliments other windows. Since these windows are made with an easy to install and maintain vinyl frame you’ll want to select the frame color that matches your other windows. Colors include white, tan, and driftwood.

  6. Tip 6: Add your design. This is where the fun begins. The reason to use a leaded glass window is for the design -- and there a wide variety of architectural styles to choose from (including floral, renaissance, craftsman, fluer-de-lis, geometric, and cathedral to name just a few).

  7. Tip 7: Perform your own installation or hire a replacement window installation contractor. Since these windows are made with vinyl frames they are as easy to install as any other replacement windows (the key will be to create the right sized rough opening to fit the leaded glass window). If you’re not a do-it-yourselfer look for a contractor with a strong service background. Check their ratings with organizations like the Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List.

7 Tips on Selecting a Decorative Leaded Glass Window was originally published on News from the Block

Mike Foti

Mike Foti is President of Innovate Building Solutions – including Columbus Glass Block, Cleveland Glass Block, Mid America Glass Block, West Side Glass Block, Bath Doctor, Cleveland Design and Remodeling, and Cincinnati Design and Remodeling. Mike purchased the business from his father Joe in 1989 and set upon an aggressive growth path to expand the company both geographically and with new products and services that can add value to our customers’ properties. Mike has authored over 70 articles on glass blocks, windows, doors, bathtub and shower liners, and remodeling. In addition Mike is the author of “News from the Block” -- a remodeling blog with tips and ideas for the nicest home or business on the block.

Website: innovatebuildingsolutions.com/
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