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How to Choose Windows for Every Room in the House

14 May 2024

Each room in the house has its own needs and characteristics. It is therefore important to learn how to choose the right windows for each room, in order to make each room much more comfortable. In this article we focus on the living room, kitchen, bedroom, study and bathroom, identifying aluminium as the ideal material for all contexts.

Choosing the right window for every room

When choosing windows and doors for your home, there are many variables to consider. You need to ask yourself a few questions1 to understand your needs and the specific characteristics of your home. When you go to a dealer to get a quote, you will then have to take into account elements such as the location of the house, its exposure, the type of house – detached or flat -, the amount of noise from outside, and so on.

But you should also be well aware that each room in the house requires different arrangements, because it is used in different ways and at different times. Choosing different windows for each room in the house should not be a problem and, indeed, should always be done to maximise the functionality of the windows and the living comfort of the house.

How to choose the ideal window room by room

Choosing the right window for each room in the house means considering several factors, such as exposure, the intended use of the room, the amount of natural light desired, the need for ventilation, and so on.

You will find that, in all cases, aluminium is the material that best meets the needs of the various rooms in the house due to its many advantages: among other things, aluminium is weather and sunlight resistant, safe against intruders, easy to clean, does not corrode and does not stain.

Living room windows: which one to choose

The living room is probably the room where you spend most of your time at home. It is where you watch a film with the whole family, read a book on the sofa and entertain friends. For these reasons, the ideal living room window must be extremely high performing in all respects.

In addition to providing excellent thermal insulation and soundproofing, the living room window must let in plenty of natural light. During the daylight hours of the day, sunlight ensures greater psychological and physical well-being and gives the living room a healthier and more comfortable appearance. To achieve this effect, aluminium windows are recommended.

Aluminium is a very strong material, so it is possible to create windows with very slim and slender profiles. This allows aluminium windows to let in approximately 15-20% more light than windows made of other materials, such as PVC or wood. As a result, you will get more natural light, which saves on lighting costs and also allows you to experience your living room at its most comfortable.

Another aspect, which applies to all rooms but primarily to the living room as the representative room of the house, concerns customisation. The windows are in fact an integral part of the furnishings and design of the house, so they must match the other elements in a harmonious manner. Wood is ideal for more classic and refined or more rustic contexts: in this case, you can choose a wood-aluminium frame to enjoy the typical warmth of wood inside the room and the strength and solidity of aluminium outside.

Aluminium and PVC, on the other hand, lend themselves very well to more modern contexts, but it is aluminium that wins the game of customisation and aesthetic taste. This happens firstly thanks to its slim profiles and clean lines, which seem to be born for modern context, industrial style houses or industrial chic, in short, for all the contexts favoured by more contemporary homes. Secondly, aluminium can be subjected to painting or oxidation processes to obtain a very wide range of colours and finishes, such as sandblasted, speckled, extra-glossy, and so on.

Kitchen windows: which one to choose

The kitchen is often one of the most lived-in rooms in Italian homes. In the kitchen, the day’s meals are prepared and, in the case of living kitchens, meals are also eaten. The use of the hob often causes smells and fumes, while washing dishes by hand, or using the dishwasher or washing machine, causes a certain level of humidity. For all these reasons, the best window for the kitchen is one that allows adequate ventilation and the most comfortable environment possible.

Opting for a casement window with a tilt-and-turn or bottom-hung opening, i.e. with the sash opening on top of the frame by a few centimetres, is the best solution to disperse moisture, odours and fumes. In fact, this is achieved without having to open the window completely, with the consequent dispersion of internal heat (in winter, or coolness in summer). If the size and structure of the kitchen allow it, you can also consider installing a sliding window or patio door. This helps not only because the sliding sash can only be opened by the centimetres necessary to ventilate the room, but also because in this way you do not have sashes that, once opened, could obstruct normal movement in the kitchen.

In terms of living comfort, aluminium windows are ideal for the kitchen from two important points of view. Firstly, as seen for the living room, the slim profiles of aluminium windows allow more natural light, which has a positive impact on bill savings and the well-being of those who spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

Secondly, the kitchen is also a place where surfaces get dirty more easily. While wooden window frames may absorb grease and oil stains, and these may damage the coloured films on PVC frames, aluminium is ideal in such cases because it does not corrode and does not stain easily. For ordinay cleaning, simply wipe with a cloth dampened with lukewarm water and a few drops of neutral detergent. Aluminium windows and doors therefore fit perfectly into a context, such as that of the kitchen, where practicality must prevail.

Bedroom windows: which one to choose

In the bedroom, too, it is very important to be able to ventilate the room comfortably, so here too, a window with a tilt-and-turn or bottom-hung casement can be a good idea. In this room, however, there are three other factors to be taken into consideration.

First of all, thermal insulation. Time spent in the bedroom is spent almost exclusively on sleeping, and it is well known that a good night’s sleep requires an optimal microclimate and temperature. It is therefore necessary that the windows and doors chosen provide effective thermal insulation, so that heat in winter and coolness in summer are not lost to the outside. METRA Building aluminium windows and doors are equipped with a highly effective thermal break, i.e. the introduction of noble gases, with a strong insulating power, between the external and internal thickness of the aluminium.

Secondly, a good night’s sleep is also determined by the complete absence of noise from outside. All the more so if the bedroom window faces busy streets, nightclubs, trams or, worse, stations or airports. In order to ensure excellent sound insulation, the bedroom window must therefore have excellent seals. Double glazing is often sufficient to ensure that noise does not pass through, but if the situation is more serious, one can consider opting for glass with special sound-absorbing properties.

Finally, another important promoter of sleep is the possibility of totally darkening the bedroom. In this case, more attention should be paid to shading systems than to windows, so called precisely because their main function is to screen the passage of light from outside to inside the room. METRA Building shutters and blinds, for example, are made of aluminium: they resist weathering very well, are practically indestructible and allow you to modulate the degree of darkness most congenial to your sleeping needs.

Study windows: which one to choose

Choosing the ideal study window means first of all examining the activities usually carried out in this room: studying, working, cultivating one’s hobbies. This largely requires what we have seen above, i.e. good sound insulation for greater concentration and excellent thermal insulation to ensure maximum well-being during such important activities.

As was said for the living room and the kitchen, i.e. the rooms in which one spends time during daylight hours, it is also important to have as much natural light as possible in the study. This is all the more important in a room like this, because research shows that natural light is less tiring on the eyes and improves concentration. That is why we recommend windows with as much glass as possible, made of aluminium, whose thin profiles increase the amount of sunlight entering the room.

Bathroom windows: which one to choose

When choosing a window for the bathroom, one realises that there are two main needs of those who live in this room.

First of all, the bathroom is, together with the kitchen, the room in the house where the most moisture is generated. Just think of the condensation that is created when the room is hot and you are about to take a shower or a bath; but the presence of the washing machine and tumble dryer also cause a certain level of humidity.

To combat humidity, it is necessary to ventilate the room frequently so that this humidity does not turn into mould and decrease living comfort. To avoid having to open the window completely, you can therefore go for a sliding window, which can only be opened partially, or, even better, for a casement window with a tilt-and-turn or bottom-hung opening. In this way, the window sash only opens at the top of the frame, allowing optimal air recirculation without, however, dispersing heat inside the room. With regard to the window frame itself, it is best to choose aluminium, as it is a material that is excellently resistant to the formation of moisture, mould and condensation.

The other need of bathroom users is of course for privacy. One can think of simply accessorizing the bathroom window with opaque curtains but, for an even more effective and elegant solution, it is possible to choose glass that guarantees privacy even when the curtain is open or absent. Opal or frosted glass is not totally transparent like normal glass: its whitish halo is ideal for guaranteeing privacy because it lets light through but obscures the view from one side of the glass to the other.

METRA Building aluminium windows for every room in the house

From this article, it appears that aluminium is the preferred material to meet all the needs of every room in the house. It is indeed an extremely versatile material, with a thousand resources and, as if that were not enough, also 100% recyclable and very virtuous in terms of eco-sustainability.

Its resistance makes it perfect for installation in any room of the house that is exposed to strong sunlight, very violent weather, the action of the brackish in the case of homes near the sea, or in rooms where cleaning must be made a very pratical and quick operation.

The choice of aluminium frames, such as the high performance ones proposed by METRA Building, represents a very smart investment over time: in fact, in addition to all its positive features, the aluminium frame also guarantees a much higher durability over time than its wood and PVC counterparts.