Avoid curb appeal blunders by selecting period-specific replacement windows to complement the beauty of your Colonial home. To find the best replacement window styles for your home, it helps to look back at the architectural era and influences when these traditional homes were first built.
Historically, Colonial windows were often placed with equal spacing between them and in alignment. Classic Colonial shutters were (and still are!) common additions, accenting the window’s beauty and symmetry.
Read on to discover the top styles and materials for your Colonial home’s replacement windows.
Accent Your Colonial Home’s Beauty with the Right Windows
What is a Colonial home?
The term “Colonial home” was established because the style was popular with the 17th and 18th century colonists. Colonial homes are brick (or wood siding) rectangular homes with steep pointed roofs, and because they are all about symmetry, the front entry door is in the center of the home with stately symmetrical rows of windows surrounding it.
Window style options for Colonial homes
Figuring out the right style of windows that best fit your home can often be difficult. But when it comes to Colonial homes, there’s already a history of them looking beautiful with double-hung windows with decorative grilles. Another option for more modern homes is casement windows with grilles that mimic the look of traditional double-hung windows.
Bay and bow style windows with muntins (a rigid supporting strip between adjacent panes of glass), and transom windows (rectangular strips of fixed windows above doors or double-hung windows) are also common in Colonial homes.
Grids/grilles/divided lites between your window glass
Get a traditional-style window with grids between the two panes of glass to make cleaning a breeze. Enjoy a smooth glass surface while gaining the look of classic Colonial window muntins (also called grids/grilles). They can be customized with a matching woodgrain or interior color so your grids coordinate with the finish of your replacement windows.
And for windows with historic appeal and design, consider simulated divided lites to preserve your home’s classic charm. Enjoy the high performance of insulated glass with the timeless character of grids on both your interior and exterior panes of glass.
Window materials for your Colonial home
Genuine wood windows give a warmth and period-specific look to your Colonial style home, and although they require maintenance, many homeowners feel the tradeoff is worth it for the charming look they achieve.
Vinyl or fiberglass windows that give you the look of genuine wood windows (but don’t require the maintenance wood requires) are also a popular choice for replacement windows.
Window finishes and colors for Colonial homes
White window frames with either white or black shutters give a traditional Colonial style home a classic look that makes it stand out. For a more modern feel, implement conservative earth tones such as brown, cream, or deep red.
First-class Features You’ll Enjoy from Modern Replacement Windows
While we love the look and feel of traditional Colonial homes, their original windows are lacking in modern features. Some of the benefits you’ll love when replacing your windows are:
- Low maintenance— Avoid the dangers of outdoor ladders, and clean your second floor’s double-hung windows with ease from inside your home. You’ll love the easy maintenance with tilt-in features on your new windows.
- Added security—Hardware featured on today’s replacement windows boost your home’s protective layer, keeping you and your loved ones safe.
- Substantial warranty—Restorations Windows’ lifetime, non-prorated, transferable warranty gives you peace of mind in your investment.
- Energy savings—ENERGY STAR® rated window glass translates to savings on your utilities and more indoor comfort in your home (with consistent temperatures throughout!). These well insulated windows decrease noise intrusion, eliminate draftiness, and resist condensation for better views.
Get High-Performance Windows Customized to Your North Carolina Home
Faulty windows that leak create uncomfortably drafty rooms in your home and high utilities bills each summer and winter. Get quality replacement windows for your home from the skilled team of installation experts at Kelly Window and Door, and discover the beauty you’ve been missing both inside and outside your home.
Take a look at how our replacement windows can transform your home into a beautiful, energy-efficient space.