Now that you have worked with your glass contractor to design a custom picture window for your living room, next it is important to decide how you would like to frame the window's exterior perimeter. The exterior finish framing for your home's new window is vital to ensure that the new window blends into the overall look of your home's exterior. The window's framing is also an opportunity for you to show off the house's unique charms and finish off the look of your home's renovated design as well.
Follow these tips to frame your new custom picture window like a professional:
Use the Correct Exterior-Grade Lumber and Water Drainage Techniques
While you may already know that it is necessary to use exterior-grade lumber when working on projects that involve the outside of your home, you may not realize that you also need to use special techniques to promote storm water drainage off of any wooden finish framing that you install. Without the right slope away from your new windows, rainwater will get behind the framing and can lead to dry rot and termite problems.
For example, you should always ensure that any framing boards that you install slant away from your home. If the framing boards have a flat surface on their tops, then water will collect there and over time the windows will develop dry rot and water leaks.
Use Shutters on a Custom Picture Window Only if the Rest of Your Home has Them
If you install a large custom window and then put shutters around it, you need to make sure that you also have shutters installed on all of the other windows on that same side of the house. The custom glasswork will already make a strong statement, and framing with shutters can overwhelm the overall look of your home if they are not present on the other windows.
If you like the look of shutters but fear that your new window will be too large for them, you can install the shutters anyway and then paint them the same color as the rest of your home. This gives your home a unified and finished look while at the same time the color choice will help the shutters to blend into your home a bit and not stick out. This will prevent the window from looking too bold by having been painted by your home's trim color of paint. Talk to your glass company, such as http://www.wildwoodglasscompany.com, for more help.