Window Accessories for Garden Windows
October 11, 2010
Garden windows can offer stunning views, a place for plants and curios, and add architectural interest to your home. Garden windows often function like awning windows or casement windows, but you can find them with slider panes for ventilation, while others are fixed window styles.
The type of garden window you choose will affect the types of accessories you can purchase. Most window accessories for garden windows fall into three categories; functional improvement, appearance, or safety enhancements.
- Drip caps: Designed to divert water and keep it off windows and your siding or wood, drip caps can be of particular importance on garden windows, which can jut out past gutters.
- Auxiliary casing: A notched piece of trim with a treated-wood core, wrapped in vinyl. This water-repellent enhancement is applied to the exterior of the window.
- Shelves: Almost all garden windows are designed to hold plants, so shelves are often removable, and able to withstand getting wet. Often made from wire mesh or treated wood, you can also purchase insulated shelves, for better energy efficiency.
- Decorative glass panes: While garden windows are often chosen for their ability to let in more natural light, you can choose from etched or jewel-cut glass for more decorating options.
- Crank handles: Available in many colors and styles, you can enhance the look of your garden windows with new handles that either match or accent the room's décor.
- Window locks: Depending on the style of your garden window, casement fasteners, sash locks, and sliding locks can all be added to increase security.
Window accessories for garden windows can increase the beauty, functionality, and safety of your windows for years to come.