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    Living Room Window Replacement: All You Need To Know in 2024

    Nov 8, 2016

    Mar 15, 2024

    7 min read


    Usually, the need to replace windows in your house begins with rooms where you spend the most time. For most homeowners, this is the living room at the front of the house.

    Installing energy-efficient windows for living rooms comes with its own unique set of challenges, such as size, a need for optimal ventilation and unobstructed views outside.

    Another question most homeowners face when considering living room window replacement is whether to keep the same window style or go with a completely new look. Because your existing windows can be at least thirty, forty, or fifty years old, chances are their arrangement and functionality may not be ideal for your home’s overall efficiency. Or you may just want to give your room a unique lift, whether with new windows, by building a bay, or with a series of bow windows.

    Whatever the reason for a replacement, there are still quite a few factors to consider to get the most out of your living room windows installation, so let’s make sure you are well-informed before shopping for new windows.

    4 Best Living Room Window Styles

    Enhancing your living room with the right window style not only boosts your home’s aesthetic appeal but also its functionality and energy efficiency. Among various window options, the following styles proved to be the most preferred among Canadian homeowners for their versatility, energy efficiency and compatibility with most living room requirements:

    • Picture Windows: Ideal for maximising unobstructed views and natural light, making your living room feel more spacious and inviting. Note that these units are inoperable, limiting ventilation but maximising thermal performance.
    • Casement Windows: Offering excellent ventilation and a modern look, casement windows are perfect for improving airflow while maintaining energy efficiency.
    • Combination Windows (bay or bow): These combination windows add architectural interest and extra space, creating a stunning focal point in your living room. Usually, bay windows for living room consist of three units merged together, with one inoperable unit in the centre and two casements on the sides for optimal airflow and aesthetics. Bow windows come with five window units, offering a better variety of styles to include but more durability to the home structure.

    Incorporating these window styles can transform your living space, blending seamlessly with both modern and traditional decors. Choosing the right window style can enhance your living room’s comfort, aesthetic, and overall value, making it a wise investment in the long run.

    Modern Living Room Window Ideas

    If you are considering a renovation project but still unsure how your new windows will look after installation, browse our living room window gallery to get inspired.

    At Ecoline, we have completed hundreds of living room projects, renovating spaces to make them look fresh and comfy while increasing home value and energy efficiency.

    Large Living Room Window Designs: Sizes

    Because windows at the front of the house tend to be the biggest in the home, there is always a concern about which window to get to match the size requirements. In one of our previous blogs, we outlined the maximum sizes for vinyl windows in Canada.

    Maximum sizes for windows usually take in three factors, a maximum width, maximum height, and overall maximum square footage. However, it is impossible to manufacture most windows with maximum dimension allowances, as that exceeds the allowed square footage.

    For example, the standard sizes for picture windows can vary widely to accommodate different spaces, with a maximum dimension of usually 42 square feet. This allows for considerable flexibility in design while ensuring that the living space remains bright and visually open.

    On the other hand, popular casement windows come with a maximum dimension of 18 square feet, making them versatile for various living room layouts.

    Notice also that the maximum square footage for double-pane windows is higher than for a triple-pane option. Because double-pane windows are lighter, they can be made in bigger sizes without scrutinising their structural features.

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    Living Room Window Installation Cost

    New windows can significantly increase natural light in the living room, offer improved privacy, and even soundproof your space against external noise. However, the installation cost for living room windows can vary widely, depending on several factors:

    • The style and size of the window
    • Glazing type – triple or double-pane
    • Custom features, such as colour, privacy glass, grills, etc.
    • The complexity of the installation 

    For those looking to brighten their living space, a triple-glazed picture window offers an expansive view and ample sunlight, with prices ranging from $725 to $1964. 

    Casement windows, known for their versatility and ease of operation, provide a balance of light and privacy, with costs between $1091 and $1399. These prices are indicative and can vary based on specific project requirements.

    We encourage you to use our replacement cost estimator to get a more accurate understanding of potential costs. To get a detailed free quote, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team is dedicated to helping you find the perfect living room windows to enhance your home’s comfort, aesthetic, and value.

    Maximising Energy Efficiency of Your Living Room Windows

    Whether it is a combination or a large picture window, windows at the front of the house let in more light than windows in other rooms. Considering that your house may be facing south or west, and those sides get the most sunlight during the day, putting energy efficient windows in this set up can make your living room feel like a greenhouse even in the dead winter. In this setup, you might actually be better off with a combination window as the structural components, and less glass surface area can help reduce the excessive UV rays.

    Another application that is useful in preventing your room from overheating while maintaining the warmth inside is Low-e coatings. We have written about benefits of Low-E, and how Low-e works in previous posts. Without going into too much detail, it suffices to explain that these coatings are applied onto your windows during manufacturing and deflect some of the UV radiation. Unlike tint films, the back side of Low-E coatings prevents the heat from escaping, keeping the accumulated warmth inside, long after the sun has gone down.

    In short, there are plenty of different ways to get exactly the windows you want for the front of the house. Whether you want a single window, or a combination set up, by considering size limitations, the differences in the profiles of windows, and the location of your home, you can maximize your replacement and make your home more energy efficient.

    At Ecoline Windows, we care about giving you the most out of your window replacement. That is why our project consultants will not simply sell you our product, but do their best to combine functionality, efficiency, and aesthetics for big windows in the front of the house.

    We carry high-quality ENERGY STAR rated windows in all popular styles you can find in Canada. We will also be happy to suggest optimal arrangements for all the windows in your house, as well as any add-ons to maximise energy efficiency in any room.


    What type of window is best for a living room?

    The best windows for living rooms are combination windows, such as bay or bow, ensuring maximum energy efficiency and optimal ventilation in one setup.

    How much is a living room window?

    The final price depends on many factors, such as window style, size, glazing, custom features and installation. Still, homeowners should expect an average price range of $764 to $1960 for popular window styles such as casement or picture windows.