Window boxes make charming accents. They add character to the home’s exterior and are a clever way to use nature as an architectural element. If you have a green thumb but lack the yard space for planting, a window box may be the perfect solution.
While these boxes have indisputable advantages, they are not necessarily suitable for all houses. Much like window installation, window box construction requires a lot of thought. Here are some things to consider before pulling the trigger on this project.
Place a Premium on Material
Good window boxes have rust-proof fasteners and are strong and rot-resistant. Depending on their size and content, they could be carrying hundreds of pounds of soil and greenery. Water resistance should also be taken into account when designing them.
Treated wood is a popular choice, but extruded fiberglass makes an excellent candidate too. These materials can be painted in countless ways, making it easy to complement the look of your windows.
Think About Drainage
The design of your window boxes should allow for plenty of drainage. Without enough space behind them, the trapped moisture can wreak havoc on your siding. Contrary to popular belief, masonry is susceptible to water damage too. So if you are installing on brick, Renewal by Andersen® of Greater Philadelphia suggests using applying a water repellant first.
Do Not Forget About Maintenance
Upkeep of these boxes can be challenging, especially if they’re on upper floors. Not all materials hold on to their finish long, and some paint products peel more quickly than others. Your window company can help you understand the mechanical properties of each option before you make your decision.
Is your house a good candidate for window box installation? Call Renewal by Andersen of Greater Philadelphia at (610) 813-6777 to set up your free consultation and learn more. We serve Philadelphia and nearby New Jersey communities.