The windowsill is the horizontal base of a window frame. An integral part of any window, they can be the same size as the window or substantially larger. They can add visual interest to your home, and also serve to keep the rain, wind, or snow out of your home while making the window fixture more energy efficient.
Another important benefit of windowsills is that they contribute to the structural integrity of the window. The rigid sill on the bottom helps eliminate flexing so that the fixture can last longer. The sill only needs to be as deep as the window, but you can bump it out on either side to make it more attractive.
Improved Energy Efficiency
The window frame will have a solid barrier along the bottom of it, and you can easily run quality insulation right up to the window sill inside the wall. This allows you to achieve better acoustic and thermal insulation so that your home will be quieter and more energy efficient. Drafts can be eliminated to keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
Exterior Protection from Water
If you’ve ever watched a water drop travel down a wall or at an angle, then you know that it has the amazing ability to cling to one surface before succumbing to gravity. In fact, water that’s sitting at a precipice can actually travel a short distance on the underside of the ledge. This is why windows and sills are typically designed with a projection of at least 20 millimeters. This creates a larger horizontal surface so that water drops will break free before they can migrate into the structure.
On the exterior of a home, this overhang is vital to protect the wall from water intrusion. This is how builders protect the brickwork beneath a window from spalling, and it will also keep wood siding from rotting in this area. When you go with a stone windowsill with a larger span, you can effectively protect your home from water and keep it looking great. The ideal projection is actually 30 to 50 millimeters. The sill only needs a minimal slope to encourage water to drain neatly away from the fixture.
Reclaim the Space
In modern designs, many home builders are eliminating the decorative windowsills. They are using flush stools that are effectively covered up by the window trim or apron. However, you don’t have to accept this method for your home. Whether you’re building new or renovating an older home, you can add windowsills throughout the space. Windowsills provide you with extra storage space, and they’re perfect for:
• Seasonal decorations
• Small plants and herbs
• Electric candles
• Family photos
If you’ve been feeling like your windows are missing something, it may be the traditional sill that protruded slightly into the room. Here at Stonexchange, we have sills available in a range of widths. Our stock Absolute Black Granite window sills are all six inches deep, so you can have the right protrusion inside and outside the home. However, our Pure White sills are available in 5”, 6”, 8”, 10”, and 18” depths.
Choosing the Right Material
Once you make the decision to upgrade your projects with actual windowsills, you’ll need to choose the right material. Wood is an obvious option because it’s used in so many other areas of the home, but wood is prone to rot and water damage. Your clients may not want to deal with the extra maintenance that comes with wood window sills. Metal sills are available for exterior use, but people may not like the noise that results every time it rains. Vinyl is now available, and it can be a viable choice. The challenge with vinyl is getting it to match the other building materials. Natural stone beats the other materials because it’s durable, attractive, and versatile. It’s not damaged by the sun or rain, and it’s easy to care for. Give your clients this choice and they’ll be impressed with your commitment to excellence.
The most functional and versatile windowsills are actually quite deep. This allows them to extend into the room to form a type of floating shelf. The apron below helps support them, and you can also use brackets if necessary. These sills provide you with more decorating and design options. If you’re worried about people walking into them, then consider having the corners rounded off for a soft and welcoming finish. The natural stone finish will look great, and you’ll love the extra versatility. If you’re worried about the sill jutting into the room too far, then have the window installed at the outside edge of the wall so that you’ll have more of the window sill exposed on the interior. You can get the added storage space without bringing the ledge too far into the room. This is a particularly effective finish when you’re finishing off windows in a bathroom or dining area.
Make your creations stand out from modern competitors by going old school with the window finishes. It may be faster to install basic double-hung windows that are finished out with a simple frame, but that’s not what your clients are looking for. Most people appreciate having the added storage space and architectural style that comes with elegant window sills, and you can make a great impression by going with natural stone options. We carry window sills in black granite, Carrara Marble, Crema Marfil, Pure White, and Travertine. You can place your bulk order online, or call us direct at 305-731-2400. The team at Stonexchange is looking forward to helping you, and you’re sure to be pleased with our quality options With our help, you can take your finishes to a higher level and ensure that your company’s name is synonymous with quality and elegance.