Various principles of universal design have allowed us to build our “forever homes” that aim to make living conditions more suitable for people of all ages. According to the AARP®, 87% of adults over 65 years old want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.
You may not be aware of it, but windows and doors are home components that are integral in making the home as age-friendly as possible. Here’s why?
Ease of Operation
Sliding windows, for instance, open by pushing the sashes to either side, which may be easier for those with difficulty in fine motor skills. Casement windows, meanwhile, open by turning a crank, which can be easier for those with mobility or postural issues.
Glass Surface Area
Lighting is essential for anyone within the household, which is why your windows and doors should have enough glass surface for natural light to enter your home. The Fibrex® composite material found in our replacement windows are durable enough for the sashes and frames to be made narrower to accommodate more glass. Not only does this let more sunlight in, but it also provides panoramic outdoor views.
For people to move around with ease, having wider doorways is necessary. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance states that a minimum doorway width for designing an aging-in-place home is 36 inches. Our two patio door types – French and sliding doors – can be custom-made to benefit individuals with mobility issues.
Renewal by Andersen of Milwaukee® is the leading window contractor for home improvement needs. Our replacement windows and patio doors are manufactured according to your home’s specific measurements to ensure a perfect fit during installation. Call us at (262) 955-8400, or fill out our contact form to request a quote. Our Wisconsin service areas include Milwaukee and the surrounding communities.