Windows – though an integral part of home improvement are oft neglected.
Consider how much the windows affect the aesthetic and functional aspects of your home. Light, temperature, ventilation – the comfort of the home interiors is dependent on windows. Security of your home and its energy-efficiency is also affected by them.
Modern day homeowners tend to opt for vinyl windows. The reasons are obvious; it is low maintenance, low cost, and available in a range of colors and finishes. But are they the only choice you have? Not really; the possibilities are endless when it comes to windows.
Before you come to the decision of what to choose and why, there is a basic question that needs to be answered first. Do you need new windows or replacement ones? Many don’t have any clue about the difference. New windows are fitted with nails in the wall cavity while replacement windows are fitted to the existent frame.
Direct Pro Windows and Doors provides you certain guidelines to make window selection simple.
Do you have a particular purpose in mind? Many homeowners tend to replace their windows to update the look. But it needn’t be so; you may decide to do this to enhance the energy-efficiency or to improve the security of your home.
Do you want the windows to be fixed or operable? Fixed windows are ideal if all you need is to ensure that the view from the room is visible. But if you need to focus on ventilation, you have to choose operable windows.
Do you need to make the windows the focal point? An octagonal window in the living room or a bay window in the bedroom may be just right to be the point of attention. Or, you may also make them part of the overall design scheme and more functional than aesthetic.
Do you know which material to choose? Wood has always been the most popular choice. Vinyl windows are also favored because of their numerous advantages, of which the chief are reasonable price and easy maintenance.
Do you have an idea about size and orientation? Occupants of the home and their lifestyle determine the details of the windows. Large south facing windows are great in colder climes as they let in a lot of light but they would be completely unsuitable in hotter places.
Do you know the right glass for the windows? Low emissive glass has a coat that ensures energy efficiency. A film of glaze on one surface or suspended between two panes or inert gas filled panes is ideal for better insulation.
Do you need to work within a budget? You need to set a limit on how much you would spend on the installation of new or replacement windows. This would help avoid over expenditure and also narrow down the options you have.
Consider every detail before you make any decision with regard to windows for your home.Share This Article: