Picking the right windows for your home
With all the options in the market, picking the right windows for your home can be very overwhelming, but we can make it easier for you. It's just a matter of knowing what you're doing! And with this 3-step process, you'll know exactly what to look for. Read on!
First, choose the window type
- Double Hung: Two vertical sash in a single frame. Ideal for patios, decks and walkways.
- Gliding: Consisting in two sash, with at least one of them sliding past the other. They give you the advantages of double-hung windows with a modern look.
- Bay & Bow: They are a combination of frames that projects outward the house. They add space and light to any room.
- Awning: Sash hinged at the top and open outward, providing side-to-side ventilation. They are often grouped with stationary windows.
- Casement: Sash hinged on the side and opening to left or right, providing top-to-bottom ventilation. This type is common above kitchen sinks.
- Picture or stationary: These are just a glass panel that don’t open. They provide the best visibility and light and are often grouped with venting ones.
- Specialty: Special-shaped stationary windows that may include curves or hard angles. Often used in narrow spaces -like below the roof or to illuminate staircases- or to create a focal point with design.
Second, choose the glass and insulation
The glass and insulation you pick for your windows will impact directly with the energy efficiency of your house. You need the correct insulation for every season to keep the heat in winter and avoid the overheat with the sunlight in summer. If you choose a proper solution, you can lower your household energy costs up to 15%.
Even if you are planning to use curtains or blinds a poor performing glass won’t protect furniture, carpets and walls from fading. Talk to your contractor about the different options on UV protection, solar heat gain, light transmittance and heat protection that best suits your climate.
Third, choose the styling and decoration
You have to decide now the best finish to match the interior and exterior design of your windows. Most of the models came with a weather resistant exterior and a more delicate interior.
Choose the exterior finish in the color that best suits your design and needs the least maintenance and make sure they provide guarantee for that. For the interior, you can also choose a low-maintenance option or more artistic one like un-finished wood to get more creative with a personalized finish.
You can order grilles and hardware that match your home decoration and some art glass to add accent to a space, too.
As you can see, the options are countless but you can follow these three easy steps and then just let the contractors work until your windows are ready to let the sunlight pass through them.