Choosing Replacement Windows
Considering a remodeling project or a new build? Among the many construction materials you will have to choose are the replacement windows. Having a beautiful view or a private home lot may have you thinking about using large windows to bring the outside in to the home. There are a myriad of factors to consider when choosing your windows. Here are some window tips for a successful remodeling project:
- DESIGN The design of your new windows should flow with the general architecture of the house. Take into consideration whether the home is modern or traditional, and choose the windows accordingly. Placement of the windows is another aspect. Do you want a section of the home to open up to nature, or the entire back of the home?
- MATERIAL/FRAME TYPE Window frames can be made of aluminum or wood, depending upon the look you are trying to achieve. For a rustic or traditional home, choose the wood. For a more modern, streamlined feel, choose aluminum.
- ENERGY EFFICIENCY Look for windows that are NFRC rated to ensure that they can withstand all climates and weather situations. Window walls span a large length of the house and if they are not energy-efficient, they can drain your pocketbook.
- GLAZING/GLASS OPTIONS Glazing can help improve your energy savings. There are many different thicknesses of glass that can be chosen. Study the home to determine exactly what you need. For example, if you live in a location with harsh winters, choose a thicker glass. Another option is to add a special heat glazing to your glass. Special tints are also available for privacy.
- OPERABILITY There are three basic types of glass walls: folding, sliding, and frameless. Folding walls allow you to open small sections or the entire wall depending on your need. Sliding walls stack upon each other and are great for walls that curve. Frameless walls provide a seamless look, even when closed. Which one suits your particular home?
- SECURITY Choose windows that are secure to protect your family during bad weather and to keep you safe from intruders. They should be made of sound, sturdy material. Check the product specifications for specific security standards and ratings.
- DURABILITY You want windows that will last for a long time, with parts that are dependable. You also want the assurance that your window wall comes with a first-rate warranty to give you the confidence that any potential issues will be taken care of by the vendor.
Contact us for guidance with choosing what type of large window you need for your home project.