Guide to Selecting Windows the Right Way!
- Window Guide
- June 5, 2015
Windows are an important part of every home adding light and warmth to it. While building homes or remodeling them, home owners spend considerable amount of time and resources in deciding what kind of windows to put up. Though visual appeal is the top consideration for most, there are several other factors like natural light, energy efficiency, warmth, etc. that require attention while making this decision.
Conducting a thorough research is crucial to selecting the right windows as this will make you aware of various options in terms of sizes, styles, glasses, shapes, designs, shapes, energy efficiency, etc. Meeting window dealers, suppliers, architects, builders, interior designers to gain appropriate knowledge is also essential. Here are a few tips to help home owners decide how to go about selecting windows for their home:
Size and configuration
It is important for you as a home owner to decide the configuration and size of window depending upon your preferences. By configurations we refer to its operations as to how it shall open and close. This varies in case of different window types with each having its own advantages and disadvantages. You can choose a window depending upon the space you have, ease and frequency of operation desired by you, etc.
Complement the architectural design of your home
The windows you choose have to complement the architectural structure and style of your home. Consult your builder or designer to understand what windows and doors shall best suit your home. Also pay attention to how they shall look from the outside as they shall form a major part of the exterior view of your home. Consider materials like fiberglass, aluminum or vinyl that are durable and long lasting for the exterior and wood for the interiors. If you do choose wooden frames make sure that it matches with the flooring and furniture of the room where they are being installed.
Mix and match
There are various types of windows like casement, awnings, bay and bow, slider, fixed, double or single hung. You can try a mix of these varieties to avoid monotony and add variation to your home with the aim of maximizing natural light, increasing energy efficiency and enhance curb appeal.
During the entire process of selecting and windows installations, bear in mind your budget. If that is a constraint then it is advisable to go for standardized versions. But if you have a flexible budget, you can go for customized variations with enhanced creativity with wooden frames, grilles, etched or colored glasses for visual appeal.
For better energy efficiency focus on frame construction, double or triple glazed glasses, insulation and sealing. Also look for Energy Star rated windows that have high R-value, low U-value, Low E coating, argon filled panes, warranties, etc. Look for reputed windows and door manufacturers for all these features.
Few ideas for window installations
- Try installing bay and bow windows in the living room for maximum natural light.
- Beautify the breakfast or dining area with a combination of casement and awning windows complemented with attractive hardware.
- Install valances if possible to enhanced appearances.
- Experiment with various geometric shapes and sizes for windows for an eclectic architectural look.
- Invest in high quality Low E, double or triple glazed glasses to save energy bills.
- Try combinations of windows for every room if possible.
- With these considerations, you can be rest assured about charming and enticing look for your home!