A lot of people don’t realize how important it is to choose the right windows for your home. Not only do windows play a big role in how your home looks, both from the outside and the inside, but, they are also a key factor in how eco-friendly your home is and whether you are getting enough light. So, with all this in mind, let’s take a closer look at how to choose new windows for your home.
Types of windows
Seeing that windows can be custom-made, there are potentially countless different types for you to choose from. But, for the sake of analysis, we are going to break them down into 8 distinct types. More often than not, the windows you end up choosing will be one of the following:
- Double-hung windows – Double-hung windows are opened by sliding the window frame up or down. Therefore, there is no part of the window that protrudes while it is open. The reason why they are called “double-hung” is that you can either slide the bottom part up, or you can slide the top part down. On single-hung windows, you can only slide the bottom part.
- Casement windows – These are your regular windows that function via a crank mechanism.
- Awning windows – Awning windows are hinged at the top, and allow the person to open them outward from the bottom.
- Picture windows – These are large, closed windows that allow for maximum light.
- Transom windows – Transom windows are small windows, usually placed above doors. They can either be operating to let in more air or non-operating (stationary) to simply add more light.
- Slider windows – These windows slide horizontally within their frame.
- Stationary windows – Stationary windows do not open and usually function to only bring in natural light into a room.
- Bay windows – Bay windows protrude from the exterior of the home, therefore giving it more room. These usually come in large frames where the middle window is stationary, while the sides have casements or double-hung windows.
Choose new windows for your home
Now that you know what general types of windows there are, we can go over choosing the right one for your home. In order to choose new windows for your home, there are a couple of factors that you need to consider. Which of these factors is more important is entirely up to you. But, we do always suggest that you first value the insulation and the amount of light that your windows provide. After that, you can consider how well they go with your home.
Picking the right frames
Materials that you pick for your frames will determine how sturdy they are and how easy it is to maintain them. Vinyl is the most common choice, as it can give you the best bang for your buck. It will not peel, rot, or warp, and it’s quite resistant to termites. Furthermore, once you install your windows, you won’t have to sand, paint or stain vinyl for as long as you have it. To top it all off, vinyl is quite customizable, which can be quite important when you choose new windows for your home.
Now, you can go more traditional and get wooden window frames. But, maintaining them can prove to be quite arduous and costly in the long run. So, while maintaining your home is important, try not to give yourself too much to maintain.
Consider your home
When new choosing windows for your home you have limitless potential to what you can get and combine. But, as you will soon learn, most homes have windows that are suited specifically for them. Our advice is to carefully consider your home and to figure out which those windows are. Traditional homes usually go better with traditional windows like bay or double-hung. Meanwhile, modern homes can get away with Picture windows and Awning windows. This is especially important to note if you’re planning a big move soon and you want to sell your home before relocating. Having decent windows for your home is one of the more important aspects when it comes to selling. So, if necessary, consult with an interior designer to get an idea of what windows to opt for.
Picking the right glass package
An important factor to keep in mind when you choose new windows for your home is that they need to provide proper insulation. Cheaper windows might seem like a good deal at first. But, once you consider how energy inefficient they can be, you’ll soon see that quality insulation is the best money saver.
It is important to understand, though, that it is not only the type of glass that determines how energy efficient your windows are. Windows are surprisingly complex systems. You will probably get one of these glass packages:
- Dual-pane glass – a standard choice of glass package made out of two panes of glass with airspace in the middle.
- Triple-pane glass – this adds an extra glass pane, therefore creating another layer of airspace. It provides better insulation then the dual pane.
The air between the glass panes is either Argon gas or Krypton gas. Both help windows get an extra amount of energy efficiency.
A final tip about window installment
Once you choose new windows for your home, you will have to install them. And, while there are ways that you can learn online how to do so, we still suggest that you hire a professional. Professional window installers will be able to properly install your window so that there are no structural or insulation issues. Know that taking down a badly installed window and installing a new one is much more expensive than simple installation. Therefore, while there are some red flags to avoid when hiring contractors, think twice before you opt for a DIY window installment.