How to Choose Windows for Your Home

August 16, 2017

Stylish windows make your home more beautiful and also add value to your home.

 

Windows are available is a variety of styles, shapes, and colors, but when making a selection, you also want to ensure that the windows you choose offer the desired level of light and ventilation so that your home looks and feels cozy and comfortable.

You will also want options that are durable, energy efficient, and well-constructed. If you’re remodeling, you’ll want to go for windows that are in keeping with the style and character of your home, but will also give it a unique look.

Here are some important things to consider when choosing windows for your home.

  1.   Choose windows that are energy efficient. You want windows that will add to the beauty of your home, but at the same time help you save on your heating or cooling bill. Energy efficient windows will help to reduce your energy costs over the long term.
  2.   Choose a style that complements the exterior of your home. Most homes have single- or double-hung windows, as these give great ventilation and are very versatile. Single-hung windows have a fixed sash at the top, so they have fewer moving parts. They are also secure and energy-efficient, and more affordable than double-hung windows. Double-hung windows are available in different styles, and are very easy to maintain.
  3.   Pay close attention to the quality of the windows you choose.  Even if you are on a tight budget, it is possible to get good quality windows at an affordable price. Brands do matter, so you want to make sure to choose windows from a company that has a reputation for providing quality products. Well-known brands also have a warranty, which is important in case there are any problems and you need to get replacement parts.
  4.   Choose windows that suit the climate of the region you’re in. If you live in an area that is prone to rain and temperature extremes, you want to choose windows that are moisture-resistant. Materials like vinyl and fiberglass are a good choice, as they hold up well in different situations. If you’re worried about storms, choose windows that are hurricane-resistant and that meet the building codes of the area.
  5.   Get creative and add some features to your windows. While energy efficiency and heat resistance are important considerations when choosing windows, it’s fun to add some creative features that will make them look more attractive. You can change up the look of your windows by adding features like lift handles, which are available in a range of different finishes and colors.

Once you get the windows you’re looking for, the next step is to have them properly installed. Look for a contractor that knows how to install the brand of windows you’ve purchased, so that the installation will be done well.  Happy window hunting!