Windows are an essential aspect of any home or, indeed, any building at all. Almost every room of the house will have windows, and sometimes people choose to have their whole walls covered in them to ensure as much natural lighting as possible. However, before you jump in and choose your favorite style of windows there are a few technical aspects, which can affect your choice, that you should consider. Here are three important considerations that you should bear in mind when you choose what type of windows your house needs.
If you live in an area where the temperature swings wildly from season to season, then you have to be very careful what type of windows you get. Regular, single-pane windows have very little to no thermal insulation, which means that during winter or summer they will be massive heat sinks that either heat or cool your house (depending on the season). Instead of letting this happen, you should install double or even triple-glazed windows. These types of windows have little gaps filled with specially chosen gases between each windowpane that add a lot of thermal insulation without distorting the view at all. This can save you a bucket-load in the long term and is something that every homeowner needs to consider.
If your home is mostly in the shade thanks to surrounding environmental features such as major hills or a lot of trees, then sunlight is not really going to be one of your major concerns. However, if you do not have those things blocking your view, and instead live out on an open plain, then you might want to consider getting tinted windows, particularly on your top floors or in your bedroom. Tinted windows change depending on the sunlight, so they are only in full effect when it is very bright and annoying, generally at twilight and sunrise.
Most people either have fixed or sliding windows, but there are actually quite a few other designs out there that could be beneficial for your particular needs. For example, in Europe tilt and turn windows are very popular, as they allow you to open the window at the top or swing it open on the side. Perhaps you only have a small window in your basement or garage that you need for ventilation, then you might want to try a hopper. Or, if you are going for a more old-fashioned look then you could go with a double-hung window. There are many choices outside the traditional options, so have a look to see if there is one that better suits your needs!
For more information about windows, contact a window company in your area.Share