Choosing the Right Windows for your Home

Awning window for an apartment

Windows are an essential part of your home. The windows you pick affect the aesthetic, curb appeal, ventilation, energy efficiency, etc. of your home, making it something you want to spend your time considering.

If you’re replacing your home’s current windows, do the math to figure out how cost-effective the various window options are. An important aspect to consider is energy efficiency. It’s essential to get a good read on the thermal transmission issues lie in your home, before you begin the process of replacing the windows.

When is window replacement essential?

The windows have single-pane glass

Most homes have cheap and poor performing windows when constructed. Builders do this to keep the costs low, but single-pane windows are of no good. Homeowners have to eventually have these windows replaced at some point or the other. Single pane windows result in loss of heating and cooling and isn’t ideal if you live in a noisy neighborhood.

They are in poor condition

Older windows made with poor quality materials are likely to wear out. They are susceptible to breakage and can contribute to water leaks, pest infestations, and humidity issues around your home too. Cracked windowpanes, rotting frames, non-operational windows are all reasons to consider a window replacement.

The windows pose safety problems

Windows that don’t open or shut completely pose safety problems. Your home is more susceptible to burglars if the windows aren’t shut all the way. Likewise, windows that don’t open are dangerous too, since they can’t be used during an emergency. Loose and weak windows are also hazards and should be replaced.

You plan on changing the window design and functionality

If you’re in the process of changing up the look and aesthetic of your home, window replacements can help. Traditional windows can look quite out of place if you want a more modern vibe to your home. Sliding windows are more appropriate for a minimalist interior and exterior design.

vinyl sliding window

Window frame material

Vinyl

Vinyl is an affordable and durable material that makes the perfect substitute for the traditional wooden windows. A well-constructed, designed, and installed window is a practical choice when you’re on a budget and if you’re looking for a long-lasting window option too. They provide optimal energy efficiency when paired with the right kind of glass as well. However, there’s a common misconception that vinyl window frames offer limited color choices. In reality you can get over 20 color variants and some replicate the look of wood too. It’s all about getting in touch with the right manufacturer.

Aluminum

For years, aluminum windows have been the top recommendation by builders. Aluminum provides unparalleled strength and durability. Aluminum windows are quite popular in areas that are rainy and humid since it doesn’t rust. Aluminum windows also meet stringent coastal building codes in areas prone to hurricanes, thanks to their superior strength. Certain manufacturers provide a variety of colors for aluminum windows too. Check out some of the options here.

Type of glass

Glass is an important component of the window that impacts its functionality. Window glass should be chosen based on thermal insulation, sound insulation, and safety. Here are some glass options that serve all the three purposes:

  • Floating glass
  • Tinted glass
  • Double glazed glass
  • Triple glazed glass

These glass options provided by ORIDOW have a Low-E coating that reflects heat outside, reducing solar gain during warmer weather. Your home will be cooler as usual, reducing your reliance on your HVAC system. The Low-E coating on the third surface of a double-glazed window keeps the heat in during colder months, reducing heating costs.

The design

Casement windows

Casement windows offer lasting results and an artistic finish to a home. It adds to the architectural aspect of a home and are quite easy to maintain as well. These windows can easily be opened and closed, while still providing safety. These windows can be hung on either side and can open outside or inside. Usually homeowners opt for inward swinging windows since they are easier to clean.

Bay windows

upvc bay windows

Bay windows consist of three windows: a large window is placed in the center, while two narrower windows are placed at an angle on either side. Bay windows enhance the view of a home and make the perfect corner for some time alone. It can be transformed into a reading corner or a little spot for your pet too.
Bow windows

Bow windows are similar to bay windows and they are often confused for one another. Bow windows are tall and narrow and grouped in fours. They are built into a curved window structure protruding from the exterior wall. Bow windows offer a 180° view of the outdoors, bringing the outdoor view indoors. Such windows are more commonly seen in living rooms.

Awning windows

Awning windows are hinged on the top. These windows swing open from the bottom and move outwards. The best part about this design is that you can keep these windows open while it’s raining and won’t have to worry about any water getting into your home. Awning windows are commonly used in apartments and higher floors.

Sliding Windows

Sliding windows are a more modern take on windows. They are common in commercial settings, but have now begun to be incorporated into residential spaces too. They save plenty of space and enhance the view of a room. Sliding windows are the easiest to maintain and operate as well.

ORIDOW is a leading aluminum and PVC door and window manufacturer. We provide high-quality UPVC and aluminum windows, doors screens, and shutters for commercial and residential use. Our competitive rates and premium quality have made us market leaders today. Our teams strive to provide international quality and reliable products that are also aesthetically pleasing. The window and door designs we offer can be easily customized to achieve the look you are going for. Get in touch with us for a free design consultation and quotation.

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