Choosing The Right Windows For Your Home
One of the most difficult aspects of building a home is the design. It’s incredibly hard to make decisions on interior decor when you are building new and you don’t have anything to compare all the different options to. From the little bits and pieces like fittings, doorknobs and sinks to colours, curtains, doors and windows, there are choices at every turn and it’s sometimes difficult to envision what a finished build will look like.
Responsible for all the natural light in the home, ventilation and the atmosphere indoors, windows play a huge part in the design of your home.
Not sure where to start when it comes to choosing the right windows for your build? Use some of these techniques to pick the right materials for your home.
Maintenance-Free Clad Windows
Unlike painted wood windows, clad windows never need painting or maintenance. With a prefinished aluminium or vinyl covering the wood, choosing clad windows means you never have to worry about repainting after years of use and weather damage. If you have the budget for the slightly higher initial cost, consider clad windows for their ease and for the extra value they add to a property.
Seeing What Looks Good
Don’t just make guesses trying to imagine how your home is going to look – window and door software lets you view exactly what your home will look like when completed. The latest in 3D design applications take all the guesswork out of home planning and put the power in your hands. Try a range of sashes and materials, switch out awning windows for single or double hung ones and choose the right look and function for your home with ease.
Hardware to Suit Your Style
Don’t just consider the positioning and the framing that you use to fit the decor of your home, think about the hardware your window uses and how that fits into your design as well. There are plenty of different hardware mechanisms for operable windows – choose one that suits the look of your home.
Single and double hung windows both use a latch on the sash to keep the window in place. Hung windows look fantastic and feel great, but can wear easily with time unless properly maintained.
Awning windows open and close with a crank in the windowsill and are a less common sight than other window types. Alternatively a simple latch could be used to hold the sash closed; awning windows suit kitchens and bathrooms – especially where you want to limit the gap created.
Casement windows are some of the most common and can be big while still easy to open. Notched handles hold the windows open and fold down to stay low-profile when the window is closed.
Take the time to choose the right windows. Explore your options and create the perfect home to suit your style and decor.