Most people look at buying windows for your new home is a challenge, they’re not. New windows are an investment in your home. An investment which, if made wisely, not only increases the value of your home, but at the same time, cuts your energy bills, increases your comfort and reduces maintenance cost. However, like any investment decision, you need to determine what gives you the greatest value, not necessarily the lowest price. Here is what to look for when buying the windows for your new home.
What is the primary purpose of each window in your new home? Is it to let light in or to frame a beautiful view? Do you live in a place with extreme temperatures in the winter or summer? What style of window matches the build of your home? Maybe you want double glazing windows that really pop. Will that work on the inside, too? You have many options in how a window opens. Large expanses of the glass or even very small windows, both of them lend themselves to being fixed windows. Bedroom windows need to big enough to offer egress in case of a fire. For example, if your bedroom has the best view in the house, think about a fixed, large center with two windows big enough for escape that open and close on either side. And, think about light from above. A dark space with small windows may benefit from a skylight or solar tube.
The use of the windows as part of your inside Décor
Windows can solve problems beyond light, air and insulation. Think about a bay window that gives you plenty of space to grow your herbs and makes the room look bigger. There are wonderful patterns that block the view but add a beautiful touch to the interior. Your window company will have options you don’t expect even stained glass in some cases.
How many windows do you need?
Doing a whole new house at one-time may be outside your budget. As a rule of thumb, a company should be able to give you the best price if you do 5 to 8 at a time. That number gives the crew a full day’s work. If you’re not doing all your windows at the same time, think about the aesthetics. For example, you may want to do all the windows street-side first to keep you home looking put together instead of mismatched.
Your climate will most likely dictate the type of window you want; double pane is the most common. Triple pane may be desired in areas of extreme cold but the payback from lower utility costs could take as much as two decades. Again, listen to a local window pro who knows your area. Now, think about the frames. Steel and aluminum can be painted but transfer the most cold and heat. Vinyl is a choice for less transfer of outdoor temperatures to the inside – but they can’t be painted and usually come in only in white or beige. Fiberglass comes in different colors. Wood can be stained or painted. Both fiberglass and wood both insulate but tend to be the highest priced frames.
When buying new windows for your home, make sure to take into all the factors mentioned above and you’ll be well on your way to the perfect set of windows for your home!