Are you thinking about changing windows? With all the new and popular architecture and designs, finding the right windows for your home may not be an easy task.
When should I be changing windows?
Are your windows helping you feel more comfortable at home? If not, you may want to consider changing windows. Understanding the characteristics of the different types of windows will help you decide which windows to choose. This would include the frame materials, glass and glazing features, and the type of operation of your window. These are some of the features you must consider when you are thinking about switching to other types of windows.
Choosing your Window Frames
When buying or changing windows, window frames are one of the important things to consider because they provide the structure of the window. Windows with good quality frames will remain working regardless of the weather. When looking for quality windows, start focusing on the type and size of the frames first before taking care of the glass.
Vinyl window frames
Made from Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), vinyl frames are the most affordable and versatile, making it a real practical choice. Vinyl frames are also good insulators, allowing it to absorb heat and make your home a bit cooler. However, vinyl frames may not be as durable as the other frames. They are also less aesthetic than wooden or aluminum frames.
Aluminum window frames
If you want long lasting windows with a sleek and modern design, you might want to consider aluminum frames. Being one of the most durable, these frames will not wear out in sunlight, and will not rot or break. However, they are quite expensive compared to the other frames.
Fiberglass window frames
Fiberglass are best known to resist weather and temperature changes. They expand and contract along with the weather. Fiberglass is also a good insulator to prevent your home from taking in heat. However, they look a lot like vinyl frames, and just like aluminum, fiberglass frames are expensive.
Wooden window frames
When properly maintained, wooden frames are as durable as the other types. They are also the most aesthetic. However, they are not the best in withstanding any weather as they often rot and wear out in extreme weather. With this, they require regular maintenance.
Choosing your Glass or Glazing
In addition to choosing your window frame, you will need to consider the type of glazing or glass you should use. The glass or glazing material improves your home’s energy efficiency. You could customize your home with different types of glazing for different windows depending on the weather. The following are the types of window glazing and where they are most suitable:
Insulated window glazing
This will make use of two or more glass panes spaced apart, leaving an insulating air space. This allows any heat to be absorbed by the window, making it an ideal choice if you live in a hotter area.
This glazing, which is a bit more expensive than other windows, makes use of a thin film applied to a glass panel. This film reduces energy loss by 30-50% by controlling the transfer of heat through the windows.
A specific type of low-emissivity coating, this glazing filters out 40-70% of the heat transmitted while allowing visible light in. If you plan to have a home with good natural lighting while keeping most of the heat out, this type of glass makes a good option.
Choosing your Window operating type
You might also want to customize how your windows are operated. This will allow you to manually control your desired room temperature. In doing so, you will need to keep in mind how the air flows or leaks when you open the window.
Some types of window that you may choose from include:
They cannot be opened. As such, no air can flow inside. They are suitable in areas that need lighting but not much ventilation such as attics.
These have hinges at the top and opens outward. Air does not easily escape compared to sliding windows since the window presses against the frame.
This is also like an awning, the only difference is that the hinges are placed at the bottom and they open inwards.
The hinges are placed sides. The window also presses against the frame therefore providing low air leakage.
Single-sliding or double-sliding
One or both window slides horizontally. Because the windows are not pressed against the frame, air may escape.
Single-hung and double-hung
The windows slide vertically, and just like sliding windows, air may escape.
Let the Experts in Glass Windows Help You
When thinking switching to new or a different type of window, seek advice from professionals in the glass industry. Send us an email or give us a call and we’ll help you find the quality and affordable glass window solutions that fit your needs and budget.