Choosing the Right Windows for Your Home: Things to Consider

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What kind of windows should I buy? It might seem like an overwhelming question if you’re looking at all the different materials, ratings, colours and styles of windows online. But you don’t need to be overwhelmed. We can walk you through your window options and give you some important tips about how you can choose the best ones for your home. To that end, here are the main things you should consider when replacing windows. 

1. Know Your Frame Material Options 

When people look at window material types, they are usually looking at the different frame material options. There are many options, and they can change the performance and the looks of your windows. The basic three are as follows:   

  • Wood: Wood is beautiful and adds a natural warmth to your space. Wood is also highly insulative and will keep sound and heat from passing through them. However, wood is expensive, and it won’t perform very well in wet and humid climates. 
  • Vinyl: Vinyl is a more affordable material and provides better insulation than wood. While vinyl lacks the charm and beauty of wood, it brings a modern, clean feeling to a space. it is available in a wide range of colours and can match any style you are trying to create in your home. Vinyl windows also offer the most operating options to choose from. 
  • Fiberglass: Fiberglass has similar insulation qualities to vinyl; however, it is also the most expensive. While it lacks the natural charm of wood, it is available in a wide range of colours and can match any style you are trying to create in your home. 

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  2. Understand and Select Glass Ratings 

When choosing windows for new construction, people usually put the most emphasis on the glass and its quality, as this is mostly what determines the energy efficiency of the windows. Older homes deserve the same attention to energy efficiency, as long as they have insulation that performs well, or, as long as you plan on adding that insulation. There are two main window ratings to know:   

  • U-value: The U-value measures how much heat loss the window will resist. The lower the U-value is, the better insulation the window will provide. The best windows may have U-values below 0.25, while typical windows are above 1. 
  • Solar heat gain coefficient: This specific measure deals with only how much heat comes through the window’s glass. This is a useful measurement for us. In our climate this means that we have the potential for a lot of heat to come through our windows in the summer 

3. Focus on Window Types 

The best windows for your home renovation are those that enhance the new style you’re cultivating inside and outside of the home. There are many different window types which bring different styles and impressions to your space. Looking at the window types is the best way to get a sense of the feel each window will bring to your home. We suggest you look into at least these window types:  

Do you need more guidance about which windows would be the best for your home? The professionals at the Door Centre can help. Contact us today to discuss your window options, we would love to help.