The windows of your home are a very important feature. They allow golden sunlight to enter your home, add to its beauty, as well as its curb appeal. Many homeowners take pride in their windows and carefully think their choice of windows though.
The best part is that in this day and age, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to windows. There are so many types, materials, and colours to choose from. You can find the right one for your home in any budget.
Once you choose a style and material for your window, there’s no going back. And since this home improvement project takes up time and money, before you make your decision, here are some factors to consider:
Energy costs have been increasing significantly over the years. The drastic effects of climate change have played a major role in this change. Heating and cooling make up a big chunk of your home’s utilities. This year, Canada experienced one of the worst winters ever, with temperatures going as low as –42 Celsius. The polar vortex encapsulated the great white north as well as other countries. Homeowners had to spend a large amount of money to keep the temperatures in their home comfortable.
Other than the teeth shattering cold, some parts of Canada, like British Columbia, also get quite warm in the summers. Homeowners then need to drop the temperature on their thermostats.
Having energy efficient windows can help slash your heating and cooling bills. These windows are specially created to keep both too much cold and warmth out of your home due to their low emissivity. They also protect inhabitants from the harmful UV rays of the sun and infrared rays.
Experts also suggest homeowners have their windows replaced if they develop any cracks or if their seals have broken. These can allow cold air to get into your home and lower the temperature.
The climate you live in
You need to take into consideration the climate you live in when choosing windows for your home. This factors in the average temperature, amount of sunlight, rain, snow, etc. your city experiences. Areas that are exposed to strong sunlight need to invest in UV protected windows. In Canada, most homes welcome the warmth. Look for windows with a high Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (closer to 1); this will help lower your energy bills.
Ground to ceiling windows may look stunning, but you need to consider their functionality as well. Such windows are great to let sunlight in, but could expose your home to damage and break-ins. Other windows are designed to be open and shut, but this isn’t a function you need in every room. Sliding windows are a good option for kitchens and patios, but they take up more space than the average window. Vertical windows are ideal for bedrooms, while horizontal windows are better for family rooms like the lounge or dining area.
Window design and material
Window design is all about the frame that’s used in your windows. There are a couple of materials you can choose from, like timber, steel, aluminum, or even a hybrid of the timber and aluminum.
Timber windows look stunning and have a luxurious feel, but come with a price. Timber windows require high maintenance. They require refinishing every few years due to weather stripping.
They do add warmth to your home and are perfect for more traditional architecture and rustic houses. Timber frames come in all shapes and sizes, so if you’re looking for large French windows or more contemporary frames, it can be done.
Aluminum framing is often used for its sleek and minimalist look. This material is extensively used in commercial building’s but also in modern homes for a futuristic touch. Aluminum framing comes in a powder coated and anodized finish. Standardized residential framing is the most cost-efficient option to go for.
Steel framing is perfect for homeowners who want to add an industrial aesthetic to their home. It’s best suited for homes with an angular and modern aesthetic. Steel framing is also thinner in profile, but much more expensive. However, if you want your home to have a dramatic impact, this is the one to go for.
Types of glass
Building codes specify different requirements for glass installed as windows. The type of glass and its thickness depends on the height above ground and whether or not they perform other jobs like being a balustrade. These codes are stipulated to minimize damage and injury to the max. Strong glass options are able to withstand pressure, impact, and be shatterproof.
Here are some of the types of glass for your home and their uses:
Glass can be tinted during its manufacturing process or it can be coloured after manufacturing. An adhesive film is applied to give homeowners the kind of tint they want. As an added protective measure, glass can be laminated together in layers. This provides protection against harmful UV rays and added privacy, if you like.
Tinting the windows improves the solar performance of the glass. Large west-facing areas of the home, as well as skylights, can be installed with low emissivity glass for higher performance. This type of glass can keep heat in your home so that you don’t have to rely too much on your HVAC.
This one is a great option for those who want the brightness of the sunlight without having to compromise their privacy. Such glass is mostly used for front doors, bathroom windows, and as dividers in a home. They look chic and are easy to maintain.
Whether you’ve decided on having Low E, tinted, insulated, or tempered glass installed in your home, don’t forget to have your residential glass replaced and repaired by us! Our experienced technicians ensure the best service to every client. We also provide auto glass and commercial glass services. Book an appointment with us today! Or speak to our representatives for any assistance you might need at 310-4527.