A very important part of your home is the windows. Choosing the windows you want to have in your home will give you a great deal of enjoyment and satisfaction after the process is done. When you are building a home or choosing windows to put in your home, there are some important things to take into consideration. Here are some features that you should look for in the windows you decide to put in your home.
Light: One of the most important functions of windows is to let light into your home. Light is so important to the way that your home feels and looks. A big room with small windows will feel dark and secluded and almost any room with larger windows will feel more open and comfortable. You can make many of your redecorating decisions based on the positioning and size of your windows to take full advantage of the light that they provide. One thing that is very important to consider is what kind of light you are letting in and where. Older windows do not block UV (ultraviolet) light, which we now know to be harmful to many things inside your home from furniture, to paintings, to flooring and other decorations. Many new windows now come with what is called low-e glass. This means that there is very little, if any, ultraviolet light that passes through them. This will keep the inside of your home protected and keep their original colors and luster for much longer.
Insulation: Windows also play the important function of insulating your home from unwanted exterior sounds. A window really is a hole in your wall and old glass holds back much less sound than newer double-paned and insulated windows. Windows also need to keep out the cold in the winter, the hot in the summer, and the rain and snow when it’s wet. Getting a better window will almost always translate into lower heating and cooling bills because temperatures are maintained longer and with less effort from your furnace or A/C.
Cleanliness: Being able to clean windows is an important way to make and keep your house looking great. It used to be very difficult to clean windows, but there are now windows that have latches and panes that can reverse so that they can be cleaned safely and efficiently from the inside of your home. If having spotless windows at all times is important to you, then this may be a very good feature to include in your new windows.
Privacy: Many window manufacturers now offer built-in blinds and other window treatments. These allow for less cleaning and less maintenance of blinds or other treatments that may become unattractive over time. Many of them have blinds that will move between two panes of glass that will keep dust off the blinds and completely block out light when needed. They can also be completely retracted to let in a great deal of light when it is wanted and then go back to privacy later with almost no effort. These kinds of blinds also eliminate the choking hazard associated with other types of blinds or curtains that require a pull string that could be harmful to animals or small children.
Wood or vinyl frames: It is also important to decide if you want to have wood or vinyl frames. The main difference in function will be the look provided. Wood will be more natural while vinyl is more modern and more appealing to a wide range of people. The decision should be based on what you think best fits your style.
Take an inventory of what is most important to you and then make your window selection based on those things. There are many features offered that would be nice but that can also quickly inflate the price of windows. Weigh your options with your needs and make the decision that best fits both.
Information for this article was taken from homebuilding remodeling.com
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