When building your dream home, start with this handy list of 6 things to consider when buying new construction windows. At Wholesale Home Improvements, we know you want everything to be perfect. Did you know that lighting is ranked as one of the significant areas where homeowners make mistakes? Not only are we talking just about lamps and electrical outlet placement, but also positioning windows and optimizing to bring natural light into the home. To avoid a misstep, this list can keep you on track.
- Choose the right window type
Windows come in two forms, being new construction windows and replacement. The first is what you should choose for a new building. Replacement windows lack a nail fin for nailing the window directly into the frame, the purpose being a less invasive method of installation, so that siding or trim doesn’t have to be removed to install the new window. This one is an easy choice so you can just move on to the next step.
- Choose the right window material
There are a large variety of materials used to make windows, the three most common being wood, vinyl, and aluminum. Each type of material has its set of pros and cons which will undoubtedly be deciding factors in which type of material you choose.
For example, wood windows are very energy efficient, but require a bit more upkeep and tend to land on the pricier end of the spectrum. Aluminum windows, on the other hand, is very inexpensive but is severely lacking in the energy-efficient department. You might pay less upfront, but you will certainly make up the difference in your monthly energy bills over time.
Vinyl windows makes a nice compromise between the other two by being energy efficient, relatively inexpensive, and also come with easy maintenance, but you lose a little on style. You can choose from a variety of colors but you can’t change your mind later like with wood.
Determine the factors that are important to you and base your decision on that. It will be different in every situation and depend primarily on your budget and sense of style.
- Choose your window style
When buying new construction windows, there are a variety of styles to choose from, and each offers various benefits. For example, double-hung windows are highly popular for the ability to open them from both the top and the bottom, making cleaning and maintenance very easy. Plus, the design goes well in any room of your home.
Other options to choose from include single-hung, casement, awning, slider, bay, bow, picture, geometric and garden windows. Casement windows are similar to single or double-hung, but the hinges are on the side, and there is a crank to open them, making them ideal for difficult to reach places like over the kitchen sink. Awning windows also have a crank but are hinged at the top, meaning you can open them in the rain and the window itself will act as an awning to keep out the rain.
Sliders are like double hung windows on their side. They open from side to side in both directions and are ideal for rooms where you want a wide view. Bow and bay windows both project out from your home adding dimension and character to the outside and even space for seating and storage to the inside. Garden windows also jut out but are smaller, and people often use them in kitchens and put potted plants or herbs in them to take advantage of the extra light.
Picture and geometric don’t open, which makes them more energy efficient than other types of windows. They’re perfect for rooms where you want a big window, but airflow isn’t your primary concern. You don’t have to choose the same window style for your whole home but rather can change it up depending on the window’s location and the mood you are trying to create in each room.
- Choose the level of energy efficiency
Energy efficiency is a remarkably important topic in our culture today. Not only are people interested in how they can help with protecting the environment, but also, they are interested in effective ways to manage their heating and cooling bills, what with the rising costs of energy these days.
There are various options for improving the efficiency of window glass. Argon or Krypton gas can be injected into the space between the panes to offer better insulation than just plain air. Windows most commonly are double paned, but if you have the extra cash to spend on triple-paned windows, you will enjoy an added boost to energy efficiency.
You can also use Low-E window coatings to help reflect infrared light. This helps keep heat in during the winter and out during the summer. It also has the added advantage of contributing to the prevention of your furniture and drapes from fading as a result of exposure to UV light.
Also, look for an Energy Star rating when buying new construction windows to know that the government has approved the efficiency of that window model. There are various levels of energy star performance and you can choose the one that best suits your needs.
- Choose custom options
Building new construction is the perfect opportunity to design a house exactly the way you want it and give it your creative flare. Custom window options like colors, added grids and window shape are all great ways to add character to your home and make it stand out from the rest. With all the options available today, the sky (and your budget) is the limit for how creative you can get with your windows.
- Send your choices to the builder
Once you have settled on your choices, be sure to share those with the builder so they can do their job effectively. Also, be open to any suggestions or modifications the builder might offer. At the end of the day, you want to end up with the best results for your new home, so don’t be afraid to take advice.
If you have any concerns or don’t know what you should choose at any point in the process, know that you have friendly experts here at Wholesale Home Improvements who can answer all your window questions. You may not be an expert in buying new construction windows, but we are! Our 25 years of experience selling and installing new windows in the Denver area gives us a wealth of knowledge and expertise that will be yours when you enlist our help in choosing windows for your home. Call today!