Upon your decision to update your home’s windows, or if you are building a new home, you’re going to see many different options in terms of style and purpose. Choosing the right windows can give your home an updated look that you will enjoy for years to come.
Installing new windows improves your home’s appearance and increases its value. When you first start window shopping (no pun intended) you’ll learn that there are a lot of choices on the market. It’s pretty easy to become overwhelmed by the variety of types and styles of windows. So how should you choose the right windows? Five criteria to consider include function, looks, durability, installation, and price.
1. What Do You Want For Your Space?
What is the purpose of the space that you are choosing windows for? What function do you want the windows to serve? This differs depending on the room where the window is going to be placed and how it’s used. Is it a study where all you need is reading light? Or is it a craft/playroom where you want lots of light so you can see what you’re doing?
You’ll want to consider the area outside the window. For example, if you are replacing the window in an office or study and that room faces a busy street you may want to consider double paned windows. If it gets a lot of sun perhaps a UV treated or shaded window is more appropriate.
2. Don’t Cramp Your Home’s Style
Work with your home’s style. What kind of windows does it have now? What is the color of your house and what kind of color scheme do you want to build into it? Do some initial image searches online or ask your window provider for some pictures of style examples.
3. Strong as a Rock, OR Able to Take One!
Windows are one of the biggest investments you will make in your home. You want a window that will be durable, one that will last for many years and be able to withstand the elements where you live. The exteriors of windows take a lot of abuse from weather alone, so choose a window that won’t get easily scarred over time. The window and the frame should be able to withstand long exposures to wind, sun, and rain.
4. Quick and Easy Installation for a Lifetime of Benefits
Installing your new windows shouldn’t be a long process, you should be enjoying the benefits of your new windows in a matter of days with minimal disruption to your life. Don’t let the process of choosing and installing your new home windows be a detriment to your regular routine.
5. Pay Now, Get Money Back Later!
New windows do cost money, but keeping your current windows could be costing you more. Older windows aren’t energy efficient and studies have shown that you can lose up to a third of your home’s energy through old windows. The better quality windows you choose, the more money you will save in the long run. They will eventually pay for themselves.
Based on your choice of windows, you could be looking at a substantial economic and appearance upgrade to your home. Consider these tips and call a window professional at SC Home – Roofing, Windows & Siding for more information. We can put you on your way to one of the best improvements you make to your home in no time! Contact SC Home – Roofing, Windows & Siding for a no-obligation, no-cost window consultation today.