When you’re building a new home, there are so many decisions to make that it can be easy just to want to get it all over with. However, it’s important not to let decision fatigue get to you, as not thinking through your decisions can lead to mistakes that will cost you in the long run.
With all the decisions swirling around in their heads, many homeowners can make the mistake of not thinking enough about their windows. But windows are an essential part of our homes that connect us to the outdoors, allow natural light into our homes, and provide airflow.
While we know making the right choice for your new windows can be overwhelming, here are some steps to make the process a little easier.
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Working with Quality Manufacturers
When building your home, you want to be sure you’re investing in quality windows and that you get them installed by certified professionals. A bad installation can render quality products useless and inefficient, so make sure you use a reliable source for high quality windows and their installation.
Choosing Your Style
There are many types of windows, from hung to casement to picture. Ultimately, your decision will start with whether you want fixed or operable windows. Having fixed windows like picture windows allows plenty of opportunities for light to filter into your home. Still, operable windows like casement and hung windows provide ventilation and let fresh air get inside. In many cases, homeowners will choose a combination of both, providing the best of both worlds. Consider your needs in each area of your home and go from there.
Keep Maintenance in Mind
If you’ve dreamed of having wood windows for years, you may be married to the idea. But it’s essential to be realistic about the amount of upkeep involved in anything you choose for your new home. Wood windows are stunning and timeless, but they also require regular maintenance to preserve their beauty and function. If that’s something you don’t mind or even enjoy doing, no problem. But if it’s something that’s likely to fall off your to-do list after a year or two, it might be better to go with something lower maintenance, like vinyl windows.
Or, if you still want the look of wood windows but don’t want the upkeep, consider clad windows. These marry the classic look of wood windows with the easy care of aluminum or vinyl windows. Just be sure you’re realistic about the work you’re willing to put in.
When windows are chosen and installed correctly, we hardly notice them. They blend into our homes, provide light and ventilation, and let us glimpse the outdoors. But when they’re done incorrectly, we can see when they don’t match our homes, or we can feel when they are installed incorrectly through air leaks and draughts. Taking the time to make the right choice for your new construction windows will allow you to have plenty of years of peace of mind knowing you have quality, lasting windows.