So, the time has come to replace
glass with the new, and you’re wondering where to start.
You’re not alone! Hundreds of Kiwis struggle with the ins and outs of selecting
their ideal window design, and most of our clients have come to us at a loss
for where to begin.
We’re going to use our industry
knowledge to break down the three crucial aspects of window selection. Take a
look at the things you need to consider before picking the final product.
The key to choosing the right
frame for you is in knowing which material you are after. A large portion of
people choose wooden frames for their classic style, and they certainly have
their benefits, but there are a variety of options to choose from.
Let’s begin with a classic. Wood
is a fantastic framing choice because it fits into almost any style of décor, it’s
sturdy, and it’s not particularly conductive of heat. Wood is actually the most
energy efficient option (which is important when selecting modern windows).
Keep in mind that this option requires more consistent upkeep to prevent the
frames from rotting in rain or humidity.
This material is one of the best
for a humid climate like Aotearoa, because it is not vulnerable to rotting.
Aluminium is lightweight and strong, making it an ideal building material, but
it allows heat to transfer freely through the frame. Thus, it’s not as energy
efficient as wood.
Composite or Fibreglass
Both are very strong, eco-friendly
and energy-efficient options. Composite windows are made from wood shavings and
resin, while fibreglass is made from glass in resin. Fibreglass is more
expensive but if you have the means then spring for fibreglass frames; they’ll
last a long time and save you a lot of money on the energy bill.
This portion of the
decision-making is two-fold, as it involves both glazing and tinting. Glazing
refers to placing more than one pane of glass in frame with air or inert gas in
between the layers; this reduces the amount of heat that can transfer through
the glass. Tinting is when manufacturers put a layer of material over the
glass, each with different helpful properties.
Put simply, the higher the degree
of glazing, the more energy-efficient your windows will be. Double-glazing is
sufficient for a New Zealand climate, however if you’re in a colder corner of
the country you might benefit from triple-glazing or even quadruple-glazing.
Keep in mind that this will cost more than just double.
As for tinting, you can choose a
tint that’s beneficial to your particular circumstances. For example, if you’re
choosing large windows in a living space then you might spring for an
ultra-violet protective tint, as this is an area people will be spending a lot
of time in. You can also choose to tint for privacy, which works well in the
bedrooms or bathrooms of a home.
Finally, you need to think about
which style your windows will be. These often vary from room to room, however
if you’re particularly set on consistency then it’s best to keep the design the
same house-round. When considering style, it’s important to think about both
the practicalities and the aesthetics.
For example, double-hung
windows are a very common choice because
they’re a space-saver. They don’t swing in or out (so you can put furniture
right underneath), and they have a clean finish. Alternately, floor-to-ceiling
windows are fantastic for bringing natural light into a living space, but
putting them in a bedroom might compromise your privacy.
If you’re looking at all of this
and you’re still not sure what the right choices are, don’t be afraid to
consult a professional who can help to guide you.
Let us help you find your perfect window design
We’ve helped hundreds of clients in their home
renovation journeys. Get in touch with the great team at Atlas Glass today and start
on your very own journey with us.