So, the time has come to replace the old 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.
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