7 Things to Consider When Choosing Windows and Doors.
There’s more to think about when selecting our windows and doors than simply what looks good (although that is part of it as we’ll get to.)
For a first-time home builder or home renovator, a lot of these considerations might not be obvious, but a little forethought around the right window and door types for you can save you a lot of time, stress and money in the long run.
Here are 7 Things To Consider When Choosing Windows and Doors.
Working out the flow of natural light is a big consideration when choosing your windows and doors.
The amount of light you let in is determined by how big an opening is (most people know that), but you can also consider the type of light you want to let in. This refers to how light moves through your home during the day and the year and can be altered by orienting the opening faces north, south, east or west.
Thinking about the type of light that enters a room can completely alter how a space feels. Imagine enjoying the morning sunlight through your kitchen/dining windows and doors as your drink your morning coffee – it can be done if you consider light when choosing your windows and doors.
It may also be worth considering UV protection in some especially sunny areas.
Noise and sound is something we covered in more depth in a recent blog and isn't something that can be ignored if you live in a city or busy suburban area. Even some in country towns may want to soundproof if subjected to especially noisy neighbours.
By choosing appropriate glass (double, laminated or secondary glazed) and using high-quality door and window seals you should be able to remove most unwanted noise from your home (sadly we can’t do anything about noisy kids).
Good airflow doesn’t simply mean being able to open the windows and doors when the mercury climbs a bit.
Good airflow is essential for a cool and comfortable home and important for your health and the maintenance of your property.
Impurities caused by poor ventilation can cause a range of health problems, from headaches and allergies to serious respiratory conditions caused by excessive mould. Mould and moisture can also cause the deterioration of walls and surfaces and other destruction to your home.
Aluminium Awning Windows are a popular choice for those looking to maximise airflow while reducing exposure to the elements.
For those living in especially warm or cold climates (which could be anywhere in Aus) temperature is an important consideration. With the wrong choices, your house can quickly turn into an oven or a freezer.
Double Glazed Windows can improve the insulation of your home by as much as 50% - translating to a much cooler home in summer and a warmer one in winter.
Assessing your home's surroundings is probably the most important consideration when selecting windows and doors for your home. It's probably the one that is most often overlooked.
Is your home near the ocean? Aluminium may be a better choice for your Windows and Doors. Is your home more than 800m above sea level? You may need special breather tubes installed on your insulated glass. If you’re unsure about what environmental factors you need to be aware of when choosing your windows and doors, get in touch with our sales team.
6. Bushfire Ratings
Unquestionably the most important Environmental consideration you’re going to have is whether or not you live in a bushfire zone. If you do select the right doors or windows can save your life. Bushfire Attack Level or BAL ratings on Aluminium and Timber Windows and Doors help you choose the option that will give you and your family the highest level of protection.
You can view the Southern Star Group’s Timber BAL and Aluminium BAL ratings on our website.
Of course, you’re going to care what your windows and doors look like (we told you at the start we’d get back to this one!)
Choosing windows and doors that’ll stay in style and not look dated in 10-15 years may save you megabucks, so it’s worth thinking about.
Have a Queenslander or a Hamptons style home? Louvre windows or timber bi-folds are going to look great!
Terrace or Federation style home? Double Hung Windows will work.
Of course, every home is unique on some level, and you can’t beat going over your plans with an expert and talking through what will work, and what's best left on the "maybe pile."
There is a lot to unpack here. Hopefully, this list has given you somewhat of an idea of what to think about when you choose windows and doors for your next home. But if you get stuck, or you feel like you forgetting something get in touch with us. Our sales team can help you with almost any questions you may have, and help you with any considerations you may have overlooked.
You can get in touch with our Sales Team for more information about what is right for you or view our full range of products in our catalogue.