House design, construction materials, paint colors, amenities, and furniture pieces are just some of the first things that you imagine as you are having your home constructed. But just as with every other element of your home, you have to be careful and meticulous in choosing one important feature of each home – windows.
In choosing a window, you should take into consideration more than just the appearance. Naturally, you have to consider the quality as well. Windows may just be a small part of the house, but they can be expensive, too. In addition, if you purchase a window that has subpar quality can lead to early damages and the need for a replacement sooner than expected – in short, wasted money.
You have to think about more than just your choice of design and style when choosing a window. You have to contemplate on the glass and the frame material as well.
When it comes to glass, you can choose single pane, double pane, or triple pane. The thicker the glass, the sturdier it will be against strong winds, rain, and even snow. However, thick glass windows might not be the best choice for areas with warmer climates.
As for the frame materials of your window, you have four main types to choose from: fiberglass, vinyl, aluminum, and wood.
- Wood can be really elegant and sturdy; however, it is susceptible to decay, is usually high maintenance, and can get really expensive.
- Aluminum is tough, low maintenance, and can last for a long time. The downside of aluminum frames is that they are not as great as the other frame types in terms of insulation.
- Vinyl frames are usually affordable and require little maintenance, but these frames can become brittle over time, particularly after being exposed to direct sunlight for a long time.
- Fiberglass has superb strength as well as unparalleled insulation properties. But they are quite pricey and its color can fade over time.