Guide To Choosing Windows For Your New Build
Choosing the perfect windows for your new build is a big decision, and it’s one you don’t want to rush into. You want them to be functional, good quality and you want them to stand the test of time. But most of all, you want them to complement the look and style of your home.
However, with so many options to choose from, knowing which windows are right for your property can be a minefield!
That’s where we come in.
In this guide, we’re going to take a look at the different factors you need to consider, so you can ensure you are choosing the best possible windows for your new build.
Read on to find out more.
Understanding the different types of windows
As you’re choosing windows for your new build, you’re going to want to choose the perfect style that reflects your modern property whilst also matching your own personal taste.
To help you get on the right track, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with some of the most common types of windows available to you. These include:
Sliding sash windows
Sliding sash windows contain one or more moveable sliding panels. They are traditionally set inside a wooden window frame and were commonly used in Georgian and Victorian properties.
However, these are becoming more popular in new and commercial properties, and with a modern twist, they could be the perfect addition to your home.
Tilt and turn windows
Tilt and turn windows are one of the most popular forms of modern domestic windows. These allow you to pull the handle down so it tilts open a fraction or pull the handle up to unlock the window, allowing it to open fully, either inwards or outwards.
These give you more options for having your windows open wide or just enough to let in see fresh air and keep you secure. They also look great in modern properties.
Casement windows are either hinged on the side or on the top, and these different styles depend on the design of the home. For example, more contemporary properties tend to favour the side hung style.
These are one of the most energy-efficient options for your home, and as they come in a range of finishes and styles, you can find the perfect casement window to suit your needs.
French windows are designed in a similar way to French doors; they are hinged at the side and open outwards. They tend to have larger glass areas which can be great if you want to let in lots of natural light.
Although some think this type of window is a little outdated, it is actually very stylish, secure and versatile. They come in a range of finishes so you can find the perfect look for your home.
Working out window placement
The shape of the house will have an impact on where you put the windows, therefore, which type to choose. For example, a taller, more narrow house might benefit from longer or possibly horizontal windows.
Alternatively, smaller houses that lack natural light might benefit from larger windows that open up the space and let in more light.
Think carefully about where your windows are going to be placed, how many you’ll need and therefore, what shape/size they need to be. This can help to influence the style of window you choose.
Considering the costs
Finally, one of the biggest factors you need to take into consideration when choosing your windows is your budget and the costs of the different styles/finishes.
Some styles of window are more expensive than others, for example, casement windows tend to be more budget-friendly than, say, sash or tilt and turn windows.
The different materials also vary; for example, timber frames can be more expensive than cheaper materials like aluminium.
Keeping all of this in mind, you need to think about your budget before you settle on the type of windows you want for your new build. If you’re sticking to a tighter budget, it’s a good idea to shop around and compare vendors before you buy them.
If you’ve got a larger budget, you have more to play with, and you might wish to invest more in higher quality materials or finishes.