You’re building a new home or planning a significant addition. There are many decisions to make, and one of the biggest decisions you will make will be the type of new construction windows that you select for your home.
New construction windows can be one of the most time-consuming and complicated tasks when people start a home construction project. Many people have no idea how many types of windows are available, and the numerous decisions that will need to be made regarding materials, hardware, glass, and other details.
Talk to Our Window and Door Specialists
If you are considering a construction project, get off to a good start by talking to the experts at Northeast Architectural. Our window and door specialists can help you put together a design plan that will address cost, energy efficiency, styles and materials, as well as other concerns that are likely to need attention at some point in the construction process.
If you’re building the new home of your dreams or adding square footage to your existing home, purchasing new construction windows will be a must. New construction windows are specifically designed with a nail fin that allows them to be attached directly to framing studs in the walls. Replacement windows, on the other hand, are generally designed for installation in rooms that are being renovated, and can be installed from the interior of your home without disrupting or removing any exterior siding or other building materials.
Know What Type of Style You Want
There are many styles of new construction windows to choose from, including double hung, single hung, casement, awning, sliding, and picture windows. Some decisions will be based on the location or the room where the window will be used. For example, casement windows, which are hinged at the side and are opened by using a crank, are often installed above the kitchen sink, or other hard-to-reach areas of the home.
Single or double hung windows are used primarily in living rooms, dining rooms, or other open areas of the home. A double hung window can be opened from the top and the bottom, which makes it a popular selection because it can be easily cleaned.
Awning windows are an excellent choice for areas of the home where ventilation is needed, but space may not allow for a more conventional style. Because awning windows are hinged at the top and open from the bottom, they can be left open when it’s raining and water won’t get inside your home. They are great for patios, family rooms, and home gyms where a little fresh air will be welcome.
Know What Material You Want to Use
Once you’ve decided on the type of windows you need, your next decision will be the material that is used. Wood, vinyl and aluminum are the three most popular window materials, with wood being a traditional choice that is also the most expensive. Vinyl is significantly less expensive than wood and is close when it comes to energy efficiency. Vinyl windows also require a lot less maintenance. Aluminum is the most budget conscious pick of the three and are low maintenance but they are the least energy efficient, which may cost you more in the long run.
What type of glass is used in any new construction windows is also a critical choice, and can greatly impact the amount of energy your home uses. Windows that are covered on the inside by a film are referred to as Low-E windows. The film reflects infrared light and keeps heat from escaping during the winter and entering during the summer. Low-E glass will also protect carpets, drapes, and furniture from fading. Double or triple pane windows offer excellent energy efficiency, but can be cost prohibitive.
Homeowners should also be aware of the ENERGY STAR window certification program. The government-sponsored program considers several factors before producing a performance rating for every type of window. The rating can also be used to determine which windows provide the best energy savings in specific regions of the country.
Before starting any new construction or addition, speak to the window specialists at Northeast Architectural. Our team of experts can help you make the many decisions that will be required for your project. Schedule a consultation today by calling 732.876.4112 or go online at https://www.northeastco.com/architectural/, fill out the form, and a member of our team will contact you shortly.
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