Windows are a key element of every home. On one hand, they allow us to be in connection to the exterior, enjoy the environment ambience that it creates, and fill our house with light. However, at the same time, they must protect us from the inclemency of the weather and not be a reason that makes us lose the heat of our house in winter or the freshness in summer. That is why we must pay special attention when changing the windows and ensuring that we select just the right type of windows for our needs. To do this, it is best to trust the service of a professional and follow their instructions. Today we will leave you with some tips for choosing and setting up good windows for your home.
PVC, Aluminum or Wooden Frame?
Basically, these are the 3 materials that we can choose for our windows. Professional windows installation companies declared the plastic option as the most reliable one. Nowadays, the use of PVC is very widespread since it is cheaper and its properties make it a bad conductor of temperature. What that essentially means is that PVC itself insulates well. However, there are equivalent solutions in other materials such as aluminium (always with thermal break) and even in wood which is outdated material at this moment.
The main difference between aluminum windows and PVC is that, in the case of aluminum, we can have a finer profile. However, in PVC, the profiles (the window frame) are usually thicker, which will leave less space for the glass. On the other hand, if we talk about very large windows, we may be forced to choose aluminum because it is more resistant than PVC and can support the larger and heavier glass.
The Type of Opening
The type of opening of the window is also important if we want to optimise the energy consumption in our home. As a general rule, we should know that the windows with flap closing are more hermetic (air-tight) than the sliding ones. Sometimes, in enclosures that give access to a terrace or an outdoor garden, we may be interested in a solution with sliding door aesthetics.
A good option for these cases is the elevatable sliding, which has a more hermetic closure than the standard ones, although they also have a higher cost. As we have already said, if what we are looking for is good thermal-acoustic insulation, it is best to avoid sliding windows and place swinging, tilt-and-turn or even pivoting windows.
The Type of Glass
The glass is another essential and critical component in a window. Modern windows installation practice shows us that the best solution is doubled glass separated by an air chamber. In places where the climate is not as benevolent as it is in moderate climate conditions, it is not uncommon to find triple-glazed windows. They are even more insulating than double glazing ones. If we want our window to work optimally, we must know that we will at least need a double glass.
In the chamber that is formed between the two glasses, we can apply a noble gas (such as Argon) that will make the window isolate even better; since it is a less conductive gas than the air that is usually found in standard composition. In addition, we can go further and ask for an intercalary or spacer that separates the two glasses. Instead of the metallic option, we can go for the PVC option as it will further reduce the transmittance of the glass. Of course, if we add a third piece of glass, we will reach the most demanding standards regarding the quality of the window, but at a higher cost.
We hope that with knowledge of the 3 essential window properties, it will help you to choose the right type of windows for your housing needs.