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How to choose the right windows

Windows are an important element of your home’s design providing natural light, ventilation and a connection with outside spaces. They have traditionally been considered a basic building material sold on price alone. But with the push towards more sustainable building practices and technological advances, windows are now being viewed as performance appliances for energy, noise and security.

Choosing the right window for your needs can be a daunting task. With support from recognised industry associations, we have provided all you need to know to make an informed decision in choosing the right window plus useful information on installation and maintenance.

1 – Available window types
Home windows are available in thousands of different combinations. Operating style, frame material and glass selection are important options to consider. The selection you make will have a significant impact on the performance of not just your windows but your entire house in terms of aesthetics, energy efficiency, acoustics and more.

2 – Performance considerations
While the look of your windows is a significant factor in the decision-making process, it’s also important to have a firm idea of what you want to achieve from your windows such as more natural light, better ventilation or reduced energy consumption. The basis of good window selection begins with understanding location conditions, ideal placement and size, as well as functionality needs.

3 – Planning for energy efficient windows
Considered the ‘weak link’ in building materials, ordinary windows can cause a great deal of energy loss. Fortunately, there are a range of high performance window options with excellent energy efficiency. High performance varieties are capable of increasing home resale value and comfort with choices such as low emission glass coatings and inert gas between double glazed panes becoming the norm.

4 – Understanding window regulations
There are a myriad of rules and regulations that must be followed when building a new home or renovation that can lead to many headaches and compromises. Windows and glass have their own specific guidelines that need to be met to ensure your home is a safe environment for you and your family for years to come. Knowing what makes a window compliant and understanding bushfire and safety requirements will make for a smoother process.

5 – Windows Installation tips
Installing a window correctly requires a certain level of technical knowledge and skill. Incorrect installation can result in windows that will underperform and quickly deteriorate. Knowing how to safely store your windows before they are fitted and performing basic checks during installation will ensure your money isn’t going to waste.

6 – Window maintenance guides
Like nearly any part of the home, windows need regular care and maintenance to function properly. Cleaning is a task most don’t look forward to but with the right tools and technique your windows and wallet will thank you. The most suitable cleaning methods for your windows will depend on the frame material, style and glazing you have selected.

7 – Window buying checklist
With the above considerations in mind, choosing new windows can be overwhelming. To help you make an informed decision, we’ve provided a simple checklist you can tick off while choosing your new windows.