Choosing the right windows and doors for your home can be a tricky process. With so many differences in features, it's hard to know where to start. But fear not! By considering a few key factors, you can find windows and doors that not only look great, but also improve your home’s performance on a number of fronts.
In this list, we'll walk you through some of the most important things to keep in mind when deciding which windows and doors are right for your home. By the end, you’ll be able to confidently plan your selections and enjoy the upgrade!
Work with Your Home’s Style
The best starting point is aesthetics. Once you know what look you’re going for, you’ll have an easier time narrowing down your options. We recommend basing your decision on the overall style of your home. Choosing the wrong door or window type can make for a real visual clash, so it’s important to look for something that harmonizes.
For example, a traditional home in a craftsman or cottage style would be perfectly paired with carved-wood doors, or arched windows with classic shutters. However, a modern home is likely to look best with sleek designs that echo the clean lines and polish of the architecture.
Prioritize Energy Efficiency
Windows and doors interrupt the home “envelope” – the structural layers that separate your interior from the great outdoors. By using insulating materials, the envelope helps to regulate your home’s interior temperature. So naturally, any openings should be chosen for their ability to maintain stable conditions.
Making sure you choose energy-efficient windows and doors can help you reduce the amount of heat or cooling your home loses to these openings. You’ll end up lowering your energy bills and keeping your home more comfortable. Both will be more than welcome during our brutal Florida summers!
Look for windows and doors with a high energy-efficiency rating, such as those with double or triple glazing, low-emissivity glass, or insulated frames. Products that have an ENERGY STAR rating are certified to meet modern efficiency standards set by the EPA itself.
Consider Individual Light Exposure
Think about the orientation of your home. Depending on how it’s situated, certain windows and doors may be receiving direct light at particular times of day.
If you want to control this light to reduce glare or minimize heat accumulation, then you’ll want to make sure the most inconveniently-exposed windows and doors are designed to provide shade. For example, an all-glass door may not be a great choice if it means your home office or living room gets seared by the afternoon sun! Better to go with an option that is partially or fully opaque, or incorporates adjustable shades to offer flexibility.
Address Security & Weather Needs
Windows and doors are critical hotspots when it comes to your home's security. Prioritizing products that have high-quality locks, secure frames, and stronger glass will go a long way toward protecting your home from intruders. Keep in mind that you may be able to add on secondary locks that enhance the security of your installations.
Of course, hardiness isn’t just a matter of crime prevention. It’s also a necessity to endure the harsh tropical storms we’re faced with here in Florida. Impact-resistant windows and doors, often referred to as “hurricane-proof”, should be at the top of your list.
Minimize Maintenance Demands
No one likes being a slave to a demanding home maintenance schedule. Well, perhaps that one meticulous neighbor gets a kick out of it, but the rest of us are happiest when we can go years without needing to do serious upkeep on certain installations.
Most windows and doors require regular maintenance to keep them in good condition, but there are plenty of modern products engineered to keep those maintenance needs low. It’s important to note that the Florida climate will play a role here as well, since the heat and humidity can wear down some materials more than others. Vinyl, fiberglass, and aluminum stand out as great options in this respect.
Let the Pros Help You Choose the Right Windows and Doors
By considering these factors when picking out suitable windows and doors, you can find products that meet your needs for energy efficiency, security, style, and more. But if you need some expert guidance, our specialists are happy to share their insights.
Our team offers professional window and door installation services, working with an ample inventory of top tier products. We work with designs that are especially chosen for their performance in South Florida’s weather conditions, providing peace of mind with any product you choose. Contact us today to start discussing options with an expert, or schedule a visit to get a FREE quote for your project.