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Written by David Jones on May 10, 2017
Windows don’t just define a home’s curb appeal, they define its character inside and out and not just in looks. Grille patterns, colour, and frame material are all aesthetic considerations about which you should consult with your clients. Show them their options and learn how they envision their home down to the tiniest details. The windows they choose will also determine so much about the inside of their home; how much natural light they get, whether their kitchen will be unpleasant and drafty all winter long, or comfortable and inviting. Will they be able to open the windows wide in the summer and let the breeze cool down their homes, or will beating rays of sun make parts of their home unlivable at certain times of day?
Choosing the right windows and doors in London, Ontario is every contractor’s responsibility, as is consulting with your clients on the final decisions. The process can be a lot easier if you already know where to go to find high-quality, beautiful, energy efficient windows locally.
Houses have various designs and these designs can only be perfect if the right type of window is found. To cater to various housing designs, London based company Golden Windows has an array of windows which you can choose from. No matter the design of the building that you are constructing, you will come across a design which suits your client’s house. Their windows are made of various materials such as aluminum, vinyl and wood, each with their own pros and cons:
- Aluminum is the most affordable material, but it performs poorly when it comes to energy efficiency, as aluminum is a highly conductive material. Using an interior wood frame while keeping aluminum on the exterior, you benefit from both a maintenance-free exterior and the natural insulation offered by wood.
- Vinyl is both affordable and durable, plus it is a good choice for maintaining internal temperatures. It’s low-maintenance and comes in many different colours – if it has any flaw, it’s that it doesn’t quite live up to the look of wood.
- Wood is the best-looking material you can use in many types of homes, especially older ones, but it can be more expensive and requires more maintenance.
Some of the types of windows that should be available from a local manufacturer like Golden Windows include awning windows, casement windows, bay and bow windows, architectural and picture windows and slider windows. With plenty of options, you have a chance to make a unique home for your client, but also ensure that the homeowner can still use energy efficient windows without breaking from the home’s architecture.
Everyone is familiar with the concept of better insulation reducing your heating bills in the winter, but smart window design can also keep your home comfortable in the summer. Double hung windows, for example, have better air circulation, with hot, stuffy indoor air escaping through the top while letting cool, fresh air in through the bottom. An energy efficient Low-E coating also reflects the heat-bearing energy in direct sunlight away from the window, available in products made by Golden Windows. That means that your client can still enjoy large west or south-facing windows without their home becoming unbearable in the middle of August.
Low-E coatings can keep a building cool through the summer and warm in winter. They do this without any negative effects to lighting, meaning your client can also cut down on electricity bills. Install energy efficient windows in any construction that you are dealing with and keep your homebuying customers satisfied.