Choosing the right windows for your custom home can make a big difference in appearance, efficiency and durability.  In addition, they establish a home’s character by framing views, allowing air to flow, and letting in light.

There are many brands, styles, materials, colors, and levels of energy efficiency you can choose from.  Here is a high-level overview of things to consider when selecting windows for your home.

 

Brand
There are many window manufactures to choose from.  Names include companies like Pella, Jeld-Wen, Anderson, Champions, Western, and over 100 others.  However, our preferred brand is Pella.  We find the quality of their products to be second-to-none and their service has been stellar.  They have practically every style and color you can imagine, and if they don’t have what you want, they can custom manufacture the perfect window for you.

 

Style
The style of your home will narrow down the style of your windows.  For example, if you are designing a Craftsman-style home you will more than likely want to go with a single or double hung window style.  If you house has a soft-contemporary feel, then casement windows might be a better choice.  Here is a list of some of the styles you can choose from:

  • Awning
  • Casement
  • Double-Hung
  • Single-Hung
  • Sliding
  • Custom/Specialty

 

Material
It’s also important to select what your window frame will be constructed from.  For the exterior of the window we recommend an aluminum cladding to withstand the elements whenever possible.

 

Vinyl
Vinyl is the most economical window option.  These windows never need painting, but come in limited color choices.  They also can be very energy efficient.  The downside of vinyl is that some people don’t like the plastic look. So, if you are going for a warm, rich look; this might not be the window for you.  They also can warp in extreme heat, which can be an issue for western-facing windows in Texas.

 

Fiberglass
Fiberglass windows are of higher quality, and therefore a more expensive option.  They are stronger, which allows for larger windows to be constructed.  Fiberglass windows come in a variety of colors and are designed to look like wood, but at a lower cost.  Some fiberglass windows can be painted, but once painted they require more maintenance.  They can also be very energy efficient.

 

Aluminum
Aluminum windows are light, strong, durable, and require little maintenance.  They come in a wide range of style and color options, but lack the warmth of wood windows.  They are a good option for the more modern style homes.

 

Wood
For more traditional homes, there is really no better choice than wood windows. There is a reason why manufactures try to make fiberglass and vinyl windows look like wood.

Wood windows bring a warmth to the home like no other material available.
Some wood windows can be clad in aluminum on the exterior.   This will retain the wood look and feel on the interior, but protect against the elements and reduce maintenance costs for the exterior.

 

Steel
Steel windows are the strongest you can buy.  You tend to find steel windows in commercial/industrial construction and modern designed homes, but in some instances, can be transitional.

 

Noise Reduction, Extreme Weather and Security
Some manufactures have options in select product lines that can significantly reduce noise from roads, lawnmowers, leaf blowers, etc.  There are also impact-resistant coatings options for extreme weather like hurricanes and tornadoes.  Impact-resistant windows can also help against forced entry from intruders.

 

Conclusion
As you can see there are many ways to customize your windows to insure you get the right look and feel for your home.  In addition to the brand and style of windows you choose, each option typically has a wide variety of other choices, which can be overwhelming for some.  This is one area where our designer can narrow the options for you to help you choose the perfect windows for the look you are going for.

 

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