Criteria When Getting New Windows

Windows are extremely important for both the aesthetics and efficiency of a home. However, there are so many criteria for choosing windows that it is easy to forget the end goal.  Some of the most important aspects to consider when selecting a window, according to FacilitiesNet, are:

  • Resistance to wind loads
  • Resistance to water infiltration
  • Air tightness to prevent drafts
  • Resistance to condensation on the interior of the windows
  • Security and emergency egress
  • Light and ventilation
  • Appearance that enhances the overall design
It is important to not get caught up in the latest designs and trends because many times, these trends haven't stood the test of time yet.
New state-of-the-art products or components can fail, go out of style or simply go out of production because of poor sales or poor function. Products or components that have not experienced the test of time under field conditions may result in failures that were not demonstrated in laboratory tests. The simplest window design that meets all of the established criteria is usually best. To obtain a more objective opinion, temper the advice and sales pitches of product representatives with recommendations from designers and users of the product.
While it's easier said than done, price should not be the primary factor in selecting windows.  According to FacilitiesNet, "Settling on the cheapest window product can lead to low durability, poor performance, water leakage and increased or difficult maintenance. This also holds true for the associated materials and work to provide the proper interface between the window and the wall."
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