Installing House Windows
Installing House Windows and Types of House Windows
Phase 2: Windows
As we planned the design of our home, we chose certain doors and windows that would fit with the design theme of our home, but we also thought about efficiency and practicality. The architect we worked with was very good and helping us choose designs that were aesthetically pleasing, and that were also environmentally sound to use. Remember, windows and doors are more than just openings into the outside world, they also play an important role in a number of systems in the home. They need to fit nicely with the functionality of the home, there needs to be enough space for movement and use, and it needs to go with the decor.
When building a wood-frame house, you also need to select the appropriate types and make sure they are installed properly. Any doors or windows that are poor quality will decrease energy conservation, which will then leave you with high energy bills. This can also happen if a high quality door or window is not installed properly. You will also want to think about how durable the items are, as well as how high maintenance it will be for you as a home owner. Different styles have different advantages and disadvantages, al l of which need to be considered when building your own home.
One of the most important things we thought about when we chose our windows and doors was how energy efficient they were. We also thought about how they could contribute to the natural light and ventilation to the home. And, of course, we thought about security and safety. We asked ourselves, how hard would it be for someone to break into the home and how accessible are the doors and windows from the outside? Also, windows are seen as a means to escape in the case of danger, and so they need to be designed in a way that the occupants can leave when there is a disaster.
Depending on the room, you will need different window and door sizes and designs. Some rooms will need larger windows for increased natural light, and it is common practice to have at least 10 percent of the area in living rooms and dining rooms to be covered in window. For bedrooms and dens, it is usually 5 percent. Something interesting that we learned about windows is that they can be a fire hazard to surrounding properties. We were told that fires can spread from window to window, which is why there are strict codes about how big the windows can be and what percent of the room they can occupy.
Window styles and Types:
- Fixed windows
- Casement and awning windows
- Horizontal and vertical slider windows
- Single or double hung windows
- Tilt-and-turn windows