Whether you’re looking at replacing your windows with something new or you’re making decisions for a newly constructed home, it’s important to know what to look for as you check out your options. With that in mind, today we’re going to take a look at five traits of a good window to help you narrow your choices down. If you’re in Orland Park and you need high-quality window services, from sales to installation, call Scotts Construction today. We are proud to offer Target Windows and Doors and you can learn more about them and our window options here.

-Appearance

It might seem silly to think about the aesthetic appeal of windows, but it plays a bigger part than you might think. Not only can it bring together the character of your home, it can massively improve your home’s curb appeal. Carefully consider the frame of the window, materials, style, and quality of glass to beautify your home. You’re also more likely to take care of windows that you enjoy the look of.

-Functionality

Different styles of windows have different functions, which make them a good fit in different areas of your home. Casement windows crank out, making them an ideal option for over the sink, while bay windows can change the appearance of your home as it adds an area for seating or displaying plants. Consider where the window will be going to find the style with the best function for that area.

-Value

Not all windows are made equally, and as such, you need to pay attention to the specs describing their quality and performance. However, even if you get top-of-the-line windows, if they’re installed incorrectly, you won’t get the value you’re looking for out of them. Have your windows installed by a professional to ensure your windows aren’t compromised and can meet your expectations.

-Energy Efficiency

With energy bills consistently rising with each passing year, it’s important for homeowners to do what they can to improve their home’s energy efficiency. Many developments have improved the energy efficiency of windows, which is important since inefficient windows waste a great deal of energy. Check the energy ratings of the windows. They’ll often carry labels from the NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council), detailing their U-Factor, Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, and Visible Transmittance.

-Security

Windows don’t just keep weather and wildlife out of your home, they also provide security. Check for features like wind impact resistance and protection against forced entry to ensure your home is safe and secure for your family. It’s important to consider the elemental factors that your home encounters, such as high winds and hail, to ensure your windows can stand up to them.

We hope these traits help you find the perfect windows for your home. When you find something that gives you the features, value, security, and energy efficiency you’re looking for, you’re going to be much more happy with your windows than if you just go for the cheapest option. It doesn’t hurt if they make your home look nicer, either! If you would like to learn more about how Scotts Construction can help you find the best windows for your home, call us today. We’re proud to serve the Orland Park area.