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How to choose quality windows and doors for your new home

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Building a new home involves making important decisions, and choosing quality windows and doors is one of them. Beyond their aesthetic appeal, windows and doors play a fundamental role in the energy efficiency, security and comfort of your future home.

At a time when energy performance and sustainability are top priorities for discerning new home owners, it’s essential to choose windows and doors that are tailored to your needs and your unique project.

Selecting quality windows and doors means opting for better thermal and acoustic insulation to reduce energy costs and increase comfort. With a variety of products and materials available, such as PVC or hybrid windows, and the possibility of ordering made-to-measure windows, the decision can seem complex.

The purpose of this article is to share with you some sound advice and information that we believe is relevant to every new home buyer.

 

Define your needs to find quality windows and doors

Before going any further, it’s essential to define your expectations and requirements for your windows and doors. Every home is unique, as are the needs of its inhabitants. Taking the time to define what’s important to you is the first step to making wise choices that will contribute to the quality of life in your future home.

 

Insulation and energy performance

Building a comfortable home inevitably involves excellent thermal and acoustic insulation. Renowned for their energy efficiency, PVC windows can be an interesting option for those looking to optimize insulation without sacrificing their budget. Consider the different energy classifications and choose ENERGY STAR certified products to ensure maximum efficiency.

 

Brightness and visibility

Natural light plays an essential role in creating welcoming, pleasant spaces. Custom windows allow you to perfectly adapt the size and shape of the openings to the architecture of your home, maximizing light in every room. A combination of fixed windows with hinged sections offering a large glazed surface area, providing an unobstructed view of the exterior and an abundance of light.

 

Safety for your windows and doors counts

The security of your future home should not be neglected. Choose quality windows and doors with robust locking systems and resistant glazing to protect your home against intruders. Today’s technologies combine security and aesthetics, ensuring protection and peace of mind without compromising the design of your home.

 

Aesthetics and architectural harmony

Your windows and doors must match the architectural style of your home. Whether you’re looking for modernity or classic charm, the market offers a multitude of colors and styles to suit your tastes. Aesthetics are a key factor influencing not only the appearance of your new property, but also its future value on the real estate market.

 

Good planning equals budgeting

Cost is an essential consideration when choosing your windows and doors. However, looking at price alone can be misleading. Investing in top-quality products can lead to long-term savings, thanks to better insulation and increased durability. Evaluate the value for money and don’t hesitate to ask for quotes for custom windows to find the best option for your budget.

 

Window and door materials and types

Selecting quality windows and doors for your new home is about more than just appearance. The materials and type of window or door you choose will have a significant impact on your home’s energy efficiency, security, maintenance and aesthetics. Let’s take a closer look at the options available to help you make the most informed choice.

The materials

PVC: PVC windows are prized for their excellent value for money. They provide good thermal insulation and are easy to maintain. However, some might find PVC lacking in elegance for more traditional architectural styles.

  • Advantages: low cost, good insulation, low maintenance.
  • Disadvantages : Less suitable for homes with a traditional architectural style.

 

Aluminum: Aluminum is renowned for its durability and modern look. It creates slim, elegant frames, ideal for contemporary designs. However, aluminum is less insulating than other materials, although recent advances have improved its energy performance.

  • Advantages: Durability, modern aesthetics, ability to support large glass surfaces.
  • Disadvantages : Lower thermal insulation without thermal break.

 

Hybrid (PVC-Aluminium): Hybrid windows combine the insulation of PVC on the inside with the strength and modern look of aluminum on the outside. An excellent compromise for those seeking both performance and design.

  • Advantages: Excellent insulation, modern design, durability.
  • Disadvantages : More expensive than PVC alone.

 

Window types

Sliding windows: Perfect for tight spaces, sliding windows offer easy opening without encroaching on interior or exterior space.

Casement windows: Offering excellent air and water tightness, casement windows are ideal for optimum insulation. They open fully for maximum ventilation.

Awning window: Similar to the casement window, but opening from the top, awning windows are excellent for ventilation while offering protection from the rain.

Fixed window: Since they don’t open, fixed windows offer the best energy performance and are often used to maximize natural light and views.

 

At Harmonie Contruction, we use hybrid windows for all our single-family home projects and high-quality PVC for our semi-detached homes.

 

Use of tempered glass

For our projects in Cantly, where we built new home on large wooded lots, our customers aspire to create a harmonious continuity between the interior of their homes and the natural beauty that surrounds them. In keeping with this desire to bring the outdoors inside, Harmonie Construction favors the installation of large windows, offering unobstructed panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

To ensure the safety of residents without compromising this exceptional view of the outside world, tempered glass is an essential choice. When windows extend to floor level, the risk of accident increases, especially in a setting where the beauty of the landscape blends harmoniously with the living space. Tempered glass, with its ability to break into smaller, less sharp pieces in the event of breakage, ensures greater safety for residents.

 

 

Door types

Front door: Your front door is a key element in the appearance of your home. Options in wood, steel or fiberglass each offer a unique balance between safety, aesthetics and energy performance.

Patio doors: Patio doors are generally made of glass to maximize natural light. Sliding or casement options depend on your space and personal preferences.

Garage door: A garage door is a functional addition to any home, but its aesthetic appeal is also important. Materials such as wood, steel or aluminum can be chosen to complement the style of the house, while offering optimum insulation and security. Whether for a single, double or custom garage, selecting the right door contributes to the overall harmony and value of the property.

By considering these materials and types, you can choose quality windows and doors that not only complement the style of your home, but also offer the performance and functionality you’re looking for. The final choice should balance aesthetics, energy efficiency, budget and your home’s specific needs.

 

Select energy-efficient quality windows and doors

In today’s climate, where conserving energy and reducing our environmental footprint have become top priorities, choosing energy-efficient windows and doors for your new home is more relevant than ever. These choices influence not only your comfort and energy bills, but also your contribution to environmental protection.

 

Energy efficiency certifications: Understanding ENERGY STAR

ENERGY STAR is an internationally recognized certification that helps consumers identify quality windows and doors that offer superior energy efficiency without compromising performance. For windows and doors, this certification guarantees that products have been tested and found to exceed minimum energy efficiency standards. ENERGY STAR qualified products offer several advantages, including :

  • Reduced heat loss: They minimize heat loss in winter, reducing the need for heating and, consequently, energy costs.
  • Minimizing unwanted heat gain: In summer, they help block unwanted heat gain, reducing the need for air conditioning.
  • UV protection: They also offer UV protection, helping to prevent fading of furniture, floors and curtains.

 

The positive impact of choosing energy-efficient windows and doors

Long-term cost savings: Although energy-efficient windows and doors may represent a higher initial investment, they offer significant long-term savings. By reducing the energy required for heating and cooling, these products can significantly lower your energy bills over time.

Contributing to a sustainable environment: By choosing energy-efficient products, you’re also helping to reduce your household’s carbon footprint. Less energy consumption means fewer greenhouse gas emissions, which is beneficial in the fight against climate change.

Improved comfort: Beyond energy savings, energy-efficient windows and doors improve the comfort of your home. They ensure a more stable indoor temperature and reduce draughts, creating a more pleasant living environment all year round.

In short, choosing energy-efficient windows and doors for your new home is a wise investment that offers long-term financial, environmental and comfort benefits. By choosing certified products, such as those bearing the ENERGY STAR label, you can ensure optimum performance for your home while actively helping to protect our planet.

 

Quality windows and doors manufacturing

 

Pitfalls to avoid when selecting quality windows and doors

Ignoring the Importance of Energy Performance
  • Common mistake: Choosing your windows and doors based solely on their aesthetics or initial cost, without considering their energy efficiency.
  • Tips: Use criteria such as thermal transmittance (U), solar factor (g) and air permeability to compare the energy efficiency of products. Look for ENERGY STAR-certified products that guarantee superior insulation and lower energy costs over the long term.
Choosing without considering exposure and your specific needs
  • Common mistake: Applying a uniform approach to all openings without taking into account variations in exposure and specific ventilation or privacy needs.
  • Tips: Evaluate the orientation of each window (north, south, east, west) to optimize energy efficiency and comfort. For rooms that receive a lot of sun, consider solar control glazing. For areas requiring greater privacy, frosted or ornamented glass may be an option.
Sacrificing quality for lower prices
  • Common mistake: Opting for the cheapest options in the belief of saving money, without assessing durability and total cost over the product’s lifetime.
  • Tip: Compare not only the initial purchase price, but also durability, maintenance costs and potential energy savings. Higher-quality windows and doors may represent a higher initial investment, but offer better long-term value in terms of performance and reduced replacement needs.
Failing to consider future maintenance
  • Common mistake: Choosing materials or designs without thinking about the effort and cost of future maintenance.
  • Advice: Take into account the ease with which materials can be maintained. For example, PVC and aluminum require little maintenance compared to wood, which must be regularly treated to resist the elements. You should also consider how easy it is to clean the different types of opening.
Don’t ask experts for advice
  • Common mistake: Relying solely on your own research or superficial information to make a decision.
  • Advice: Consult architects, building technicians or specialist advisors at window and door manufacturers. Their expertise can help you understand the nuances of different products and choose the ones that best match your specific needs, by providing you with a grid of relevant, personalized criteria.

By avoiding these common pitfalls and arming yourself with the right information, you’ll be able to make informed choices that will contribute to the beauty, comfort and energy efficiency of your home for many years to come.

 

Evaluate your financial considerations for quality windows and doors

When planning your new home, understanding and optimizing the costs associated with your windows and doors is essential to respecting your overall budget while ensuring the quality and efficiency of your investment. Here are a few tips for navigating financial considerations without compromising your goals.

 

Understanding up-front costs vs. long-term savings

  • Initial costs: High-quality windows and doors, especially those with excellent energy performance, may have higher initial costs. However, it’s important to consider them as an investment rather than a mere expense.
  • Long-term savings: Energy-efficient products can significantly reduce your heating and cooling bills. Durable products also minimize future replacement and maintenance costs.

 

Tips to optimize your budget for quality windows and doors

  1. Prioritize features according to your needs: Determine which features are indispensable to you (insulation, safety, style) and which ones you can compromise on to adjust costs.
  2. Evaluate material options: Materials like PVC offer a good balance between cost and energy performance. Hybrid options can offer the benefits of multiple materials at a lower cost than high-end solutions.
  3. Take advantage of financial incentives: Look for grants or tax credits available for the installation of energy-efficient windows and doors. These programs can help reduce the initial investment.
  4. Compare offers: Don’t rush into the first offer. Take the time to compare quotes from different suppliers and installers to find the best value for money.
  5. Consider the impact on resale value: Investing in quality windows and doors can increase the value of your property. Take this into account when assessing your budget.
  6. Don’t sacrifice quality for price: It may be tempting to opt for the cheapest option, but this can mean higher long-term costs in terms of reduced energy efficiency and more frequent replacements.

By approaching financial considerations with a thoughtful strategy, you can maximize the effectiveness of your window and door investment. This will enable you to enjoy a comfortable, safe and aesthetically pleasing home, while staying within your budget.

 

Window and door installation by the general contractor

 

The importance of professional installation

Professional installation is essential to maximize the energy efficiency, safety and durability of your windows and doors. Here’s why choosing a qualified team is important:

Ensuring performance and sustainability

Professional installation guarantees perfect airtightness, essential for the comfort of your home and the prevention of energy loss, ensuring significant savings on your energy bills.

Know-how and expertise

Installing windows and doors requires specific technical expertise. Choosing qualified professionals ensures compliance with industry standards and manufacturer specifications, guaranteeing the functionality and longevity of every product.

Safety and compliance

Professional installers ensure that all installations comply with building and safety standards, eliminating any risk to the home’s occupants.

 

The role of the general contractor in a new construction context

In the process of building a new home, the general contractor plays a key role in coordinating and supervising the installation of quality windows and doors. As a general construction contractor, Harmonie Construction ensures that every installation is carried out with precision and to the highest quality standards. Our expertise guarantees not only impeccable installation, but also post-installation follow-up to ensure total customer satisfaction.

Post-installation follow-up

A post-installation warranty and maintenance service is essential. This ensures that your windows and doors work as intended, and enables any problems to be solved quickly.

 

For perfect harmony: from the front door to the last window

When you choose a home built by Harmonie Construction, you’re choosing a turnkey solution that includes the technical expertise needed for flawless installation of your windows and doors, and the security of an industry-recognized warranty.
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Our commitment is to accompany you every step of the way in building your home, ensuring that every element, from the front door to the last window, is in perfect harmony with your expectations and dreams. Our expertise and integrated approach ensure that quality and consistency are at the heart of your project, reflecting the very essence of our brand.

If you are planning to build your dream home and are looking for a partner you can contact our team at Harmonie Construction. We’ll make sure every detail of your new house project fits perfectly with your vision.

 

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

 

What’s the difference between PVC, aluminium and hybrid windows?

PVC windows are renowned for their excellent thermal insulation and value for money. They are low-maintenance, but can have a more limited style. Aluminum windows, meanwhile, offer a modern design with slim frames and great durability. However, they may require additional insulation to achieve the same energy performance as PVC. The hybrid window is a PVC window with an aluminum cladding on the outside frame. so you can have a combination of different colors for the same window. Just ask us your questions!

How do you know if a window or door is energy-efficient?

Look for ENERGY STAR certified products, which have been tested and proven to deliver excellent energy performance. Also check specifications such as thermal transmittance (U), solar factor (g) and air permeability.

Do I need to hire an expert to install my windows and doors?

Yes, professional installation is essential to ensure the performance, safety and durability of your windows and doors. As a general contractor, Harmonie Construction ensures that all installations are carried out to the highest standards and includes this in the construction process of your new home.

Does the GCR warranty cover problems with windows and doors?

The GCR warranty protects against construction defects and faulty workmanship in new homes. For window and door specifics, it’s important to consult the warranty details to understand the extent of coverage.

How can I optimize my budget when selecting quality windows and doors?

Prioritize essential features that meet your needs, such as energy efficiency or safety. Consider materials that offer good value for money, such as PVC, and don’t hesitate to request quotes from several suppliers. You can also take advantage of financial incentives, such as tax credits for energy-efficient products.