Whether you’re a home builder, architect, or contractor, you should carefully consider what types of windows to install in your newly constructed home or commercial building.
Here are the factors to consider when choosing the best windows for new construction.
Best Window Materials for New Construction
Here are the benefits and drawbacks of four window materials that are best suited for new construction projects:
- Vinyl windows are affordable, energy efficient, and low maintenance. They usually come in white, so interior and exterior styling can be limited. However, vinyl can be painted, which can open up the options for custom colors.
- Fiberglass windows are strong, durable, and beautiful, with virtually zero expansion and contraction, which can lead to air infiltration. They cost more than vinyl windows, but the benefits could be worth the investment.
- Aluminum windows are low cost and low maintenance, with excellent strength for large window openings. Without the proper internal components, aluminum windows could be the least efficient option.
- Aluminum-clad windows offer the traditional aesthetic of wood on the interior of the home and the strength, durability, and weather-resistance of metal on the exterior. This option is more expensive than standard aluminum windows.
- CompositWood® windows provide the elegance of real wood in newly constructed homes without any of the drawbacks. You get the appearance of wood, the low maintenance of vinyl, and the strength of metal. The advanced technology requires a higher investment than more traditional materials.
Best Window Styles for New Construction
The ideal operating style for new buildings and homes may vary from room to room. Here are the potential applications for some of the most popular window styles for new construction:
- Single-hung and double-hung windows are the most common window style in residential construction. They are suitable for any room in a home.
- Sliding windows offer a more extensive view than single-hung and double-hung windows. They are ideal for living and dining rooms.
- Casement windows are hinged, allowing them to pivot outward like a door. Their ease of operation makes them ideal for behind kitchen counters and living room sofas.
- Awning windows are hinged at the top and pivot outward. They are often installed high on the wall to provide ventilation without sacrificing privacy in bathrooms and walk-in closets.
- Picture and geometric windows are fixed and don’t open. They come in virtually any size and shape, allowing you to add natural light and views of the exterior where you don’t necessarily need ventilation, such as stairwells and high on vaulted ceilings.
- Bay and bow windows create dimension by projecting out from the foundation. This adds a stunning aesthetic, improved curb appeal, and greater square footage inside the home.
- Garden windows are like miniature box bay windows. They are most commonly installed behind the kitchen sink. The deep sill and optional glass shelf make this the ideal place to grow herbs and small houseplants.
No matter what style and material you choose, make sure you purchase new construction windows. These are installed differently than replacement windows, and they feature a nail fin so the frame can be attached directly to the casing.
Install New Construction Windows in DC, MD & VA
Quality Window & Door has supplied and installed an array of standard and custom windows for new residential and commercial construction projects in DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. We have a non-proprietary supply of windows from today’s best brands to meet your needs.
To see how we have helped clients complete their buildings, check out our new construction photo gallery. Then, stop by one of our local showrooms in Maryland and Northern Virginia to see our windows in action. You can also contact us at 1-800-370-8751 to request a quote for new construction windows in DC, MD, and VA.
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