Any home renovation project takes time and planning to ensure every aspect was considered prior to work beginning. Replacing your windows and doors is no exception. Signs you need new windows include visible damage, drafts, and difficulty in operation. You need to take into consideration many factors including material, style, operation, design, colour, energy efficiency, installation and much more. It is easy to get overwhelmed by all the options available. At some point you will probably find yourself asking “how do I choose the right windows and doors for my house? This is probably accompanied by pulling your own hair or banging your head.

To help save you some head trauma, we asked our expert contractors to offer some insights on the best approach to choosing the right windows and doors for your home.

Here is what they suggested:

Consider Functionality

One of the may things you need to pay attention to when replacing your windows and doors is how the replacement operate. These elements of your home are used on a regular basis and should function fairly easily. You need to make sure there is enough clearance for the windows or doors to open fully (pay attention if they open inward or outward) and that everyone in your household is able to maneuver the replacements with ease.

Construction and Materials

The design of your new windows and doors are important, but before choosing the design you need to first choose the materials. Our experts say that this can be completed by considering several characteristics, including the purpose of the room. For example, outward facing windows and doors need to be designed from sturdy materials that can face extreme weather conditions with ease. Your windows and doors can be constructed out of various materials, including wood, glass, vinyl, and aluminum. Each material comes with its own advantages and disadvantages, so make sure to ask the contractor for their recommendations based on your area and do your due diligence prior to deciding.

Match the Architectural Style of Your Home

No matter the age or design of your home, the architectural style of your property plays a key role in selecting new windows and doors. You will want to make sure that your choice will match the design of your home and not create a conflicting feel and look. Replacement doors and windows is an easy way to boost your home’s curb appeal and value, but only if they accentuate your home.

Selecting Colour

The colour options for your new windows and doors are endless, taking the time to select a colour scheme that matches and enhances your home is important. You can choose a bold colour for your main entrance door, as this will help make it a focal point of your home, but our experts suggest staying away from bold colours for your windows, as style preferences change over time and your windows lifespan is between 25-30 years.

Ensuring you are making the best choice for your family’s lifestyle when selecting replacement windows and doors is the best way to ensure you will be happy with your choices for years to come. Replacement windows and doors are a long-term investment that you will be able to admire and enjoy for many years. With the above suggestions in mind, you should be able to choose the right windows and doors for your home.