Professionals Share the Latest Trends in Windows & Doors
When it comes to picking out windows and doors, be it original or replacement, the options can seem daunting. So, what do you need to keep in mind before making a purchase? We asked the professionals.
There are many things to consider when shopping for windows. Changing or updating the look of the home, along with improving energy efficiency, are two of the top reasons people replace their windows. One of the main areas to concentrate on when you’re considering replacement windows is the window type: wood, hybrid, metal composite, or vinyl. You want to be certain you are getting a reinforced and insulated frame while also paying close attention to the spacer, glass, and sash. Choosing very energy-efficient and high-performing insulated glass is important. In addition, the frame material, color, style, experience of the installer, installation method, and warranty are all critical when choosing a replacement contractor.
Matt Hullander, Hullco, Inc.
Homeowners have a tough job juggling family, careers, organizations, hobbies, and the list goes on! When it comes to selecting the windows and doors meant just for you, trust in the professionals. The right specialist has the knowledge to change ordinary windows and doors into the perfect fit for your design style. Describe how you live in your home and offer up inspiration photos. There’s sure to be a perfect blend of options that will help transform your house into a space that makes you smile. Warm a family room or study by changing window interiors to a cherry wood, or upgrade glass in your sunroom to better protect your furnishings and make it more comfortable to relax in. Perhaps you opt for brushed chrome window hardware for that kitchen window view. It’s touches like these that professionals like us may suggest and that are the key to turning your house into your home.
Joey Tubbs, HomeChoice Windows and Doors
The first thing I would do is decide on the style of door/window, which will go with the design of the exterior of the house. If you have a covered porch, you can go either way – a solid stained wood door or a smooth fiberglass door for painting. Stained wood doors are generally either mahogany, knotty alder, or fir. I do not suggest using hardwood doors when they are exposed to direct weather. There are many choices of fiberglass door styles with different wood grains that can be stained, and they will hold up much better to direct weather. Iron decorative doors are another good choice, particularly for an old-world look, and they hold up to all weather conditions. Interior doors should also be fitted to the style of the house. Wood doors are an excellent choice if you prefer stained doors with painted woodwork. Once you go to a wood door, the choices are endless.
Eddie Lawson, Interior Trim & Supply, Inc.
Homeowners may not realize how custom and unique a replacement window can be. These windows can easily be designed for each room and work to capture a great view or bring in natural light. The overall beauty of a window can bring several elements together and infuse the indoor and outdoor ambiance. It truly can captivate the best of both features while incorporating personal style. Equally important is the quality of installation. Look for true craftsmanship accompanied by the highest ratings for window lines. The OKNA series is a great example of a quality window line and has set itself apart from all others on the market.
Trey Moon, Window Works of Chattanooga
For many people, windows and doors are a once-in-a-lifetime purchase, so it is essential to make a list of the features that are important to you. Durability is a key feature to consider. Over the years, the weather will take its toll on your windows and doors, and they must withstand strong winds, heavy rains, and extreme temperatures. Architectural style is another key feature to consider. As you look around your home, you will notice that windows and doors play a very important role in the inside and outside appearance of the house. Other factors to consider are energy efficiency, natural light, and ease of maintenance. The most important choice you will make when purchasing your windows and doors is who will be installing them. Find a company who you can trust. They should tell you what to expect, when to expect it, and how much it will cost.
Mallory Harrison, East Chattanooga Lumber & Supply Co.