Different Types of Windows for Different Climates
There’s a myth out there… an urban legend if you will… that all windows work for all homes. While in essence it’s true, the Valley Windows team can provide all sorts of detail and colour as to the windows that not only work, they enhance the home – both inside and out.
Windows can really make or break a home. (And we’re sure that there are some breaking window puns in there somewhere). As we’ve shared a million times on this blog, when they’re well cared for, the benefits are immense. And when they’re not… well, hey! You always have the opportunity to clean, mend or work with a team like the Valley Windows team to provide you a better view.
Today we’re talking about the different types of windows for different climates. And because there’s so much information to share, we’re dividing this topic into a couple of posts.
We’re lucky to work with an abundance of clients in all sorts of climates throughout the area. It’s important to remember what a role your area’s climate plays when you’re determining all sorts of things about your home, and windows are certainly one of them.
Let’s look at the bigger picture first. If you live in a particularly dry and warm area, that means a certain type of soil, silt or clay under your home – therefore dictating the materials that the house itself will need to be the home where you make memories for generations to come. You’ll want to ensure that the structure of the home is one that takes, and doesn’t move, as ground can tend to expand and contract, based on weather. So, that’s your first big decision. Now it’s time to talk about your windows. First up – you want to ensure that whatever window style you choose, it’s water resistant. Great examples of materials include vinyl, fiberglass and any wood-resin composite examples. The key here is windows with a high resistance to temperature transference.
Conversely, you may live in an area that, though it sees all four seasons, it can get pretty cold during certain months. In this case, we recommend that you look for wood – in all capacities. It’s one of the least thermally conductive materials out there. Not only that, we’re talking about windows (or any components of your home) that will last for years to come. That said, if you have a timber window in place and you’re thinking about replacing, we highly recommend against that. No new units here unless it’s necessary for your comfort and safety. If you’re super worried about the windows being as efficient as possible, you can always consider talking to teams like ours about storm windows.
Only two types of climates, you say? We know – the Valley Windows blog is the best place to learn how to give yourself a better view. Guess you’re just going to have to come back when we continue this discussion about the best windows for different climates.