FINDING A WINDOW INSTALLER
Windows are an important part of any home, providing light, ventilation and defining style. When positioned correctly you will receive optimum ventilation and lighting while still maintaining security, safety and privacy.
A professional will ensure that your windows are fitted to the best standard and the manufacturer’s requirements. Remember to keep all warranties and paperwork.
Window installation: a contractor will acquire accurate on site measurements, checking the frames are the correct dimensions, insulation and sealing of the window frames, protection of the frame and window during construction, plastering and completion of the interior and paint work.
Whole window replacement: Periodically you may need to replacec windows especially in an older property, for various reasons.
Window glass supply: Check that all products comply with SABS Standards.
Supplying window frames: Window frames are a vital part in the homes structure providing support for glazing options as well as alethic detail to the interior and exterior. If the frames are poorly fitted or warped, they will allow moisture and or drafts to penetrate the home.
Window repairs: Windows can be damaged, and a window supplier is the best person to contact as repair is a specialized task.
Basic things for consideration when selecting windows include;
7. Energy efficiency
Types of Windows
There are several different types of windows, to suit any style of home. Here we outline the most common types:
• Sliding –sliding windows are versatile and relatively cheap, suit most homes, low maintenance and take up little space. They are lockable providing extra security
• Fixed Pane – windows cannot be opened and are essentially a sheet of window glass set within a frame. Because they remain in place, they can be made to any shape or size and they are easily dressed with curtains or other window dressings.
• Bi-fold– these operate in the same fashion as bi-fold doors, with the windows opening inwards or outwards in a concertina way. As these windows let in a lot of light and air they are well-suited to entertaining. They are also lockable.
• Double-hung– double-hung windows are common and have two separate panels that move up and down independently. These windows are lockable, let in as much or as little air as you want, and allow you to fit flyscreen’s. They also allow for a variety of window dressings.
• Casement – these windows open outwardly to as far as ninety degrees. The windows are then held open with a metal rod. Because they open so far, they are a good source of ventilation. However, flyscreen’s for casement windows need to be custom-made and they are not lockable.
• Awning – these open outwards using a chain winder, and these chains hold the window open at the desired position. Awning windows are suitable for spots that are difficult to reach or where the window may be partially obstructed.
• Louvres– louvre windows are made up of panels of slatted glass that turn to the desired position. They are great for ventilation as they let in maximum air. It is even possible to have them open while it is raining if they are turned to the correct position.
Hiring Window Contractors
Ensure your quotes include fixtures such as locks and handles. Check references and ask to view samples of previous work if possible!
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