The choice of the right windows is fundamental to guarantee the well-being and quality of life in our home: through some useful tips, we will highlight the most important aspects to consider, recommend the choice of aluminum frames, the quality and type of glass, and the importance of also evaluating the bureaucratic and fiscal factors. Of course, we will also look at other functional aspects, such as the choice of the type of window opening.
1. A Matter of Safety
The use of aluminum guarantees high and technically measurable levels of safety. Especially in the case of window installations and closing devices like shutters, roller shutters, and blinds, aluminum is burglar-resistant and can make your home more secure.
The windows’ quality and the strength and resistance of the aluminum frames are also very dissuasive because a house that seems well protected will discourage any malicious person.
Besides, aluminum is strong and light and therefore manages to support the weight of burglar-proof glass, even with small frame profiles, without compromising aesthetics. Aluminum windows can also be equipped with concealed protection accessories, which increase security without attracting attention.
2. Let the Light In
Having a bright house is pleasant because natural light positively influences our well-being and allows us to reduce electricity consumption.
Adequate lighting of each environment is guaranteed by respecting the overhead lighting ratios, i.e., the ratio between the size of a room’s windows and its surface area: the exact calculation of these values must be entrusted to a professional window installer.
The choice of frames is decisive in a design that makes maximum use of natural light. The strength and lightness of the material allow the windows to support larger glazing, thus increasing the windows’ light surface.
Suppose the characteristics of the house allow it. In that case, an excellent solution is to use sliding windows with frames that favor the connection with the outside spaces, thus allowing the installation of large windows and obtaining more light in the house.
3. Prioritize Silence and Peace
To limit the damage caused by noise pollution in closed environments, the structures must be built so that the noise perceived by the occupants and persons in the vicinity remains at levels that are not harmful to health and allows them to sleep, rest and work in satisfactory conditions.
At the building level, the critical point of any solution designed for the interior is the doors and windows. The acoustic performance of a window frame depends mainly on the type of glass selected, but other factors also contribute, such as the airtightness of the structure and the installation’s quality.
Special attention must therefore be paid to glass and doors and windows. With some materials, it is possible to create doors and windows with high airtightness performance, capable of guaranteeing the correct acoustic insulation of a building, even if it is located in an area with a high density of traffic.
4. Energy-Efficiency Is Also Key
In a normal house, between 10 and 20% of the total energy is lost through transmission through the window frames. Choosing the right fixtures, combined with the correct design of the installation, is, therefore, an essential factor in promoting energy savings in a building.
Some materials, thanks to the thermal break technology (interruption of the continuity between the internal and external part with insulating material), allow to create high-performance thermal insulation fixtures capable of significantly improving the energy savings guaranteed by a building.
Air permeability, called “draughts”, causes thermal dispersion and reduces energy savings. Drafts also represent acoustic bridges, i.e. imperfect connections between the rigid elements of a system, which produce noise by transmitting vibrations.
As part of an intelligent design, some doors and windows offer high levels of thermal insulation and airtightness to limit energy dispersion and the elimination of excess humidity in living spaces is entrusted to appropriate ventilation systems.
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