Do you have a dream home in mind? As you build your new house, choosing the right windows will positively impact the enjoyment of your home.
New construction windows are typically installed during the early stages of construction for a new home, or for a built-from-scratch addition to a home. This installation includes a nail fin which is fastened directly to the frame of the house, requiring access to the frame studs, which is why these windows are typically used in new construction projects.
If you're building a new home, you are probably already working with an architect or builder. You'll want to work with your builder on the orientation of your home on its site. You should talk to them about the strategic placing and use of various kinds of windows to capture the light and energy savings you want.
Some Tips to Consider:
- Depending on your climate zone, heat from sunlight entering south-facing windows can provide from 20% to 80% of the heat required to keep a home warm in the winter. If you're looking for maximum solar gain to reduce heating requirements, you'll want to have an expansive southern exposure with lots of windows. To reduce the amount of solar gain in the summer when you don't want it, consider using overhangs to provide shade.
- If you're in a hot climate and looking for ways to reduce cooling requirements, you'll want to maximize the amount of windows you place on the north side of the house, allowing in natural light without the direct rays of the sun. Windows on the east side may bring in unwanted morning heat. Windows on the west side may bring in unwanted afternoon heat. Overhangs and extra high efficiency forms of Low-E insulated glass reject more of the sun's heat and fabric-fading rays while letting you enjoy window light.
- If you're a morning person and like to get up with the light, you'll want a bedroom in the southeast corner of a home.
- If you're a night owl, avoid the eastern sunrise. By choosing a west-facing bedroom, the rising sun won't wake you up in the morning.
- If you're considering skylights, a smaller skylight with a deep splayed lightwell can provide a great deal of light with fewer thermal disadvantages than a bigger skylight with a lightwell that has straight sides.
- If you're looking for the most effective ventilation, balance window light and cooling by placing windows on at least two sides of each room.
Your Local Milgard Dealer can also provide recommendations specific to windows based on your climate, desired architectural style and energy efficiency. It is important to consider an industry professional’s recommendations and do some additional research too. We suggest taking the opportunity to view displays in your local dealer’s showroom so you can get a better idea of how different window options will look in your new home.