Choosing windows is a crucial element when it comes to delving into the finish render of your home. Today, our building designers have given you some top tips on how to ensure you select the right options for you.

  • Windows types

There are thousands of different combinations: fixed, casement, double-hung, sliding, awning, opening vertically, horizontally, with two sashes inward or outward, etc. Most of the time people consider the combinations first and forget one important element; to choose windows that match your home’s architectural look and style.

  • Consider your budget

Each type of window/materials comes with a significant cost to be aware of. Overall, timber is generally the cheapest. Aluminium windows are slightly more expensive although the more expensive option would be a composite of timber and aluminium (also called “alu-clad”). If you want to go for the most cost-effective option, uPVC windows will suit perfectly.

  • Performances

Whatever the type of windows you choose and the materials you want to go for, it is also important to have a firm idea of the performances you aim to achieve. A good window provides enough natural light, better ventilation and reduces the energy consumption. However, these elements require a good understanding of the window’s design, glazing and location as windows can cause a great deal of energy loss. Don’t hesitate to contact our energy assessors if you would like to discuss the options you may have to increase the performances of your windows.

  • Understand the regulations

Windows and glass have specific guidelines in terms of opening restrictions, height and also the natural light provided. For example, a window (and additional elements developed in the Building Code of Australia) must provide no less than 10% of the floor area of a habitable room. The height restrictions are related to security purposes but also to Design Principle clauses specified in the R-Codes in terms of boundary setbacks. For more information, you can read Understand the R-Codes. Consult our building designers to find out which regulations apply to your project.

  • Security

Statistics show that an average of 90 WA homes a day were broken into last January 2016 or in other words, 1 home is being robbed every 16 minutes. Security is the most important aspect when choosing your home’s windows. It’s worth noting that windows are the weakest point of entry so ensure you select the safest windows to protect your place from potential intruders.

  • Bushfire prone area

Before you purchase your windows, be sure to check the DFES bushfire prone area map released by the DFES commissioner to see if your land is in a bushfire prone area (a pink area on the map). If so, you will need a BAL (Bushfire Attack Level) report before a building permit can be issued. Some BAL ratings can add to the cost of the windows as they will need to comply with the bushfire requirements. Contact our accredited BAL assessor for more information.

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