If you’re in the market for windows and doors for your new or renovated home, you’ve probably noticed the wide range of options that are available. With different sizes, frames, shades of colors, types of glazing, design and styles, the variety can be confusing.

So here are tips to make it easier for you to choose the right windows and doors for your home.

1. Showroom or manufacturing facility

Where possible, visit showroom or manufacturing facility so you can see potential windows and doors in person. You’ll get a much better idea of the look and feel of a window or door when it’s displayed in its proper context, or an imitation of its proper context. Visiting in person also allows you to touch and feel the windows and doors, so you can physically experience the quality – or lack thereof.

2. Online

If you can’t visit a showroom or manufacturing facility, you can still look at the windows and doors you’re considering online. When browsing online, look for listings that show the products “in context” in people’s homes. You want to get a strong idea of the way the windows and doors you’re thinking about can fit into a home, so you can visualize your idea. You’ll also want to see full specifications, energy ratings, and other important details.

3. Architecture

You would be surprised how often people forget it: make sure you choose windows and doors that match your home’s architectural look and style. For example, in a modern, contemporary home will be a great fit glass from floor to ceiling. But if you renovate an old house, for example, such an architectural design looks pretty out of place. Your architect or building designer should be able to give you recommendations about the lifestyle of windows and doors you should choose to suit your property’s character. Window frame color needs to be aligned with the walls, the facade, the roof of the building ... the color should also always be in harmony with your home interior.

4. Purpose

The windows and doors you select also need to fit the purpose they’re meant to fulfil. If you want privacy in a ground-floor bathroom, for instance, you’ll want windows with obscure glass. For maximum light or showcasing a view, large glass sliding doors or windows that come in large configurations, are probably what you’re looking for. If ventilation’s important to you, you’re obviously not going to want fixed windows. Sliding doors, large windows, solar tinted windows, shutters, blinds.... everything has to fit into your purpose.

5. Security

You can’t have a home without windows and doors – that would be a doomsday bunker. But because windows and doors are a home’s weak point, it’s important to factor security options into your choices. Your window’s height relative to the ground, locks, the strength of the glass, and the quality of your security screens or safety screens will all factor into the security of your windows and doors…... All of these safety factors take into consideration when choosing.

6. Orientation

Your windows and doors will be your home’s source of natural light. You don’t want to let in too little or too much sun, so it’s important to factor the orientation of the sun into your window choice. The size and orientation of your windows in relation to the sun, along with your type of glazing, will determine how much sunlight streams into each room. Maybe in one room in the morning sun is stronger, and in the second room in after-noon. Your architect or building designer can recommend appropriately sized and placed windows and doors when your home is still under construction. For existing windows, blinds, dimming glass and others solve too little or too much sun.

7. Energy Efficiency

Approximately 50% of all energy consumed in Serbian homes is used for cooling and heating. The vast majority of your home’s heat loss and heat gain come from windows, so choosing energy efficient windows can have a real effect on your power bills. Your window’s design, glass type, glazing, and seals determine how energy efficient it is. Toned or “tinted” glass, low-e glass, are all energy efficient features and it’s worth considering.

8. Acoustics

Do you live in a busy area? Then you may be interested in windows that are specifically designed for acoustic performance. These windows reduce the neighborhood voices, traffic noise from entering your home.

9. Budget

Of course, the windows and doors you buy ultimately have to fit within your budget. That’s why it’s important to prioritize which features are most important to you. Are you particularly concerned with energy efficiency and security? Then you need to invest in windows that fit this bill, even if that means you miss out on better acoustic shielding. By prioritizing the features you’re looking for, you can ensure you choose the best windows and doors for your budget.

CR Link manufactures windows and doors from KBE profiles that cover all of these points and much more.