Window Placement: the Dos and Don’ts for Aluminium Windows in Your House
Whether you’re renovating or building a new home, window placement is one of the most important things that you’ll have to decide on. The design, configuration and aesthetic of your aluminium windows are also important, however, the appearance of your home, as well as the functionality of the windows, is largely dependent on the placement of the windows as well.
Why is aluminium window placement in a house so important?
Many people do not realise just how important window placement is. It’s more than just providing a balanced appearance for your home.
The placement of your windows is a powerful tool that should be optimised according to what you, your family or your business needs. Window placement takes a lot of thought and consideration and is best done in consultation with one of our A-Tech Australia advisers as they will be able to guide you through our products and the accessories that we stock.
The dos and don’ts of aluminium window placement
- Create consistency
Consistency in your window placement may refer to the colours of a cluster of or adjoining windows, the configuration of windows, or the pattern in which they are placed. Whether all or one of these factors is applicable, ensure that the placement of your aluminium windows is consistent.
Consistent window placement is more pleasing to the eye and more attractive to visitors. While, ultimately, it is your home, you should think about the future. A consistent placement pattern will not hurt your property’s value, should you wish to rent or sell in the future.
- Consider your rooms’ needs
Is your bathroom muggy? Does your laundry room smell damp? Is your kitchen tiny? The answers to these questions will indicate the placement necessary for your windows as well as the kind that you need.
For example, with a laundry room, you’d require a small aluminium awning or louvre window placed high on the wall to ensure privacy but facilitate ventilation. With a kitchen, especially a small one, you require a window that offers a lot of natural light and that is strategically placed to illuminate the entire kitchen and make it appear larger.
- Place windows where they capture cross-ventilation
There are certain areas in a home where you can place your windows to capture cross-ventilation – a natural method of cooling a home. Cross-ventilation is achieved by opening a lower window from the cooler side of your home and an upper window from the hotter side of your home. All doors should be open throughout the house so that the air can move through and cool the entire home. This is particularly important for homes that are interested in sustainable and energy-efficient designs.
- Use a fixed window in highly trafficked areas
Highly trafficked areas require two things: natural lighting and more importantly, natural ventilation. While fixed windows are beautiful and low-maintenance, they are not functional and should not be placed in highly trafficked areas like a kitchen or living room. Fixed windows cannot open and thus, cannot provide natural ventilation which is key to keeping highly trafficked areas cool and comfortable.
- Measure your windows yourself
Measuring windows yourself is one of the biggest mistakes that you can make when it comes to the placement of your aluminium windows. While we understand that home and business renovations can get expensive, independently measuring for the placement of windows is not the area to cut costs. In fact, it is likely to cost you even more money because you are likely to measure the areas/windows incorrectly.
Contact an A-Tech Australia adviser or a construction contractor to professionally measure your home for window placements.
- Place outward opening windows near paths or entries
Placing outward opening aluminium windows near paths or entryways is a recipe for disaster and will cause unnecessary accidents and appear awkwardly designed. An outward opened window will obstruct someone walking down a path or through an entry. Additionally, it will also appear poorly designed. To avoid this, relocate your windows or use sliding/stacked aluminium windows.
As you can see, window placement is incredibly important and should be carefully planned before making the final decisions for your home or business.
For more advice on our products or guidance regarding the placement of your aluminium windows, call 1300 775 525. Our employees will be more than happy to offer customisation advice and tips on selecting the product that’s right for you and your business.