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9 Common Window Buying Mistakes By Developers

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9 Common Window Buying Mistakes By Developers

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The average life expectancy of high-quality windows is around 20 years, and 30 years if lucky. This average lifespan is dependent on several factors, such as the build material, environmental conditions and maintenance. However, sometimes this doesn’t happen, as some developers make mistakes when choosing new or replacement windows. 

This article will list the 9 most common window buying mistakes to avoid for developers.

1. Choosing the wrong material 

When choosing a window frame, it is important to consider what material the window frame is made of. If a material not suited for the building, area or location of said building is chosen, it can have a negative impact on the aesthetics of the building and the lifespan of the window frames. For example, uPVC frames are lower maintenance while compared to wooden frames, and more resistant to weather and decay.

2. Choosing the wrong opening

The two common window designs, the casement window and the hung window.

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But what’s the difference? For example, casement windows are easier to use, have better security features, and excellent energy efficiency. On the other hand, hung windows have a more classic look, and are often more space efficient.

Choosing the wrong type of opening can cause the window to not meet the functional requirements or negatively affect the aesthetics of the building. 

3. Choosing the wrong color

Having wrong-colored windows will clash with the overall aesthetics of the building. This can further lead to a reduced perceived quality of the constructed building and thus reducing the resale value.

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As an alternative to painted windows, Vistaza foil-wrapped uPVC windows offer a multitude of different colors and finishes, which can be used to craft an aesthetically pleasing building exterior.

The many additional benefits of using Vistaza’s foil-wrapped uPVC windows can be found here.

4. Ignoring security

When it comes to safety, it would be unwise to ignore the role windows play. One of the easiest ways to improve window security would be the use of safety glass.

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However, these solutions do not come without downsides. Window locks only work when the windows are closed, causing bad ventilation, while window grilles often reduce the overall aesthetic quality of the building.

Here at Vistaza, the simple solution to these problems is to add a window restrictor. Window restrictors work by restricting the window opening. This still allows for plenty of ventilation, while not changing the look of the building. A deeper dive into window restrictors can be found here.

5. Choosing the wrong professional window installation company

Choosing the wrong window installation company comes with many issues, such as poor workmanship, lack of safety protocols, and potential property damage due to the lack of professionalism. Some developers rush and make more mistakes while trying to complete certain task orders, causing the windows to not be installed properly.

Vistaza has created a list of 10 FAQs on windows installation, to prevent mistakes while installing windows.

6. Neglecting NAFS performance standards

The NAFS performance standard was created to evaluate the performance of windows, doors, and skylights. The NAFS assessment tests the structural integrity, air infiltration, water penetration resistance, and resistance to forced entry of these fenestration products. This standard is often used to ensure the safety and quality of the products.

Ignoring these standards would be unwise, as it could lead to choosing bad quality products, additional safety concerns, and being incompatible with building codes.

A simple way to determine the required NAFS performance class is to read this article by Vistaza.

7. Neglecting climate zone specifications

Depending on where the building is situated, the types of windows that are suitable to specific climate zones will be different. 

The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), provides recommendations for the performance of windows based on factors such as U-factor, Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC), Visible Transmittance (VT), and Air Leakage (AL). These ratings provide a recommendation when choosing a suitable window type for specific climate zones.

Additional information on the NFRC ratings based on climate zones can be found here.

8. Neglecting ventilation requirements

Sometimes, developers would ignore ventilation requirements when building a structure. Neglecting ventilation within structures could cause issues such as excessive humidity, which can cause mildew and mold to grow, reduced comfort, poor indoor air quality (IAQ) and non-compliance with building codes and regulations.

An easy solution to this would be to install window trickle vents. These small vents are normally installed above windows to provide additional airflow continuously in a discrete manner.

The Impact of Buying Wrong Windows

Based on these 9 common mistakes, buying the wrong type of windows comes with several potential issues. Firstly, the wrong type of windows might reduce the overall aesthetic quality of the structure. In the long run, these mistakes could cause a higher overall cost, when taking replacement and maintenance into account. Lastly, the comfort of the occupants would be negatively affected when using the wrong types of windows.

That being said, Vistaza offers a wide range of windows, all made to adhere to a high standard of quality. Most importantly, all our windows fulfill the legal compliances as mandated by local regulations. 

By consulting our experts, these mistakes can be easily avoided. Feel free to have a chat with our consultants, so you can decide what is best for your needs.

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