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Windows and French windows: 5 tips for making the right choice

What type of glazing, what material and what opening system to choose when buying windows and French doors? How to choose the right company? How to lower the bill? Back to the main questions to ask when choosing new carpentry.

Windows and French windows: choose the right material

Choosing or changing your windows and French windows requires thought. Indeed, this change has an impact on the brightness, style, comfort and insulation of the home. When changing a window or French window, the question arises of the material: wood, PVC, aluminum or mixed. Wood joinery easily adapts to the traditional style of a house, thanks to their warm style, and offers one of the most effective solutions in terms of insulation. However wooden windows and French windows require a complete maintenance every 6 to 8 years, an aspect to take into account. PVC windows and patio doors require no maintenance other than a simple surface cleaning with a damp cloth. In addition, PVC joinery is resistant and increasingly thin and discreet. Interesting decorative advantage: PVC joinery is available in many colors, to blend perfectly with the decor style. For lovers of design architecture, aluminum joinery, ultra-thin and resistant, is particularly suitable for large bay windows. Even if aluminum is not a good insulator, thermal break systems can optimize the thermal insulation of these models. Finally, mixed windows, combining two materials inside and outside, allow the aesthetic appearance of wood to be obtained with the qualities of PVC or aluminum.

For more information, read: Choose your windows: wood, aluminum or PVC?

Estimate the price of windows with: Window price guide

Windows and French windows: choosing the right glazing

When choosing windows and French windows or bay windows, there is also the question of glazing. For good thermal insulation, double glazing remains the norm. It should be noted that triple glazing is increasingly being considered to improve the insulation of the house. When choosing between double and triple glazing, be careful: the choice of your glazing will depend on the solar gain from your window and the real needs for insulation. There is no need to invest in triple glazing, which offers relatively heavy windows and French windows, if the idea is to favor acoustic insulation or take advantage of passive heating by radiation of light in winter. On these specific points the double glazing will be more efficient and sufficient. To improve acoustic comfort, manufacturers of windows and French windows have also developed specific glazing composed of two glasses of different thickness. Finally think about thermal comfort: in a room facing south, solar control glazing brings real well-being. The latter will block up to 80% of solar emissions.

For more information, see our article “Window replacement: double or triple glazing?”

Windows and French doors: choosing the right opening system

Another essential question when fitting out windows and French doors: which opening system to choose? The so-called “French” opening system, with doors opening inwards, is still the norm. The ventilation of the room is then maximum and the windows and French windows are easy to clean, which makes it a system suitable for most rooms. This type of opening can be completed by a tilting opening: a tilt-and-turn window. This system allows it to be left open at night or in the absence of the occupants. Other opening systems exist. The sliding or pocket opening, which is becoming more and more popular, especially for bay windows, ensures that the opening is “large” without having to move a single object. It offers space savings and exceptional opening possibilities, ideal for removing the boundaries between inside and outside. To choose the right type of window or window opening, take into account the space and the environment of each of your windows. Each window must be understood as a unique element.

To find out more, read: What opening system for my windows?

Estimate the price of your windows with: Window price guide

Windows and French doors: choosing the right company

Apart from the choice of windows and French windows proper, there is the question of the company that will come to install them. Note that the latter is essential and that this choice cannot be improvised at the risk of ending up with non-waterproof joinery. To properly choose your window installation professional, an online quote is a first approach to the budget required to carry out the work. But later, a visit to a building company allows you to refine the project and get professional advice, especially to harmonize the openings with the style of the house. To choose the right company for the supply and installation of windows and French windows, word of mouth remains a good technique. You will also need to make sure that the company does have decennial and civil liability insurance. Being approved by the manufacturer of locking systems and / or being Qualibat certified is an additional guarantee. Finally, for the individual to benefit from aid for energy renovation, the installer must hold an RGE (Recognized Guarantor of the Environment) certification.

For more information, read: Installing a window: how to choose your craftsman?

Windows and French doors: lower the bill

Comparing the quotes naturally lowers the bill. However, do not forget to compare offers with identical services (purchase and installation, materials, etc.). To amortize your work of replacement or installation of French windows and windows, State aid exists: Reduced rate VAT ( 5.5%), tax credit, premium.