Home Improvements - Windows

The traditional Andalucian window. The cut within the wall was to allow girls from the "safety"  of their home to chat and whisper to passers by and potential suitors. Windows and life in Andalucia have come on a long way! © Michelle Chaplow
The traditional Andalucian window. The cut within the wall was to allow girls from the "safety" of their home to chat and whisper to passers by and potential suitors. Windows and life in Andalucia have come on a long way!

Your Windows to the World

Don’t underestimate the importance of choosing the right windows for your home in southern Spain. Believe it or not, both the Spanish lifestyle and the large doses of sunshine we enjoy can actually affect the kinds of frames – and sometimes even the glass – you choose when building or remodelling a home in this part of the world.

 

 

 


Choice of Frames

For all its charm, Spain is known to be one of the noisiest countries in Europe. This doesn’t have to be a problem, however, if you have good window frames that insulate against noise pollution. An expert can help you choose the best option for your particular situation.

On another front, good quality window frames will help to insulate your home against the heat in summer. These can be combined with the heavy, wooden blinds that are commonly installed today along with awnings to reduce your dependence on air conditioning during the hotter hours of the day.

During the winter months it can actually get colder than you might expect, at least enough to need a bit of heat now and then. Again, top quality frames will help you keep the heat in – and they will also help you to take advantage of heat generated by sunshine pouring into your home.

Choice of Glass

Depending on the direction your house is facing, you may need to consider tinted glass in order to be able to enjoy the sunlight without getting an overdose during certain times of the year.

 

If, on the other hand, your concern is privacy – you wish to be able to enjoy the view without allowing others to view you, along a busy street in a quaint village, for example – you might choose reflective glass for your panes.

Another factor affecting your choice of glass would be security. Security glass may cost more, but it will allow you to forgo the traditional iron bars that get in the way of many a beautiful view.

The key in choosing your windows is finding a professional who can properly assess the particular situation of your home and advise you regarding windows and frames as well as installation. As with any other type of home construction or improvement projects, consider getting more than one estimate before hiring any one company and do check for references and guarantees.

 

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