How to choose and maintain your interior woodwork?
You should consider both the aesthetics and the functionality of the windows and doors you choose for your new home (thermal insulation, maintenance, security, etc.). To sum up, the woodwork on the inside of your home is something you should give some thought to, and here are some helpful things to know to help you get started.
Choose between wood, PVC, and aluminum for my home's interior woodwork
For both entryways and vistas, you can pick from a variety of materials, each with its own set of pros and cons. For instance, aluminum keeps making strides in the marketplace, alluring more and more consumers with its solid construction and adaptability. It can be modified to suit a wide variety of building styles and aesthetic preferences.
The timeless appeal of wood lies in its natural qualities of warmth and authenticity. To achieve the low maintenance costs of metal and the high aesthetic value of wood joinery, aluminum is often used in combination with wood.
"Wood retains a timeless appeal and remains timeless for its warmth and authenticity."
Last but not least, PVC's low cost, adaptability, and promise of simple maintenance mean that it is still widely used in modern products (a quick wipe down is all it takes).
When picking out windows, what should you look for?
You should absolutely choose your windows based on their thermal performance, in addition to the question of the main material. The best of them will provide you with a level of airtightness that will allow you to drastically cut down on heating costs and still meet the standards set for new buildings in terms of energy efficiency.
When planning a renovation, it's important to give thought to how the glazing will need to change to accommodate the new layout. If you put in a window facing north, for instance, you should use triple glazing. South-facing windows can benefit greatly from solar control glazing, which blocks the sun's rays to keep the room at a more comfortable temperature. Additionally, solutions with improved acoustic insulation can be favored in areas vulnerable to noise from passing vehicles.
Only triple glazing should be used in passive houses.
The best hardware, such as doorknobs and door locks
You need to think ahead to the variety of options for opening and closing doors and windows, both for convenience and safety.
Automatic door openers
The door opener is an important part of any home security system, but it is especially useful if you have children who stay home alone or if you feel unsafe staying in your own home alone.
Pulls for Doors
Whether you go with a handle mounted to a plate or a rose will be largely a matter of taste, but you'll need to think ahead to the door's closing mechanism either way (with or without key, condemnation button, full). Always go with the option that works best with the two areas the door is separating (e.g., bathroom vs. exterior or unlocked interior room)!
The Securing of Doors
Selecting a lock with three or five points of security will increase its ability to deter intruders. Keep in mind that locks should always strive for the highest level of security possible, and that there are a variety of protection systems (against breaking, picking, or drilling) that can be useful.
“When it comes to keeping your belongings safe from intruders, a lock with three or five points of security is your best bet”.
Regarding the fasteners, plan ahead for the various window and bay configurations' opening and closing motions. It may be necessary to install locks or other security measures on some uncovered components, but for our everyday convenience, we prefer to wager on tilt-and-turn models, which let in air without inviting intruders inside.