How to choose the most suitable doors and windows for my house

Although it is easy to think that doors, windows and doors are simply structural partition elements, their shape, the chosen material and the style can radically change the aesthetic perception of a space.

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Although it is easy to think that doors, windows and doors are simply structural partition elements, their shape, the chosen material, and the style can radically change the aesthetic perception of a space. Changing these elements becomes one of the simplest, fastest, and most apparent reforms with which you will get a new appearance and functionality in your home.

We will tell you how to choose them, what the materials are and their essential characteristics so that you can save space, modify the distribution and enjoy better acoustic and thermal insulation, with a lot of style.

Renovate the doors of your house

 For a long time, the majority of doors that we could choose were those with hinged opening, generally blind (totally opaque, made of wood, plywood or lacquered), with a piece of glass or totally glazed. They are still one of the most widespread options, although new trends and needs have expanded solutions for interior doors. In addition to the traditional folding, you will find other models that can be adapted to your specific needs, among which are:

Sliding doors:  they have become one of the best alternatives, especially in spaces where there are no more than meters. Thanks to its opening system, 1.5 m2 can be saved compared to opening a conventional door. In addition, within this range of doors you can choose between those that are integrated into the wall, thanks to an interior coronet that hides the door leaf between the wall partitions. In this case, it will be necessary to make a specific reform to allow the door to be inserted inside the wall. Among the advantages we can highlight that you can use the wall to put furniture, hang pictures, etc. On the other hand, sliding doors with a guide system hang from guides installed in the upper part. You hardly need to do any relevant work, there are very decorative models and guide systems, but when sliding sideways on the wall, you will not be able to take advantage of it.

 Flush-leaf hinged doors: these models of internal doors open with the same opening system as traditional hinges, but are characterized by their clean shapes and design. They do not have any type of molding or frame and are perfectly integrated and camouflaged in the wall partition, especially if they are painted the same color. This system can also be used on sliding doors, providing contemporary space.

Pivoting doors: they are one of the most current door models, perfect for interior environments and entrances to contemporary-style homes. They are installed using bolts placed at the end of the blade. The swivel bolts secure the door to the top and side frames while at the base the bolt supports the weight and holds the door to the floor and frame.

Aluminum windows

Aluminum windows are offered in a wide range of colors and finishes, foliated or lacquered. However, as a metal, aluminum is a good conductor of energy, so its insulation properties and energy efficiency are lower than those of other materials. In addition, this fact is coupled with the need to screw the corners since it is impossible to weld them hermetically, with the consequent entry of air and noise. To counteract this, high-end aluminum windows are currently designed with a Thermal Bridge Break: a plastic gap that is placed in the central area of ​​the profiles to reduce the entry of cold and loss of color. Another of its strengths is the wide range of profiles and accessory accessories and the ease of working, although at the cost of a more expensive price. And finally, aluminum is a very light and resistant metal but it has a tendency to generate condensation and scratch, leaving it exposed to oxidation and corrosion.

PVC windows

More than 30 years ago it began to take its first steps in Europe due to its greater insulation and efficiency properties. PVC, a resin made up of 57% common salt, was the last material to be added to this list. Today, it is the present and the future of windows. PVC windows are characterized by their excellent thermal and acoustic insulation, since, in addition to the PVC itself, they are designed and extruded with several internal air chambers, adding in the case of Coven plus windows a reinforcement of galvanized steel in all profiles . It is a material of very high durability and very low maintenance cost, only soap and water are needed, as it is immune to contamination and highly resistant to condensation and inclement weather. The color remains stable over time and, thanks to new foiling technologies, it can be produced in a wide range of colors and wood and metallic finishes, smooth and textured, as well as in the new ultra matte Spectral finish , a great revolution for the aesthetic possibilities of windows. Another of its great advantages is its ability to be 100% recycled and its lower environmental impact in the manufacturing process: according to a study by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, PVC windows are 45% more efficient than aluminum windows and a 15% more than wood in reducing CO 2 emissions into the atmosphere.

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