Building a new home can be challenging and stressful – filled with questions and options. Choosing roofing, siding, cabinets… where do you start? To add to the pressure, most homeowners are working within a strict budget, yet don’t want to compromise on quality.

Scott Branscom, builder for the HGTV Smart Home 2017, knows that in order to build a top-notch home you need top-notch building products – including high quality, new windows.

We asked Branscom about the qualities he looks for when he chooses building products for his homes. Here are the top three things he considers.

 1. Quality product.

“Functionality and quality of any home building product is key,” says Branscom.

What you need to look for when buying new windows.

Cutting costs by using lower quality building products can cost you more money long-term. High-quality windows, such as the Simonton windows used in this year’s HGTV Smart Home, use reliable and durable materials. To help ensure quality and durability, Simonton branded windows and doors are tested to the advanced AAMA Gold Label Certification Program. The Gold Certification is AAMA’s highest level of testing with windows and doors being tested for thermal performance as well as air, water and structural integrity.

2. Design options.

Casement windows make opening your windows a breeze.“When building the HGTV Smart Homes, we not only must build a top-notch home using top-notch building products, we must also choose products that are cohesive with the design plan,” said Branscom.

That’s why, when you research window companies, you need to make sure they have the design options you need to match your home’s décor.

“Variety of design options at a reasonable price point are key factors to look for in Simonton products,” noted Branscom. Simonton offers a variety of window styles, grid styles and color options, so you can completely customize your new windows. These window styles include:

  • Double Hung Windows: Double hung windows are easy to clean because of inward tilting sash. The double hung window can be opened by lowering the top or raising the bottom sash.
  • Slider Windows: Sliders glide horizontally from side to side. The streamlined, contemporary profile allows more natural light into your home.
  • Casement Windows: Casement windows are easily opened with a crank outwards to the left or the right. This style of window provides open views and full ventilation.
  • Awning Windows: Hinged at the top and designed to open outward, awning windows provide additional airflow to a room.
  • Bay or Bow Windows: A combination of three or more angled windows make up our classic and iconic bay and bow windows that add dimension to a home.
  • Picture Windows: Picture windows are fixed and can’t be opened. They’re available in a variety of shapes and sizes and are also the most energy efficient window style.
  • Garden Windows: Garden windows project outward and provide space to display foliage, photos or décor. They’re perfect for over a kitchen sink.

3. Energy efficiency options.

“Whether we are building the HGTV Smart Home in the dry heat of Scottsdale, Arizona or in the humid Raleigh, North Carolina climate, Simonton products have been a great solution for keeping the climate inside of each home comfortable,” said Branscom.

How to use natural light in home design.

While most new vinyl windows are energy efficient, there are several options and upgrades that can increase energy efficiency. For example, low-e coatings, argon gas fills, and ENERGY STAR certified are options commonly used in extreme climates to offer an extra layer of efficiency and keep heat in during colder months and out during warmer months.

Want to learn more about the HGTV Smart Home 2017?

View exclusive photos and see how the HGTV Smart Home 2017 came together HERE.

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