Architects know that windows and doors impact more than the home’s design. They also affect the house’s carbon footprint and resilience against weather conditions such as wind, rain, snow, and heat. That’s why choosing the right models and brands is critical.
The truth is product selection is easier said than done. Architects specify products to get the best quality for the client’s budget, to ultimately find the perfect balance of performance, design, and sustainability features to satisfy project goals and achieve their client’s vision. There’s also the warranty support to consider in case something happens later.
Having a friend on the dealer and manufacturing side makes this process simpler. Rather than relying on their research, they can supplement their findings with firsthand experiences from people closest to the product—people who know how the product works, understand all the technical issues, and have strong opinions on brands.
This information is crucial for productive discussions with homeowners about their options. Not only do they want recommendations, but they also want to understand the reason behind them and feel confident that an informed decision is made. They also care about more than looks; they care about function, performance, and long-term impacts on their comfort and surroundings.
Many of these concerns can be addressed through hands-on time with the product. When homeowners can operate the product themselves and experience how it works firsthand, decision-making is easier—they either like it or they don’t.
Showrooms are naturally an excellent space for these tactile tests. However, with social distancing orders in place, visiting a showroom might be challenging. An alternative might be mailing samples of the product to their home and following up with a virtual showroom tour or arranging a socially distant tour with the dealer. It all depends on the comfort and safety of those involved.
Choosing windows and doors is an art and a science. The architect needs to choose visually stunning products while meeting performance and budget requirements. It’s a complex balancing act. But when information is shared between parties on both sides of the sale, decisions come simpler and tend to be better.
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