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Making the Right Choice for Your California Home: Inland vs. Coastal Windows

Windows are one of the most important choices you’ll make when building or remodeling your home – and in California, where homes can be inland or coastal, the type of window you choose is critical. Inland windows must be able to withstand hot, dry conditions, while coastal windows must be able to withstand salt air and high humidity.

Today, we’ll be looking at a comparison of inland vs. coastal windows for your home in Southern California.

Choosing California Windows: Inland vs. Coastal Homes

California experiences the five major climate zones in proximity, including the Desert, Highland, Mediterranean, Cool Interior, and Steppe climates. Thus, the best type of window for your home in California depends on your region and the climate it experiences.

Inland and coastal homes in California are two different types of houses that are built with different characteristics. Inland homes are typically located in the hot, dry climate of the Desert region. This region includes parts of Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

The average highs in the summer months hover around 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and the winters are cool with occasional freezing temperatures at night.

On the other hand, Coastal homes are located in the more moderate climate of the Cool Interior and Steppe regions, including most of Orange and San Diego counties. The average highs in the summer months are in the low to mid-80s, and the winters are mild with very little chance of freezing temperatures.

All windows should have a strong warranty and adhere to fundamental structural and thermal performance standards. Homes built along the shore are particularly vulnerable to exposure to weather and storms and must be built to very strict requirements.

Energy conservation is the main selling point for replacing windows among most homeowners.

Increased energy efficiency rating is crucial to 81% of builders and remodelers, based on a Dodge Data & Analytics survey.

6 Factors to Consider When Choosing Windows in Southern California

  1. Functionality. Do you need windows that open, or are they purely decorative? Are you looking for windows that are easy to clean?
  2. Aesthetics. What style of window do you want? What color do you want the frames to be?
  3. Energy efficiency. How important is it to you that your windows help keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter?
  4. Maintenance. How easy are the windows to clean, and how often will you need to do so?
  5. Exposure. Do you want a view, or do you want privacy? The large coastal windows and doors allow you to take advantage of breathtaking panoramic vistas. Some people love to have a view, whereas other people need privacy. If you want a view, you may consider floor-to-ceiling windows. 
  6. Natural light. How much natural light do you want to let in? The large windows will let in a lot of light, which can be great for living rooms and kitchens, but too much light can be a problem in bedrooms and bathrooms.

RELATED: 15 Questions to Ask Before Buying Replacement Windows

Choose The Right Windows for Your California Home

You can make your home more open and welcoming with the right windows. This is because the right window can increase ventilation and let in plenty of light while protecting you from the elements.

If you’re unsure which windows are right for your home, you should consult one of our Window & Door Specialists. A window specialist can help you choose the right style, material, and glass for your specific needs. They will also be able to advise you on the best way to install your new windows so that they look great and function properly.

So, whether you are building or renovating your home, be sure to remember tips from our guide for a more comfortable living space.

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