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Are there any disadvantages to decorating French windows at home? How to avoid it?


Large floor-to-ceiling windows with simple lines and transparent light and shadow are the current mainstream aesthetics and fashion trends. While giving the building facade a modern aesthetic, it can also enhance the appearance and style of the home decoration layout.

However, due to the unevenness of the home improvement door and window market, there are still many pitfalls for consumers who want to install good-looking and easy-to-use floor-to-ceiling windows.

In this issue, Baydee will talk about the disadvantages of decorating French windows at home, and how to avoid them.

01 If the quality of floor-to-ceiling window glass is too poor, the glass will be ugly and the lifespan will be short

Floor-to-ceiling window glass accounts for about 80% of the total area of ​​doors and windows, and its quality is directly related to the overall safety and performance of doors and windows.

Because most of them use hollow tempered glass (Low-e insulating glass, laminated insulating glass, triple glass and two chambers are also useful), many, many, many merchants will report to you the glass that is compliant for deep processing and leaving the factory out of "cost saving" considerations. The price, but I will give you the insulating glass produced by the Sanwu small workshop (glass generally refers to tempered treatment, which will not be repeated below).

The insulating glass produced by the Sanwu small workshop is purely hand-crafted "gross estimation" and "hollow layer", the two pieces of glass are prone to stains and misalignment errors are large

After installing the window, the glass will look like a "distorting mirror"

And because there is no desiccant, no coating or inferior sealant, the sealing performance is poor

Inferior insulating glass without the first sealant and poor production

As a result, the insulating glass at home (1) has no safety guarantee for daily use; (2) the water vapor seal of the glass fails within two or three years, and loses the heat insulation function; (3) water mist, stagnant water, mold, and moss Affects the appearance, and the cost of maintenance and replacement is high.

Therefore, when purchasing floor-to-ceiling windows, we strongly advise merchants not to be fooled by this kind of glass. It is required that the source of insulating glass at home must be made by a reliable glass deep-processing factory, so that this kind of glass can guarantee effective use for 15-20 years.

02 The glass of the floor-to-ceiling windows is too large and will shake violently, which is not safe

According to the national standard, there are certain requirements for the thickness of insulating glass. As the area of ​​the glass increases, the thickness of the single insulating glass should also be increased accordingly, so that the glass can achieve a reasonable "compression resistance".

The maximum permissible area of ​​safety glass in the national standard

However, in the home improvement market, it is not uncommon for inexperienced or brainless merchants to use 5 + 5 insulating glass on floor-to-ceiling windows with an area of ​​more than 2 square meters, causing the glass to shake severely like a "plastic ruler".

Therefore, when there is a large piece of glass (≥ 2 ㎡) in the floor-to-ceiling windows at home, you should secretly consider the merchant before purchasing: "How should I choose the thickness of this large piece of glass?"

03 Floor-to-ceiling window partition design is unreasonable, unsafe and unsightly

1. Safety

Similarly, in order to ensure the "compression resistance" of the entire floor-to-ceiling window and the safety of use, its separation method will also have some attention:

That is, in order to connect the strength and the "pressure resistance" of the floor-to-ceiling windows, the vertical center stile cannot be disconnected, and it is better to use the reinforced center stilt if the height exceeds 1.8 m; Tube.

2. Taking into account the beauty:

Under the premise of the separation requirements of the first three, try to reduce the area of ​​window frames and sash materials, and separate the glass as little as possible, so that the floor-to-ceiling windows look more complete and the glass area is larger, so that the home is more transparent.

04 Floor-to-ceiling windows are too large in design, requiring high hoisting costs and high maintenance and replacement costs

Of course, pursuing the ultimate appearance of larger glass will fall into the disadvantages of cost and cumbersomeness.

Super-large glass needs to be hoisted, and the hoisting cost of three to five thousand may make "the already poor family worse."
In order to reconcile the contradiction between the two, add a prerequisite: the maximum glass area must not exceed the height of the elevator door and the diagonal width.

Tempered glass also has a 3‰ chance of self-explosion, and the cost of labor + glass is very high to replace large glass.

There are three ways to avoid this disadvantage, (1) find the boss who will cover the self-explosion maintenance fee (agreed in the contract); (2) choose hollow tempered glass made of original ultra-clear glass (the self-explosion probability is lower than 1 ‰, but the cost will be lower (3) Select semi-tempered insulating glass and its products with less chance of self-explosion.

05 The heat insulation effect of glass is too poor, and it is too sunny in summer

Although insulating glass already has relatively good heat insulation performance, it still cannot withstand the severe beating of the sun. If the floor-to-ceiling windows of the bedroom at home happen to face south or west, it will definitely be much hotter in summer than non-floor-to-ceiling windows. There are two ways to prevent

1. Thermal insulation performance of doors and windows

You can choose doors and windows with better thermal insulation performance by looking at the thermal insulation performance level on the door and window product inspection report, the width and shape of the thermal insulation strip on the corner of the product sample, and the configuration of the optional glass.

2. Door and window shade

The vast majority of consumers have only been exposed to indoor sunshades, such as blackout curtains and blinds. They are very limited, because they can only block the direct rays of the sun, and most of the heat has actually entered the room through radiation.

Indoor shading is not as good as searching for "curtains for inward opening windows" on Taobao, which looks beautiful and saves money

06 The window type is a floor-to-ceiling window that opens inward and tilts inward, and the curtains are not easy to install and store

If the floor-to-ceiling windows at home should be considered to install curtains, and the window type opens inwards and inverts, it is easy to encounter the problem of curtains and window openings fighting.

In another case, if the entire wall is covered with floor-to-ceiling windows, and the inward-opening and inverting windows occupy the left and right sides, the storage of curtains will be affected when the windows are opened.

We can choose one of the following three solutions according to the width of the floor-to-ceiling windows: (1) Open only one window, and close the curtains to the other side; (2) Move the window opening position to the middle; Make a section of fixed glass to facilitate curtain storage.

Open the fan in the middle

07 Floor-to-ceiling windows will cause too few windows and poor ventilation

The last drawback that Baydee can think of is that the beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows have fewer windows and less natural ventilation.

There are several interpretations of Baydee regarding the coordination of ventilation and opening fans:

With fresh air at home, it doesn’t matter how big or small the window is, a full screen or just a small opening is enough

Supporting ventilation fan

Floor-to-ceiling windows are small, just open one window, and there are conventional and unconventional opening methods

If you care more about the comfort of natural wind blowing into the room, you can properly widen the width of the opening fan. The width of the opening fan is determined by the processing capacity of the door and window processing factory and the supporting sliding brace. Generally, the more suitable width is between 600 mm and 750 mm. The larger the width, the greater the air intake.

The opening position also affects the air intake experience. When choosing the position of the opening fan, we can follow the principle of "put your feet and not your head, and the handle should be smooth".

The floor-to-ceiling windows have a large area, and you can also try the effect of full-length opening + glass guardrail, which has both ventilation and appearance

Another disadvantage of floor-to-ceiling windows with few openings is that it is very difficult to do sanitation, and it is very difficult to keep the windows clean. In addition to cleaning the exterior walls on time by the property organization, it is best to buy a window cleaner for your home.