We have floor-to-ceiling windows across the front of our house which faces 65 degrees NE, and they continue round the corner to face 180 degrees south. The morning sun is intense, both in terms of light and heat. The windows are dated and unsafe, so we want to replace them. What would be the best, most cost effective option to minimise heat and extreme morning sun?
The remaining windows in this part of the house are South facing so we don't really want to block out the light too much. We have a very small awning out the front and suspect that installing external shading may not be an option, and we worry that this would reduce sunlight too much.
We have been told double glazing might be overkill, and just to put a low e coating on the glass, but I worry about maintaining the E coating against scratches etc as we have young children. All my research also says double glazing with E coating on the inside is best, although with the amount of windows this might be out of budget.
We have also considered installing a part wall from the floor to create a windowsill, so we no longer have floor to ceiling. Would this be cheaper than double glazing floor to ceiling windows?? We have no idea!
Thanks in advance for your ideas and thoughts.
Photo with children in it shows our windows. Inspiration for closing the space in a bit more (having a window sill instead of floor-to-ceiling) also attached.