When your windows no longer enhance the look of your home or fail to protect you from outside elements, the time may be right to replace them. Today’s New window technologies will not only complement your home’s architecture, but reduce your energy bills, and promote peace and quiet.
Would your home benefit from replacement windows?
Here are some basics about windows:
Windows are available in either operable (can open) or fixed (cannot be opened) models. There is at least one sash (a sheet of glass and a framework of vertical stiles and horizontal rails) in a window. A pane is a single sheet of glass framed in a window. Glazing can refer to either the glass in a window or the process of securing the glass into the framework.
Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- When choosing new replacement windows, consider your budget, your home's style and how you want the windows to perform. Think about the importance of ventilation, privacy, security and ease of maintenance. Decide whether you want to emphasize the windows as decorative focal points or have them serve a purely practical purpose.
- Windows conduct both heat and cold. The U-Value or U-Factor of the window indicates the rate at which heat flows through the window and frame and measures overall energy efficiency. A lower U-value means the window will insulate better.
- Some windows feature two layers of glass (double-pane), or three layers (triple-pane). Air (or argon gas, which has better insulating properties) is sealed between the panes as an insulator. If the unit is properly constructed, condensation should not occur between the panes, but a drying agent, called a desiccant, may be used between the panes as added protection from condensation.
- The Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) is a specification that indicates how much solar energy passes through the window. A higher number means the window allows a higher percentage of solar heat to pass through. In the North, you may want to look for windows with higher ratings to allow the sun to aid in warming your home.
- There are various types of window frame materials: vinyl, fiberglass, wood and aluminum/clad. Each has their own pros and cons and specific look. Be sure to speak with a professional to decide which is best for your home.
There is a lot to consider when purchasing new windows for you home. Make a list of the features you need, and let the window professionals at GNH help you make the right choices for your lifestyle and your budget.
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