Homeowners Guide to Window Replacement. Window replacement is a significant investment. If you come to think of it, you’ll realize that it’s quite rare that homeowners replace their windows more than once in their lifetime. So, there are high chances that you don’t have much experience in window replacement projects.
Well, don’t fret! As one of the leading window experts & construction companies in the region, we can help you make the most of your investment.
The Anatomy of high-Quality Windows
1. Window frame:
High-quality windows have multiple window panes that are coated with protective material. This means that they have two or more glass panes filled with air or gas in the middle. These windows are great for preventing energy loss and offer superior noise reduction and impact resistance.
Window frames come in a variety of materials including aluminum, vinyl, wood, combination, or composite materials.
- Aluminum: Aluminum is Lightweight, easy to customize, and highly durable.
- Wood: Wood is an excellent insulator and has classic aesthetics
- Vinyl: Vinyl is virtually maintenance-free, exceptionally durable, and a good insulator. It is one of the most affordable window options out there.
- Composite: Composite is made of recycled sawdust. It is eco-friendly and can be made to look exactly like wood.
- Hybrid: Hybrid material is a combination of the best of various products.
Glazed windows with multiple panes can help you maintain the right temperature in your home, regardless of the outside weather.
Treated windows are available in four types:
- Single glazed windows
- Double glazed windows
- Triple glazed windows
- Quad glazed windows
Coating and glazing are applied to keep your home comfortable in the summer and winter months. These coatings can also effectively block harmful UV rays, protecting your upholstery and furniture from damage. More number window panes and high-quality glazing usually means better energy efficiency.
Some of the popular coatings available for windows are low-emissivity (Low-E), reflective, and spectrally sensitive.
3. Window Fills and Spacers
Window spacers and fills provide an extra insulation layer to your windows. Fills are essentially inert gases that are filled in the middle of multi-pane windows. These gases prevent the inside temperature of your home from being affected by the temperature outside. Spacers are used to prevent temperature changes inside your home due to pane contraction and expansion.
ENERGY STAR windows can be compared by considering the following factors.
- U-Factor: This value measures the Window insulation (should be lower for more insulating ability).
- Solar Heat Gain Coefficient: Windows ability to Block sun’s heat.
- Air Leakage: Amount of Air that can escape through the windows.
- Visible Transmittance: Amount of light that can pass through the windows.
- Condensation Resistance: Amount of water that can stick to the window panes.
Looking For Energy Efficient and Long-Lasting Windows?
Get in touch with the experts at Watkins Construction to discuss your window replacement project today. To learn more, give us a call at 601-966-8233 to schedule a free consultation.