See the Difference a Window Replacement Project Makes. It is very likely that you install new windows in your home once in your life. Therefore, a window replacement is a big deal. Actually, homeowners usually do not have a lot of window replacement experience.
So, who can help you to choose the right windows for you? We will do it.
Below you’ll get what you need to know for your next window replacement project.
Window Replacement 101: The Anatomy of a Quality Window
The ENERGY STAR program indicates some details about window materials’ quality you should check:
Frame quality – Check what material is the window frame made from. Your windows’ performance and durability depend heavily on it. It may be durable fiberglass, insulating vinyl, recycled aluminum, or composite material.
Multiple, or coated, window panes – According to ENERGY STAR, multiple panes are “two panes of glass, with an air- or gas-filled space in the middle,” Multiple-pane windows are solid insulators against energy loss, impact, and noise pollution. Likewise, a coated windowpane can reduce energy losses lowering your energy bills.
Energy-saving fills and spacers – About fills, ENERGY STAR affirms the following: “Some energy-efficient windows have argon, krypton or other gases between the panes,”. “These odorless, colorless, non-toxic gases insulate better than regular air.” On the other hand, spacers keep the multiple window panes separated.
Window Frame – Manufacturers made window frames from different types of materials:
- Aluminum: Lightweight and durable, it is easy to make custom shapes with it.
- Wood: It is a good insulator with great aesthetics.
- Vinyl: Requires low maintenance. Plus, it is a good insulator and is durable. It is the most affordable window option.
- Composite: made form reused sawdust. It can be painted and/or made to look like wood.
- Hybrid: Combine different products.
Windowpane – Multiple panes, combined with glazes and coatings, keep your home inside comfortable, regardless of the weather outside.
Depending on the number of panes, you’ll find four types of treated windowpanes: Single, double, triple, or quad glazed. Glazing and coatings are applied to keep heat out during summer and in during winter. Generally, more glazing means more energy efficiency.
Window Fills and Spacers – Fills and spacers offer additional insulation to windows. Inert gases inserted between the panes prevent the temperature outside affecting the temperature inside your home. Likewise, spacers insulate against pane expansion and contraction while creating a moisture barrier.
Window Replacement 201: Energy Efficiency
The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) and the ENERGY STAR program establish ratings for window energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR products are ENERGY STAR and NFRC rated. Hence, you can cross-compare products based on these five performance categories:
- U-Factor: Window insulation (lower numbers are better)
- Solar Heat Gain Coefficient: Blocking the heat of the sun (lower numbers are better)
- Air Leakage: Air escaping through window spaces (lower numbers are better)
- Visible Transmittance: Visible natural light passing through the window
- Condensation Resistance: How much water sticks to the pane (higher numbers are better)
Window Replacement 301: Maintenance obligations
Traditional wooden window frames get rotten over time, besides insects cause damage on them. They need constant maintenance to look their best. Usually, homeowners have neither the money nor the time to do that.
However, replacing windows in 2021 is an excellent idea. Quality frames eliminate hassles and new materials like vinyl are almost maintenance-free. Besides, double-hung windows can be cleaned inside and outside from inside your home.
In this sense, Michael Dier, corporate trainer for Watkins Construction & Roofing, explains:
“To wash the windows, all you need is warm water and a cloth. The exterior is wrapped in vinyl-coated aluminum, making it maintenance-free as well.”
Window Replacement 401: Warranties
Watkins Construction & Roofing offers a no-nonsense, lifetime window warranty that covers workmanship, materials, and your windowpanes. We will make it right if you ever have a problem with your Watkins Construction & Roofing.
Contact Watkins Construction & Roofing about your window replacement project today. Simply visit us online to learn more about our amazing Quantum2 Heat Mirror Windows. Also, you can call at 601-966-8233 today.