Unfortunately, windows do not last forever. Although most window construction projects will usually outlive the initial owners of the structure before the asset is sold to another party, there are always incidents of failure or accidents that occur. There are millions of different features you can choose from and a million different distributors to buy from. With all of the choices and price points of different window sets, it is important to have some knowledge of the best types for your building.
Given your external climate and personal application, your ideal window may be completely different from some else across the country. Therefore, it is always important to contact a local window replacement installer and product distributor. They will know the best type of glass you need for your application and price range, while also being able to quote an installation price.
Below are a few glass types and their related functionality for your viewing pleasure. Use this information to help you make an informed decision on your window replacement strategy.
Best of the Best
Simonton “Reflections” Model – This window model comes with standard low E glass and Argon gas, making the window extremely energy-efficient. There are also advanced glass options that will increase the sound dampening and security, as well as improve the energy-efficiency further. More than any other attribute, this window model contains neutrally-appealing characteristics that maximize the aesthetically-pleasing nature of the design. This window contains a universal look with industry topping glass efficiency.
Window Glazing – If you are looking for the best energy-efficient glass on the market you’ll want to investigate window glazing. Most prominent in tropical climates and southeastern U.S. states, window glazing enhances the barrier to heat flow, making heat conversion difficult from outside to inside the structure. The sun’s rays are unable to penetrate the glass efficiently due to the Argon and Krypton gas-filled chambers between glass panes. Typically, triple pane windows are considered the most energy efficient windows on the market, given that your external environment calls for it.
Finding the Right R-Values – Replacing your windows is a great opportunity for you to build for the future and consider long-term operational costs. Saving money long-term takes the proper application and investment, particularly in areas of potential heat loss or overload. Doors and windows are two of the most susceptible areas and must be invested in properly. Therefore, when replacing your windows, look at the R-values and compare your levels to your neighbors or call a local window replacement company. It is important to find the right glass for you environment but understand that heat loss or heat build-up within a structure is not solely dependent on window glass. Recessed lighting fixtures, attic hatches, fireplaces, and window sealant are all areas of heat loss or gain and should be addressed before investing hard in expensive window glass. As a rule of thumb, R-values of 4 or 5 should be good for most homes or commercial buildings throughout the United States.
Highly-Reflective Windows – Some people like natural light, while others prefer recessed interior lighting. If you are the latter then you may be interested in reflective glass or tinted glass. The transparency is extremely compromised in this case, but the window efficiency is greatly increased. Mirror-like windows are reflective, and sun rays bounce off the window throughout the course of the day, keeping the external and internal environments separated. Low-E coatings are more versatile than tints or reflective films and are invisible. Your type of reflective glass is usually personal preference and involves your structures design and color scheme.
Whether you are installing windows for the first time or replacing them for more advanced products, always consult with similar building owners throughout your local community. Better yet, look for experts in window replacement like the ones at housetoproofing.com. They will be able to tell you the standard, and you can choose to stick with the norm or exceed social specifications.
The author, Matthew Hall, is a home repair and improvement enthusiast who is always striving to keep his home in perfect working order. If you wish to learn more about Matthew you can visit on Google+.