Whether your old windows are worn out or you’re simply looking for an upgrade, there are a lot of options when it comes to replacing windows.
From cut-rate models to custom versions with a long list of features, the decision is not as easy it seems.
There are some important considerations for window buying and replacement. Here’s what you need to know about the process:
Ventilation and Insulation
In addition to wide variety of styles and materials available, windows also vary in the number of panes, hinging mechanism and how they operate. Different types of windows have varying insulation and ventilation abilities.
There’s the casement style which is easy to operate and works like a door. It provides an unobstructed view and is good for ventilation.
Double-hung window frames are another popular choice. They’re good at ventilating spaces but also impressive when it comes to insulation, making them popular in cold regions.
Awning style, hopper-style, and fixed windows are some other choices available. Getting an expert’s opinion is ideal.
Style and Design
Go for the one that accentuates your house’s style. If you’re replacing old windows, your options may be limited. For new houses, you can pick from an endless range of window materials and designs.
Types of Glass
Energy efficiency, strength, and durability are some factors that distinguish different types of glass commonly used for windows.
The most common type is the double or triple pane glass. The spacer material or air between the multiple panes helps with insulation. Insulated glass units are a great way to conserve energy.
Coated or Tinted Glass
You can also go for tinted glass that limits glare and thus, the amount of sunlight within your home, keeping it cooler. Some other options are Low-E coated glass and the annealed glass which prevents heat from entering and saves a lot in energy bills.
Low-E (short for Low Emissivity) glass consists of a metal coating to insulate the window. Annealed glass, on the other hand, is an affordable option that gives durable and heat resistant windows.
Energy Efficiency: How Do I Decide?
All other considerations aside, energy efficiency is quickly becoming the decisive factor when it comes to buying window glass.
The U-factor is an indicator of insulation properties of a window glass. Lower the value of U-factor, better the insulation. To help you decide if the window you’re investing in is energy efficient, a U-factor of less than or equal to 0.35 is recommended.
DTS Glass is a window glass replacement company based in Georgia offering insulated glass units accompanied with professional installation services.
Heat transfer through windows is responsible for up to 30% of the energy used in residential heating and cooling. It’s important to make the smart and energy efficient choice so reach out today to discuss how we can help you out!