When you look at doing improvements to your home, there are a number of areas you are typically trying to address. Improvements for aesthetics, maintenance, and increasing resell value are all important and viable reasons for improving your home. However, one of the smartest home improvements is one that serves as an investment in your home. Replacement windows are that kind of a home improvement. There are a lot of really smart reasons to consider replacement windows for your home:
- They add beauty
- They require little to no maintenance
- They are easy to clean
- They are easy to operate
- They add resell value
But perhaps the best reason to consider replacement windows is for their energy efficiency. High-quality replacement windows seal drafts, have better insulation, have multiple panes of low-E glass, and are usually gas filled, all of which make them more energy efficient than old wooden or aluminum windows.
When looking at replacement windows, you want to make sure you select windows that offer maximum energy efficiency. Doing so will pay you monthly dividends with the money you save on your utility bills. Replacement windows also create a tighter seal in your home meaning they eliminate drafts, provide a better sound barrier, and maintain a more consistent temperature inside your home. Below are some replacement window features to consider to ensure that you maximize the energy efficiency and the overall performance of your new replacement windows.
Window Feature Terms
- Double Pane: A window with two panes of glass, usually containing a spacer between the panes.
- Triple Pane: A window with three panes of glass, usually containing a spacer between the panes.
- Low E: Low E glass, or insulated glass uses a series of thin films to reduce the UV light and radiant energy that passes through the window.
- Gas Filled: Multiple paned windows are often filled with gas between the panes. Argon and krypton are the two most common gases used. Gas between the panes acts as an insulation making the windows more energy efficient.
- Vinyl: Window frames that are made from vinyl which provides low maintenance requirements durability and thermal efficiency.
- Vinyl Clad: Window frame usually consisting of a wooden frame that is wrapped in vinyl on the outside to provide superior maintenance freedom, strength, and thermal efficiency.
- Composite: Window frames usually consisting of wood fiber mixed with another substance such as fiberglass or vinyl.
Remember, the more you know, the better decision you can make. To learn more about replacement windows and how they can improve your home, contact Your Remodeling Guys today!