Posted on August 26, 2017
Replacement Windows - Are They More Affordable Than You Think?
Winter is coming and with it comes the bitter cold weather. Nothing is more uncomfortable than trying to heat a drafty home. You might as well be throwing your money out into the cold. One of the easiest ways to prepare your home for those cold winter nights is by replacing your windows.
Windows are one of the prime areas for loss of heat. The seals around the windows might be broken or cracked, causing heat loss. The windowpane may be thin or cracked, causing heat loss. Just by replacing your old windows for new, efficient windows, you can save hundreds of dollars in heating costs.
The first step in replacing your windows is comparing replacement window prices. You may think that the cost of replacing every window in your home is more than you can afford. The truth is that replacement window prices vary and you can easily find quality windows at an affordable price. The type of window you choose depends on the style you want in your home.
You can choose windows that are similar to your current windows or make an upgrade.Once your new windows are installed, you will begin to feel the difference. Your home will be more energy efficient, as well, a fact that will show up in your utility bills. A home with quality windows will stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
Do not wait until the snow or the sweltering heat is upon you - replace your windows in the spring or fall so that you will be prepared for the summer and winter. The cost of replacing your windows is an investment and over time, your windows will pay for themselves in energy savings. An added benefit of new windows is that you will increase the value and the beauty of your home.
Triple Pane Windows - Insulate Your Home With High Quality Windows
If a double pane window is better than a single pane window, should I use triple pane windows?
This is getting to be an appropriate question, "Should a window retrofit use triple pane windows?" The vinyl window manufactures are getting so good at making energy-efficient windows, it doesn't take much for them to throw in another pane of glass or two. Wonder if we will be considering quad pane windows one of these days?
If you were really interested in saving energy and wanted the best wall construction possible, you wouldn't put a window in the wall to begin with. A wall without a window has a greater R-value and fewer air leaks. We know how to build a wall that will separate the outdoors from the indoors - what we don't know how to do is build a wall that will keep the outdoors out and the indoors in and still let light through. Come to think about it, our need to let light in is at the root of the problem.
Actually, letting light in is just one of the needed benefits of having a wall with a window. Being able to see through the wall is another benefit and being able to get out of a room during a fire is another. Energy wise, a door is not much better than a window, so I guess windows are here to stay.
The Space Between the Glass:
A window with more than one piece of glass is a real blessing for saving energy and helping with indoor comfort. There is more to a vinyl window than just several panes of glass. Two panes of glass also come with an insulated frame, mounting flange, and better air seals. But the most important part is not the glass, but the space between the glass. Considering window performance, it's the space between the glass that makes the difference.
The Future of Windows:
In the near future, the efficiency ratings of windows will continue to drop. The only way a window manufacturer will be able to reach the energy efficiency ratings of the future is with three or four panes of glass. If you are seriously considering a retrofit window project, you should select the best window for your climate and that means the window will have three panes of glass.
Yes, three pane windows are more expensive than two pane windows. Shop around for the best U-factor and the best SHGC for the best price. If finances are the deciding factor, it will be better to install two triple pane windows than three double pane windows. Stick with the triple pane window and you will have greater energy efficiency for the future which will save you money for years to come.
P.S. Buy your windows and window installation from a local glass company or a licensed general contractor. Please don't buy our windows from a super salesman at a home show that has all the financing you need and a worthless lifetime warranty to go with it.
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