Understanding these factors will help you make an educated decision about buying replacement windows, and Dependable Construction is ready to help.
Buying replacement windows isn’t always easy. With so many companies competing for your business and so many different types of windows. Most homeowners often end up paying too much for the wrong windows. Buying new replacement windows can add a lot of value to a home and are often one of its most attractive features from the road. Beyond that they also provide convenient ventilation, easy cleaning features and superior natural light. In older homes with inefficient windows, it’s easy to spend 30 percent more for heating and cooling than you would if the windows were replaced.
According to recent home remodeling surveys, homeowners can expect to recoup approximately 70 percent of the cost of the windows in resale value when the windows are replaced on an older home. But still some homeowners have no idea what kind of windows they need to purchase. There are several elements that go into a decision about replacement windows, that can help. Dependable Construction has an excellent reputation when it comes to helping customers with their replacement window installation project.
What are some of the factors to consider when buying replacement windows?
- IG Units are the number of panes of insulated glass that are chemically bonded with a sealant to internal spacer bars. It is important to ask about the IG units to assess the quality and performance standards of the window.
- Low-E means the window uses “low emittance” coatings, which minimize thermal radiation by applying a thin coating or metallic oxide layers to suppress the heat flow through the unit. By blocking much of the heat transfer, these windows are more energy efficient. Different types of Low-E coatings have been designed to allow for high solar gain, moderate solar gain, or low solar gain.
- Low Conductive Gas Filled – Argon or Krypton – In a sealed glass insulated window unit, air currents carry heat to the top of the unit and settle into cold pools at the bottom. Using a less conductive gas in this space reduces the transfer of heat between the inside and outside glass.
- Other factors to consider include the U-Factor, or heat loss rating, the SHGC rating or amount of heat admitted through the window, and the VT, or visible light transmission.
Understanding all of these factors will help you make an educated decision about buying the correct replacement windows for your home or office, and Dependable Construction is always here to help you.