WindowsYour old windows are costing you money. The money that you spend on heating and cooling your home is literally going out the window. Quality windows that are properly installed can pay for themselves with the amount of savings you can achieve by replacing them. Give us a call for a free estimate and consultation.
Benefits of Installing Replacement Windows
• Save a significant amount of money on heating and cooling your home. Consumer Reports estimates 10-20 % annual savings.
• Easier to clean and maintain. The windows tip in, so you won’t risk injury working off of a ladder.
• New windows can add to the curb appeal of your home.
• Customers have told us that their new windows make their home much quieter. The double pane insulated glass filters out more noise than old, single pane windows.
• You can earn a Federal Tax Credit for installing Energy Star rated replacement windows in your home.
Not all windows are created equal and not all window contractors are equal either. There is a drastic difference in the levels of quality of windows as well as the quality of installation. Avoid being taken advantage of. Call Heinrichs Roofing & Siding and let us thoroughly explain the product and its features and provide you with a professional installation.
How can you determine the quality of a window?
Efficiency– One of the most important attributes that determines the quality of a window is its energy efficiency. Following are some factors that determine the level of energy efficiency.
Insulated Glass– Quality windows have multi paned, insulated glass. The thickness between the glass is a factor in the windows level of energy efficiency. A half an inch between panes is good but ¾” is better. Some window manufacturers use dehydrated air between the panes. Higher quality windows use argon gas which is heavier than air therefore better insulating.
Weather Stripping-Weather stripping is installed between the various moving parts of your windows. For example on a double hung window, weather stripping is the fuzzy looking material between the window sash and the frame. It allows the sash to slide up and down while maintaining a tight fit. It is designed to prevent air from leaking between the sash and frame. Look for thick weatherstripping that is continuous around the window. If it is too thin or absent in spots it could result in cold or drafty windows.
UV Protection-Quality windows use a reflective coating on the glass called Low E coating. This protects fabrics inside your house, such as carpets and furniture, from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Energy efficiency is most commonly compared using two measurements; U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient. U-Factor measures the rate of heat loss through the window. The lower the U-Factor the more efficient the window is. U-Factors normally range between .2 and 1.3. While U-Factor measures the heat escaping out of a window, the solar heat gain coefficient measures the solar radiation that passes from outside to the inside of your home. It is measured on a scale of 0 to 1. The lower the number, the more efficient the window is. The federal government Energy Star rating system is largely based on these two measurements.
Ease of Use– You want to buy windows that operate smoothly and are easy to clean. Check to make sure the windows open and close easily and that the lock system is easy to operate. Both sashes of a double hung should have mechanisms that allow them to tip in for easy cleaning.
Warranty– Read and understand the warranty. If the company is willing to stand behind their product, it probably says something about its quality. Some manufacturers offer lifetime warranties. Find out if the warranty covers all parts of the window, such as the frame, components, and glass. Is the warranty transferable? How long does it include labor, in case something needs to be fixed?
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