If your house still uses single-paned windows with poorly performing frames, installing new ones could help to increase the property’s energy-efficiency. Also, since modern window installations don’t require the aid of storm panels, the upgrade will boost your house’s appearance. Use the guide below to figure out which model would best meet the needs of your home.
There are several window frame materials available for homeowners to choose from. Vinyl is one of the more popular options because it is budget-friendly and tends to have a high R-value, which will help to reduce energy costs year-round. Vinyl window installations are also low maintenance and come in a variety of colors and styles.
Another popular material is wood. In addition to being a classic frame option, it also offers plenty of insulation when properly maintained. However, be wary if you live in a humid or rainy region, as this material is susceptible to expanding, cracking, or rotting. For the best of both wood and vinyl, choose wood-clad frames. They combine a low-maintenance exterior with a heat-transfer-resistant interior.
When selecting the right glass for your window installations, there is a careful balance you must maintain between efficiency and cost. Double-pane windows are the right thickness and insulation for most properties. Going thicker tends to result in expensive installations that the homeowner most likely won’t recoup through energy savings. However, if you live in an area with harsh winters, the increased efficiency will pay off.
The addition of a low-E coating will increase the reflective properties of the glass to only allow a certain amount of solar heat inside. The coating combined with an argon gas filling adds extra insulation and minimizes heat transfer, eliminating air drafts. Before making any final decisions, check that the U-value and solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) ratings meet the Energy Star® standards.
When you’re ready to install energy-efficient windows, contact the professionals at Premo & Son’s Home Improvement in New London County, CT. They help homeowners make the best possible investments when remodeling or building a home. Their licensed and insured contractors work efficiently and provide affordable pricing. Call them today at (860) 770-2331 to discuss your home renovation project or property maintenance requirements. Visit their website to learn more about their window installation services.