Sadly, most homeowners don’t know that replacing your older windows with newer, energy efficient ones is a great way to save on energy costs in the long term. High-quality windows may last 20 years or even longer in some cases, so if your windows are nearing that age they may be costing you money, and you might want to replace them.
Signs That Your Windows Need Replacing
If any windows are damaged or warped, you feel a draft near the window, there are significant amounts of dust on the window sill or you just want to cut back on your energy usage and spending and improve the look and feel of your home.
Types of Windows
Certain window selection will be determined by the size of your old windows, but for the most part, the style and type of window you select are dependent on what features you are looking for. From replacement vinyl windows to triple pane to double pane, you have a range of options to choose from.
The type of window can be determined for you by your geographic location. HGTV has a guide to help you pick the best window type for your area.
The Right Glazing, Tints, Films & Coatings
The best way to ensure the energy efficiency is selecting windows with the right glaze, tint, reflecting film, or coating.
Double pane windows have a smaller gap between the glass layers to create a heat barrier. These gaps between layers of glazing can be filled with a specific gas to reduce the flow of heat further.
Other features that can help with efficiency:
- Reflective films – Reflective films can block large amounts of radiant energy that hits a window, which keeps your home cooler. On the flip side, they might block more natural light. This is why bronze and gray-tinted films are typically suggested, as they don’t reduce as much visible light as others.
- Low-E coatings – Low-Emittance coatings are the most versatile options. Metallic oxide particles work to suppress heat flow coming from the windows. You can use the coating to trap heat in, or in warmer environments, keep it out.
TIME TO REPLACE YOUR WINDOWS?
Little Buckaroo Construction is an experienced window installation contractor in Idaho that will let you know when your windows are ready to be replaced. We will also advise you on what type of window, coatings, glazes, etc. are right for your home.
Call Little Buckaroo Construction today and have our team inspect the windows that you’re concerned about. Our caring, friendly professionals will provide you with a free estimate.
Call us at 1 (208) 869-3926 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are waiting to help you!