Window replacement is one of the best home remodeling projects in terms of investment return. If your home is older than 15 years, it’s probably a good time to check and ensure that your windows are still operating correctly. For instance, do you have trouble opening or closing your windows? Do you consistently find moisture on your windows’ interior? Do you feel a draft when your windows are closed? That could be a sign that seals have failed. Just like your washing machine, refrigerator, or roof shingles; over time your windows and doors need to be replaced. Additional benefits of high performance windows include better air quality in homes, reduce condensation, and filter ultraviolet rays.
Reduced Energy Costs
Energy efficiency is a crucial component of sustainable design. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, inefficient windows, skylights, and doors account for up to 25% of the average household’s energy bills. Some sources estimate up to 40%. Upgrading to high performance windows reduces your heating and/or cooling costs; saving you money on your electric bills. Additionally, there is less stress on your mechanical equipment to heat and/or cool your living spaces, saving you even more money on repairs and maintenance.
High performance windows, sliding glass doors, and skylights are all designed to keep homes warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. This advanced technology blocks up to 70% or more of the solar heat gain in the summer, and reflects radiant heat indoors during the winter. High performance glass do all of that without compromising your view or natural light.
Conventional windows allow higher noise transmission. With high performance windows, you can enjoy more peace and quiet in your home without the interruption of bothersome street noise.
Lastly, protect your furniture, flooring, and window treatments from sun damage. Clear, single-pane glass reflects about 25% of the sun’s UV radiation, while insulating glass reflects up to 40%. Low-E coatings provide additional protection, reducing fading of your indoor furnishings up to 75%.
Some features to look for in high performance fenestration include:
- spectrally-selective Low-E glass
- thermally broken framing
- precision hardware
- superior finishing
- resilient weatherstripping
Call us today to find more about how you can upgrade to high performance windows and doors.