Three Types of Replacement Home Windows
Important To Arkansas
Choosing replacement windows can be daunting with so many styles and material options. How do you even know where to begin? Well, for starters, vinyl is becoming one of the most popular materials on the market. It is versatile, durable, and holds up in any climate. But still, people have questions about vinyl—specifically, is it energy efficient? So if you have been considering vinyl windows, hopefully, this information will clear things up for you.
What are Vinyl Windows?
These are not the same vinyl windows from the 70’s. Today, construction grade polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is made from a unique combination of plasticizers, fillers, and other components. These unique “recipes” are what makes vinyl windows stable and long-lasting. They also are the reason why modern vinyl windows are more energy efficient than ever before.
Why is Vinyl More Energy Efficient?
Windows are one of the weakest points in the exterior envelope of your home. This makes them a thermal hole and about 30 percent of energy expenses are lost through your old, worn out windows. Vinyl, as a construction grade plastic, is a natural insulator. The molecules slow down heat transfer. These windows will reduce energy expenses and better protect your home against the outside elements.
Pair Vinyl Windows with Insulated Glass
It’s no secret that the right window and door system can help reduce your energy bills. But with so many different options and combinations available for frames, glazing, and seals, it can get a little confusing. Thankfully, there is an easy way to make sense of it all – and it all comes down to climate zones…
The Zones In Buckner
According to the Window Energy Rating Scheme’s (WERS) website, Arkansas has three major climate zones much like Australlia. A heating climate is an alpine or cooler area such as Tasmania or southern areas of Victoria, where energy is used most for heating. Hot and tropical areas like many parts of Queensland are cooling climates, where the primary use of energy is to keep the home cool. A mixed climate is an environment where energy is used for both heating and cooling equally, throughout the year.
If you live in a heating climate, window and door systems should work to keep you warm by keeping the heat in. For this climate, WERs recommends products that maximize the solar heat gained during the day (achieve high SHGC ratings). Insulated Glass Units (IGUs) with clear glazing are a good option. However, thermally broken frames such as the ones found on Bradnam’s Signature Thermal Break range, are optimum for reducing energy consumption in a colder climate.
If you enjoy hot and tropical climates where you live, window and door systems perform best when they are designed to keep the heat out. Windows that limit solar heat gain (achieve low SHGC ratings) are suitable, and when combined with good insulation they work hard to keep the heat out of your home. Double glazed windows and doors with a Low-E glass on the outer pane are an option you can’t go past in these climates.
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Another way of increasing the chances of finding the right window replacement company is by researching offline. What that means is looking past the use of internet and actually doing some research. There's a variety of home decorating magazines out there. These magazines usually come with a bunch of flyers and brochures. Whichever you come across, it's definitely a good idea not to throw them away. Instead, you should keep them because they might prove useful in the future. Many companies include discounts or special offers if you present them with their flyers. Keep that in mind.
Some people neglect the fact that most of these window replacement companies have their own showrooms and offer free consultations.
Showrooms effectively showcase the company's products. Visiting one also gives you an opportunity to meet whoever’s in charge. You can see how well the company treats its customers. Another interesting thing about showrooms is the sole existence of them. If a company can’t afford to build a showroom, it will probably provide low-quality service.
Regarding free consultations, the only necessary prerequisite for you will be to know what you want before you attend one. That means that you’ve already decided on what type of windows you’re interested in, the material, etc. That is probably the best method of finding a decent company ‘’offline’’. Just make sure that you ask a lot of questions. Also, constantly monitor how well they’re received and answered.
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