Are Vinyl Windows an Energy-Efficient Choice?
Important To Arkansas
To give your home more curb appeal, it pays to choose your windows carefully. Next, to the style of a house (colonial, Cape Cod, ranch, modern), windows are the biggest factor in determining how your home looks to the outside world.
Most older homes dating back to the days when glass only was available in small panes. So it makes sense when updating older homes to maintain a traditional look through the use of grids and trim.
Generally, windows in the front of a house should complement the style of the home. For many people, and many home styles, that means a traditional, symmetrical design. This is particularly important in neighborhoods where existing homes set in a general style or style is mandated by code. On other sides of the home, you have more freedom.
Assembled in configurations, windows and patio doors can create a wonderful sense of openness that brings the outdoors in and can actually make a room seem larger than it is. Picture windows can be combined with arch "half round" windows to add grandeur to a room.
Flank a picture window with operating windows like casement or single hung to provide view and ventilation. Or place awning windows underneath.
Sliding glass doors (standard or French-style) are a great way to bring in the view without the swing space required by an ordinary door or French patio door.
Stained Glass Home Windows a Heavenly Choice
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 Fox
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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Reading the Labels on Vinyl Windows
Now that you've decided to invest in a window replacement, the next step would be to find a good contractor. The last thing you want is someone underqualified and disreputable being in charge of the installment. Before you hire a company, you need to test how credible and trustworthy it is. There are multiple ways you can do that. You can research it online, visit their showrooms, read customer reviews, etc. There will be a dedicated overview of these ways in another section of the text.
As a client, you have the right to have your products under guarantee/warranty. Discuss the potential occurrences of problems with your contractor. Try to obtain information on how the company deals with such situations. That will be a good indicator of how flexible the company’s skills are. Not everything has to be done by the book. Sometimes a little improvisation can't hurt and it can be very important to ask whether the warranty comes upon purchase of each product (if there is one).
Experience and Certifications
Researching how many years a certain company has spent working on their trade is always a step in the right direction. Pay attention to who their previous clients were. Furthermore, knowing what jobs they have done in the past will be of great importance. A company which underlines its work with necessary paperwork leaves the impression of professionality. That is true in most cases. You can always ask to see the official certification of their services and products. That applies to any additional documentation as well. As a client, you have that right, and you should definitely make the best of it.
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