Like getting a roof estimate, choosing the best window for your place may not seem like a difficult task. The truth is, choosing a new window means more than just looking at their style or aesthetics. These days, it pays for homeowners to consider energy efficiency as well.
What Are Energy-Efficient Windows?
Being designed to moderate the temperatures inside your home, energy-efficient windows help minimize the use of artificial heating and cooling in a property. With them, you are also able to get enough sunlight to brighten up your home instantly.
Windows are made up of various hardware components with different functions all acting together to provide a certain level of performance. These offer substantial protection from heat gain and loss and are designed to reduce the energy consumed by the whole property.
But What Makes a Window Energy-Efficient?
While still allowing light to come inside, Low-E glass uses a transparent coat to minimize the amount of heat passing through the glass. This near-invisible coating reduces the U-value of the glass which measures how well a window prevents non-solar heat loss or gain.
Double glazing is considered the vehicle for all high-performance windows, in climates hot, cold and mixed. Once combined with Low-E glass, this provides the best thermal performance for an establishment.
Window and roofing companies share that gas fills are oftentimes used for better insulation. Its material includes argon, krypton and other odorless and non-toxic gases.
To complement the glazing system, a quality window frame with low U-value assists in decreasing the whole window U-value. Frames that use timber, uPVC or a composite aluminum/timber design, outperform the standard aluminum windows.
If you need a team for a window installment or a replacement after storm damage to roof systems, turn to Steinmeyer Roofing’s experts for top-quality services. We are a GAF Master Elite® roofing company that has been in the industry for over 20 years. Reach us at (217) 302-9355 or complete our online form to set an appointment.