From materials to sizes, we’re here to help clarify the key factors to look for in your window search.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with information when dealing with something seemingly simple like a window. Unfortunately, there are a lot of companies out there that are trying to push sub-par products onto unknowing customers. Fortunately, we’re here to help! We’ve compiled a checklist of the important qualities to look for in a replacement window.
Low emissivity glass will help to reflect heat and keep your home cooler throughout the summer months. It is a microscopically thin layer which is applied to the glass that reflects long wave infrared energy, or heat, while keeping the inside of your home at the desired temperature.
In our region, an energy star window is required to have a .30 or lower U-Factor. The lower the U-Factor the higher the performance of the product. We recommend a U-Factor of .27 or less in the northeast region and have a variety of options to get your U-Factor as low as possible.
Argon or Krypton Gas
On a double pane window, you will want to have Argon gas in between the two panes of glass. Argon gas is denser than oxygen which will improve the thermal insulation efficiency. On a triple pane window, we recommend having a blend of 45% Argon Gas and 45% krypton gas which will give you the optimum performance. Krypton gas is similar to Argon gas just a better insulator. Both Argon and Krypton gas will contribute to the windows overall U-factor.
Your windows I-beam should be composite reinforced to ensure the integrity of the window. We do not recommend metal reinforced products because metal is a conductor of both heat and cold.
Triple weather stripping around sashes
Help to stop drafts and to ensure a tight seal of your entire window.
Multi chambered frame design or foam filled sashes and frame
Preventing airflow through the window.
This will give you the most amount of surface area on your window with glass rather than vinyl to optimize your view and natural light into your home.
Allow airflow into your home without opening the bottom sash of your window completely.