In terms of efficiency and performance, replacement windows have come a long way. Today, modern windows offer high-energy ratings, protection from the heat and the cold, and a whole slew of other advanced features. While all these improvements have certainly benefited homeowners who aim to build a better home, they did create unexpected challenges.
The sheer volume of replacement window options can be easily overwhelming, especially if you have not yet set solid objectives to guide your project. One way to overcome this is to understand the qualities that make for a good window.
ENERGY STAR® Ratings
ENERGY STAR® is the standard when it comes to measuring the energy efficiency of home improvement products, including windows. Different materials will have different ratings. It’s up to you to decide which ones are best suited for your specific needs. Feel free to ask our consultants about the recommended ratings to optimize the efficiency of your home.
Single, Double and Triple-Pane Windows
Window performance can depend on its panes. Single-pane windows are, by far, the least efficient, offering little to no thermal insulation from the outdoors. On the other hand, choosing between double- and triple-pane variants can be tricky. Double-pane windows are usually the standard, but in some situations, a triple-pane window might be the better choice.
The glass used in window products are often coated with a low-e layer. This is true for all types and styles of window, whether it’s a large picture window or a small egress window. This coat helps reflect heat from the sun and keeps your interiors cooler in the summer.
At WMGB Home Improvement, we offer high quality replacement windows suitable for all types of homes. Give us a call at (616) 328-6625, or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and request a free estimate on replacement windows today. We serve homeowners in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids and other surrounding areas.