Have you ever been in a house that has the perfectly placed windows in every room? The amount of natural light alone can help with energy costs. Windows today are extremely low maintenance and have come a long way in efficiency as well.
When it comes to selection you might have a style in mind but sifting through all the options and terminology can be overwhelming. You want to make sure you get a high quality and energy efficient window or skylight. So how do you go about selecting an energy efficient window?
It really comes down to four factors: frame, glass, design and installation.
Framing Things Out
Wood frames are better than aluminum at resisting the transfer of cold and heat, but that doesn’t mean that wood is the most energy efficient. Every different kind of window frame has positive and negative aspects. You really have to decide what’s going to fit your taste and budget.
Vinyl: It is less expensive but that doesn’t mean it has to be cheaply made. A well-constructed, properly installed vinyl window can be a great choice! You can keep costs down and energy efficiency up.
Aluminum: It is one of the materials that transfer heat and cold, resulting in a little more energy loss. If you live in a climate with more rain and humidity aluminum is ideal. They meet costal building codes in hurricane-prone areas due to their strength.
Wood: By far the best from an insulation standpoint; but wood windows do require more upkeep than all the others. They may not be the best choice for humid and rainy climates. They do last a long time if they are the right cut and wood type.
Wood Clad: Wood Clad have a low maintenance exterior like aluminum or vinyl which encases a wood interior. That being said they are not good in wetter climates because they have a higher potential to rot.
The frame is just the start, next you’d move on to selecting the right kind of glass, then the right design, and finally the install. If you’re interested in learning more about the best replacement window option for your home just let us know and we can walk you through every step.