Choosing the right windows for your home
Well you just found out that your windows are not quite as energy efficient as you originally thought. They are slowly leaking air. Now what do you do if you want to replace them with new ones? There are so many to choose from.
In addition to picking out frames you also need to choose what type of glass to put in the frame. Heat absorbing tints are a window glaze that contains special tints that change the color of the glass. Gas fills, fill the space between the panes with inert gas. Insulated window glazing has two or more panes of glass also known as double-pane. A low-e coating is a microscopically thin, practically invisible, metal or metallic oxide layer put on the surface of one or more of the panes of glass. Reflective coatings on window glazing and glass reduce the solar rays but block more light than heat. This is commonly used in areas where climates can be extremely hot to control solar heat gain.
Windows and frames come with a wide variety of styles and designs. There are advantages to some and disadvantages to others. Vinyl, wood, fiberglass, and some composite frame materials provide greater thermal resistance than metal.
Aluminum or metal frames are considered to be strong, lightweight and maintenance free but the disadvantages are if you want to reduce heating then this isn't the way to go with your windows. This type conducts heat very rapidly and the metal makes for a poor insulating material.
Composite frames are made of composite wood products typically using particleboard and laminated strand lumber. This makes it stable, they have the same or if not better thermal properties than normal wood products and the pro side is that they have better moisture and decay resistance than the wood varieties. Real wood does insulate well, but they will expand and contract depending on weather conditions. Cons of wood is that they will require maintenance upkeep.
Fiberglass will have air cavities that can be filled with insulation and dimensionally considered to be stable. An excellent choice that you can make for windows is by installing Vinyl.
Vinyl windows are a great choice for offering excellent heat and sound insulation. Quite often old windows are now replaced with Vinyl because of the installation protection that they provide along with the fact that they require very little maintenance. In addition to standard white they also can come in a wide variety of other finishes that are available, such as wood-grain . These frames are usually made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) with ultraviolet light (UV) stabilizers which help to keep the sunlight from destroying and breaking down the material. Moisture resistant and no painting required with Vinyl windows.
Overall vinyl windows becomes the outstanding choice for all these reasons: Beauty and appearance of wood without the hassle of maintaining it, low maintenance, great insulation, resistance to rotting, corrosion, salt air, termites and air pollutants, doesn't pit, peel or flake like wood and maintains its beauty year after year, vinyl retains its finish – there’s no need to sand, re-stain, repaint, and comes in a variety of popular wood grains such as oak, cherry and maple. Need another reason vinyl is better? It’s easier on the pocketbook about 10% cheaper than wood and has a wide variety of architectural choices and design options to complement your home and lifestyle. There’s no comparison between wood vs. vinyl windows. Vinyl is the clear choice!