Homes that are over 20 years old with the original windows are typically due for an upgrade.
Well-designed windows play a variety of important roles and can improve your home’s curb appeal, increase the amount of natural light in your home and improve energy efficiency. If your windows are run-down and damaged, they will not only be a security issue, but they can also reduce the overall comfort of your home.
We can all agree that being comfortable in your home should be top priority. Whether you live in a warm or cooler climate, energy-efficient windows will limit the transfer of heat through the glass, meaning your home stays warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
It is important for you to familiarize yourself with the glass coatings and their benefits. Not all windows are created equally. Selling someone the wrong glass for their home is as helpful as selling someone eyeglasses that have the wrong prescription. They might look great, but they won’t get the job done.
Centra Windows Building Science Expert Anton Van Dyk breaks down the importance of the right glass for your windows.
“If you replace your windows with glass that has high Solar Heat Gain, the heat from the sun will travel through the glass and get trapped in your home. As a result, your home will be even hotter than it was before you replaced your windows.
A reputable window company will work with you, display various options and help you make the right decision. You may end up selecting different glass for different rooms, depending if your home has southern exposure, shade, street noise or large windows, among other variables,” Van Dyk says. “Do your research, ask questions and make sure the glass you bring into your home serves its purpose throughout the year.”
If your windows are single-pane (glazed), heat will be scorching into your home, making your living space a sauna. If you want the ultimate performance in glass, look at the possibility of double or triple pane glass. Combining this feature with a variety of LoE coatings allows you to select the combination that suits your climate and more importantly, your comfort level.
Vinyl Windows are the best choice for replacement windows as it helps in reducing the transfer of heat through the window frame. Plus, you want your windows to look good and vinyl provides countless finishing options and colours to match the exterior of your home.
Windows are a functional upgrade and whether you are simply trying to improve your home’s appearance or save money on your energy bills, window renovations is a great project that is sure to pay dividends.
Centra Windows is a local manufacturer and installation company of custom, energy-efficient windows. We pride ourselves on being building envelope experts that will make sure you get the best product for your specific home. We love talking windows, so if you have any questions we want to hear from you!