It might seem like new windows come with just about every imaginable upgrade already built into them. Easy-to-operate sashes, high-performance locks, reinforced frames. About the only thing they don’t have is a microchip, and chances are they probably will in the not-too-distant-future. While it’s true today’s top-of-the-line widows are sophisticated mechanisms engineered for optimal performance and long-lasting beauty, not all brands are the same. What might be a standard feature on one could be an optional accessory on another. The level of performance you can expect from your new windows will depend in no small part on several key features that will provide added benefits for years to come.
Basic Windows Are Fine, But…
Even basic windows will provide adequate protection from moisture and air infiltration if they’re from a reputable manufacture and of high enough quality. That’s a good start, but to take your new windows to the next level, they should have the following:
- Low-emissivity glass – This glass (also know as low-E glass), has been specially treated with a microscopically thin coating that reflects both ultraviolet and infrared light. Ultraviolet light can bleach sun-exposed fabrics such as curtains and carpets, while infrared light transfers heat. By preventing most of this invisible light from passing through the window, low-E glass helps shield the interior of your home from color fading and heat transfer.
- Triple-layered panes with gas inserts – To further minimize thermal bridging between the outside and inside of the window, inert gas (usually argon or krypton) is inserted between layers of glass to create a formidable, non-conductive barrier that prevents heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer, making your home more energy efficient.
- Tilt-in sashes on double-hung models – This feature is invaluable for homeowners who would prefer not having to trek outside to clean the glass on their windows. (That would be all of them, right?) Since the sashes pivot inward, it makes wiping down the exterior glass a snap.
- Between-the-glass muntins – Another convenient feature is muntins that are imbedded within the panes instead of sitting on top of them. Muntins are the dividers that create decorative grid patterns. While they add visual interest to windows, they’re also a hassle to clean around. By setting them within the glass, it avoids this drawback.
At Woodbridge Home Exteriors, we have successfully installed thousands of new windows in homes across Texas, including Fort Worth, and we can do the same for you. Contact us today to arrange a no-obligation consultation with one of our representatives. And if you’re thinking about financing your renovation, be sure to ask about the custom plans available to eligible customers.