When going about getting new windows for your home, there are a variety of choices and factors to consider.
First, Pick Your Style of WindowFirst you have to pick the window style that best fits your home. Here are a few styles of windows to choose from:
- Slider Windows
- Casement Windows
- Double Hung Windows
- Storm Windows
- Basement Windows
- Picture Windows
- Awning Windows
- Projected Frame Windows
- Garden Windows
- Casement Windows
- Bay Windows
- Bow Windows
- Specialty/Ornamental Windows
Next, Pick the GlassNot all windows are created equal. When you're shopping for windows, you'll quickly notice five terms that indicate the overall performance of the window. Here are the five and what they mean for the kind of window you're investing in:
- U-Factor—This rating measures how well a window prevents heat loss. The lower the score, the better the insulation of the window.
- Solar Heat Gain Coefficient—This rating a windows ability to block sunlight. The lower the score, the less heat the window will allow into your home.
- Visible Transmittance—Transmittance indicates how much light is allowed to travel through a window. The higher the level, the more sunlight.
- Air Leakage—This indicates how much escapes from a window. Lower numbers mean the window is more efficient.
- Condensation Resistance—Have you ever seen a window that's been fogged over? That's the trait of a lower number on the condensation resistance scale. The higher the Condensation Resistance number, the less condensation your window will have.
- Ultra-U VSS Glass System—A 7/8″ dual glazed insulated glass unit featuring Ultra-U Plus glass. This consists of eight layers of high-performance reflective metallic shields, the XLEdge spacer system, and an air space filled with high-density argon gas.
- Ultra-U Plus12™ Glass System—A dual-glazed insulated glass unit featuring Ultra-U Plus12 glass. This consists of 12 layers of high performance reflective metal shields, the MAXEdge™ spacer system, and an air space filled with high density argon gas.
- UltraAr90™ Glass System—A triple glazed insulated glass unit made up of two panes of Ultra-U Plus glass, a third pane of sound absorbing glass and the XLEDGE spacer system. The air spaces are then filled with Argon90™ gas.
- Ultra Kr90 Glass System—A 7/8″ overall triple glazed insulated glass unit made up of two panes of Ultra-U Plus glass, a third pane of sound absorbing glass and the XLEdge Spacer. These air spaces are also enhanced with Krypton90 gas.
- SunClean Self-Cleaning Glass—A permanent titanium dioxide layer that is part of the outer Ultra-U Plus glass surface. These windows utilize the Sun’s ultraviolet rays to break down dirt and debris on the glass, which rain will wash away.
- SunSmart Glass System—A 7/8″ overall triple-glazed insulated glass unit made up of one pane of Ultra-U Plus glass, one pane of SunClean Self-Cleaning glass, a third pane of sound absorbing glass and the XLEdge Spacer. These air spaces are filled with high-density argon gas.