New windows are a great way to jazz up your home and enhance your curb appeal. Today, window companies offer consumers a wide array of designs and styles that are sure to complement your lifestyle and personal taste. The unique advantages of each window type vary, so we recommend reviewing this section of our web site to find the perfect window for your home.
Understanding why they work:
Polyvinyl Chloride: Most people want to know what vinyl windows are actually made of. The primary ingredient is polyvinyl chloride otherwise known as PVC. PVC is a poor conductor of both heat and cold; thus your heat stays inside in the winter, while your air-conditioning is able to keep the air cooler in the summer.
Durability: Window replacement is a nuisance even when it is relatively easy. Homeowners don’t want to have to do it more the once or twice during their period of ownership. Vinyl windows are built to last. They do not corrode, and will not swell, chip, peel, rot, or rust.
Easy to care for: It’s difficult to find something easier to take care of than that which is virtually maintenance free. Vinyl windows never require painting and are easily cleaned with soap and water. Some companies also include sashes and welded frames to prevent penetration by air or water.
Creative variations: Every homeowner wants the new windows to enhance the design of the house, whether that design is a contemporary effect or an older, more ornate architecture. Vinyl windows are available in a variety of designs from massive curved, bay, or picture windows to small casement windows, as well as a variety of colours.
Vinyl replacement windows provide a unique combination of strength and versatility that keeps them at the top. They provide energy efficiency and may save you money on your heating and air conditioning bills. A quality vinyl window will have multi-chambered spaces in them with thermally welded joints. This combination creates a hollow, dead air space which acts as a self-insulant. This "honeycomb" feature helps your windows resist water condensation and heat loss. You can also choose other options that will help you regulate temperatures such as dual paned windows, tinting that lowers glare, insulating gases and coatings that reduce ultraviolet rays.
Low-Emissivity Glass (Low-E): Coatings are microscopically thin, virtually invisible, metal or metallic oxide layers deposited on a window glazing surface primarily to reduce the transfer and flow of heat (U-Factor). This coating reflects 40% to 70% of transmitted heat. Most people are happy to learn that this type of glass, while very efficient, does not hinder the normal amount of light that passes through the glass and into your home. This coating reflects radiant infrared energy, thus tending to keep radiant heat on the same side of the glass from which it originated. This results in more efficient windows because: radiant heat originating from indoors is reflected back inside, thus keeping heat inside in the winter, and infrared radiation from the sun is reflected away, keeping it cooler inside in the summer.
Argon Gas: A motionless gas used to fill the space between panes of glass to reduce heat loss. Argon gas is often used because it is a better insulator than air and has a relatively low cost in comparison to other alternatives.
Krypton Gas: A nontoxic, nonreactive, clear, and odorless gas that works similarly to argon gas and has better thermal performance, but unfortunately is more expensive to produce.