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Alhambra, California Window Replacement

Last updated on 11/15/2019

Alhambra window replacement can give your home just the type of feel that you want, whether your house is too cold in the winter, because of drafty glass, or too warm in the summer, because the glass cannot block infrared rays. The new glass found in a California replacement window unit will be able to help improve these feelings in your home by preventing a loss of air though the glass itself. It can be time to make a change that involves an Alhambra window replacement when you feel this temperature difference as you stand inside the home near the window.

Finding Contractors in CA

For the best experience in your Alhambra window replacement, you'll want to be sure to obtain quite a few quotes for the materials and for the installation. To find quotes from a local provider in southern CA, it's a good idea to visit a Web site that specializes in providing articles and information related to replacement window options. At these Web sites, you also can take the time to submit a little bit of information about the project that you'd like to do, and the Web site will pass this information along to any suppliers or installers who are interested in the work. They'll then contact you, competing for your business, which is a great situation!

Keep in mind that by sticking with local suppliers and installers, you're likely to end up with a more successful Alhambra window replacement project. The local providers should have a better understanding of local regulations and weather challenges, which means that your project will be done correctly and will have a better chance of staying on time. Fortunately, these types of Web sites typically do a good job of helping you find local installers and product supplier businesses.

And you should have very few problems when undertaking a replacement in Alhambra, because this area of southern CA has such a large population base, which means more suppliers of slider window replacement products will be willing to provide service here. Alhambra has a population of almost 85,000, and the Los Angeles metro area has several million residents. Los Angeles is to the southwest of Alhambra, and Pasadena is to the north. This area of California grew extensively after World War II, and the population of Alhambra has doubled since that time, too.

Replacement Window Measurements

When you're considering Alhambra window replacement products, make sure that the NFRC ratings are included with any products you purchase. The NFRC provides all of the measurements of the energy efficiency of various Alhambra window replacement materials. These measurements can be trusted beyond what the manufacturer claims as any energy efficiency numbers, as long as you understand the terminology in use.

For the Alhambra area, you might not need to worry much about the U-factor measurement, because there isn't much cold weather here. U-factor measures the amount of heat that escapes your home through the glass. However, you will want to pay attention to the AL number, which is short for air leakage. With this measurement, you'll find out just how much air leaks through any of the tiny gaps in the framing around the glass. Look for an AL measurement of less than 0.30 with your Alhambra window replacement products.

With the possibility of excessive heat in this area of the Golden State, a couple of NFRC measurements will be especially beneficial to understand. The solar heat gain coefficient is a measurement of how well the glass can prevent infrared rays and ultraviolet rays from entering your home. In the summer time, the infrared rays can greatly heat up your home, so having a rating of less than 0.8 is desirable. The visible transmittance measurement also can determine how much light enters your house from the sun, with lower ratings equaling less light entering the home through the glass, which will contain a varying level of coating to limit the light.

One final measurement you'll want to pay attention to with your Alhambra window replacement project is the condensation resistance number. This number measures the ability of the glass to insulate itself, which leads to less condensation forming on the inside of the glass. The measurement is on a scale of one to 100, and materials with a higher number will do a better job of resisting condensation.

Once you have an understanding of the various measurements, you can turn your attention to the type of glass. There's little concern over cold temperatures in southern California, so you might not need to worry about double pane glass with your Alhambra window replacement. Finding a California replacement window supplier who knows the area should help you receive a good product, as the Alhambra supplier can make sure that your products will work well with the weather here.

Alhambra, California U-Factor and SHGC Ratings for Replacement Windows

When shopping for replacement windows in Alhambra, California - located in Los Angeles County - it is extremely important to purchase windows with the correct u-factor and solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) as rated by Energy Star.

Energy Star determines the u-factor and SHGC that will give you the most energy efficienct window replacement based on your zip code's climate zone.

The climate zone assigned to your zip code takes into account how extreme the seasons are in your area of California. How warm and cold it gets where you live determines how well your new windows will need to keep out the cold air and the hot sun.

California, unlike most states, has many micro-climates. Due to these micro-climates most counties and cities in California have more than one climate zone. Therefore most CA cities and counties have more than one u-factor and solar heat gain coefficient rating depending upon which particular climate zone your zip code is in.

Below, you will find a table with the climate zones and corresponding u-factor and SHGC ratings for Alhambra, California and Alhambra's nearby cities and zip codes.

The climate zone, u-factor and SHGC listed for your zip code in Los Angeles County will help you to determine which replacement windows will maximize energy savings for your home.

To find the Energy Star recommended u-factor and solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) for your city in the Alhambra metro area, simply do the following:

  1. Find your city name in the left most column under "Cities and Zips".
  2. Under your city name, locate your zip code.
    1. If you don't see your zip code, scroll down to the next "Cities and Zips" heading and locate your city again. Then find your zip code.
  3. Find your climate zone in the orange box to the right of the column with your city name and zip code combination.
  4. Under the orange box with your climate zone, find the dark grey box with the product you are looking for - window replacements, new doors, or skylights.
  5. Under the product type, you will find the best u-factor and shgc as determined by Energy Star.
  6. When getting quotes from contractors, be sure that your window replacements, new skylights, and/or replacement doors have these ratings to maximize energy efficiency in your home.

Cities and Zips
Monterey Park
San Gabriel
San Marino
South Pasadena
Temple City
South-Central Climate Zone
0.30 or less 0.25 or less
0.53 or less 0.28 or less
Solid Doors (No Glass)
0.17 or less No Rating
Doors with Less than Half Glass
0.25 or less 0.25 or less
Doors with More than Half Glass
0.30 or less 0.25 or less

Remember to research thoroughly prior to making a window replacement purchase, regardless of whether you are installing the windows yourself or having them installed by a licensed professional window replacement contractor.

Alhambra Window Suppliers

Below you will find a list of local window retailers, contractors, installers, and manufacturers in the Alhambra area.

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 1015 E Main St Alhambra, CA 91801
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 500 S Marengo Ave Alhambra, CA 91803
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 2628 W Main St Alhambra, CA 91801
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