Cambridge, Massachusetts Window Replacement
Last updated on 01/06/2022
Cambridge window replacement is an option that can give you plenty of value for your dollar, increasing the price you can ask for your home if you ever decide to sell. With this area of Massachusetts being such a popular place to live, investing in your home with Massachusetts window replacement is a great idea. New people looking to move here will almost certainly be looking for a good home to purchase, and those homes that feature new glass will be far more desirable than a house that has old, drafty windows.
Before you decide on the type of Cambridge window replacement you want, you must spend some time familiarizing yourself with the terms and options involved in this type of installation. Window replacement isn't a particularly technical process, but it doesn't hurt to arm yourself with as much information as possible before you begin working on making the purchase. That way, you can be sure to select a product that will meet your needs while also fitting inside your household budget.
Basic Window Replacement Terms
New glass carries a variety of interesting options. The days of single-pane glass are gone. When attempting to start the process of performing Cambridge window replacement, you must first decide on the type of glass you will want to use. For example, you can make use of glass that has two or three panes, each of which are separated by a gas, such as radon or krypton, that helps insulate the replacement window, preventing outside air from seeping into the home.
Low e glass is another option for your Cambridge window replacement. Keep in mind, though, that different manufacturers have different definitions with regard to low e glass. For the most part, low e glass refers to any replacement window type that includes a coating that will block ultraviolet and infrared rays from entering your home. With this type of protection, your furniture will not suffer sun fade damage, and the heat from infrared rays won't cause unwanted summer heat to enter your home. Low e glass can help keep the heat from your home inside during the cold MA winters, too.
Cambridge window replacement also can involve almost any type of glass, including bay, basement, or double-hung glass. All you need is the measurements of each frame, and the manufacturer can match the glass that you will need. As long as you have an experienced installer available, you should have very few problems, regardless of the shape or size of the frames. If you're a little unsure about taking the necessary measurements for the frames for your home, you can just allow the installer to perform the measurements for you, as you want to be absolutely sure that your Cambridge window replacement frames will fit perfectly.
Choosing New Glass
There are quite a few reasons that choosing to perform a Cambridge replacement window project is a good idea. First, the new glass can give your home just a better feel versus old glass. If you can feel drafty air near your home's frames in Cambridge during the winter months, you're losing a lot of your home's heating energy to the outside world, as that draft means air is being exchanged at a higher rate than you want. New glass will eliminate these drafts because the seals around the frames are tighter, which is important in the weather in MA.
Cambridge window replacement also can make your life easier, at least when it comes to trying to clean the glass. Most new types of frames can tilt inward, making them extremely easy to clean. No longer do you have to work outside or climb up and down an unsteady ladder to clean the windows. That factor alone may make your Cambridge window replacement project well worth the cost, as cleaning glass is an undesirable task for nearly everyone.
Cambridge is one of the best cities in not just Massachusetts, but in all of America, for top-level secondary educational opportunities. This city is home to both Harvard University and MIT, both of which are extremely impressive universities. Not surprisingly, with two such universities in this area of MA, the population of Cambridge has grown steadily over the years, now totaling more than 105,000, making it the fifth largest city in the state. This city is part of the most populous area of Massachusetts, as Cambridge is just to the west of Boston.
Not surprisingly, winters in this area of the country can be tough. With cold winter winds and plenty of snow in this area from December through February, performing a Cambridge window replacement project will pay dividends. You'll see immediate improvements in the way your home holds its heat in the winter time, immediately after you have the new glass installed.
Cambridge, Massachusetts U-Factor and SHGC Ratings for Replacement Windows
When shopping for replacement windows in Cambridge, Massachusetts or any of its counties, including Middlesex County and Suffolk County, it is extremely important to purchase windows (and doors) 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 replacement windows, skylights, and doors based on your county's climate zone.
The climate zone assigned to your county takes into account how extreme the seasons are in your area. How warm and cold it gets in Cambridge determines how well your new windows will need to keep out the cold air and the hot sun.
Below, you will find a table with the climate zones and corresponding u-factor and SHGC ratings for Cambridge, Massachusetts and Cambridge's metro area counties including: Essex County MA, Middlesex County MA, Norfolk County MA, Plymouth County MA, Rockingham County NH, Strafford County NH, and Suffolk County MA.
The climate zone, u-factor and SHGC listed for your county in the Cambridge, MA area will help you to determine which replacement windows, skylights, and doors will maximize energy savings for your home.
To find the Energy Star recommended u-factor and solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) for your county in the Cambridge metro area, simply do the following:
- Find your county in the left most column.
- Find your climate zone in the orange box to the right of the column with your county's name.
- 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.
- Under the product type, you will find the best u-factor and shgc as determined by Energy Star.
- 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.
|Essex County MA
Middlesex County MA
Norfolk County MA
Plymouth County MA
Rockingham County NH
Strafford County NH
Suffolk County MA
|Northern Climate Zone|
|0.30 or less||0.00 or more|
|0.31||0.35 or more|
|0.32||0.40 or more|
|0.50 or less||Any|
|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||0.40 or less|
If you don't see your home's county above, use the u-factor and solar heat gain co-efficient (SHGC) search tool below to search for your Cambridge, MA area county's recommended window efficiency ratings.
Use the table above or the tool below to search for the specific u-factor and SHGC for your county so that you are educated and have this information on hand in order to maximize the financial return on your investment in new windows, new skylights and/or new doors in the Cambridge, Massachusetts area.
Remember to research thoroughly prior to making a window replacement or replacement door purchase, regardless of whether you are installing the windows and doors yourself or having them installed by a licensed professional contractor.
Cambridge Window Suppliers
Below you will find a list of local window retailers, contractors, installers, and manufacturers in the Cambridge area.
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