Louisville, Kentucky Window Replacement
Louisville window replacement is a worthwhile venture for any homeowner looking for a way to increase the curb appeal of their home in one project. Completing this project with can also make your home more energy efficient, decrease utility bills and improve ventilation. However, this project can also seem slightly overwhelming to most homeowners, and is especially confusing to those with little or no home improvement experience. The good news is, but getting to know the basics of Kentucky window replacement, you're much more likely to choose a product that will benefit your living space for many years.
Derby city is a great place to call home. Besides being both an affordable place to live and conveniently located to other metropolitan areas, Louisville also boasts an exiciting nightlife, diverse music scene and is home to the legendary annual Kentucky Derby. Sports and multiple types of recreation are a high priority in this city, and partially due to it's fantastic weather. However, Louisville, KY is also know for being very humid, and that can have a serious affect on the life of your windows.
When to Replace
Most people don't realize that they need a window replacement until it's already too late and they're experiencing major problems. This puts you at a disadvantage as you will not have enough prior notice to budget properly. Catching window problems early is key to a successful, cheap and fast Louisville window replacement. There are multiple "warning signs" to alert you that it is time to replace.
If you experience especially drafty winters or exceptionally humid summers and you know your heat and air conditioning are running properly, it's likely that you'll need to perform a Louisville window replacement job soon. Usually, ill-fitting or old materials are poor insulators and allow heat to escape during the winter while allowing moisture and humidity inside during the summer. The moist environment in Louisville, KY can also affect the shape of your frames or sashes and, if they are made of older wood products, then then can easily warp or shift over time.
Once you complete your Louisville replacement job, you'll notice an immediate difference in the temperature of your home. Summers will be cooler, winters will be cozier and, with any luck, your power bills will start dropping quite a bit. It's also a good idea to consider Energy Star rated Louisville window replacement materials while you're browing window replacement estimates. They are good insulators for additional energy saving benefits.
There are many materials you can choose from to complete your Louisville window replacement job, and all materials have their own advantages and disadvantages. These Kentucky options range in cost, durability, effectiveness and maintenance. Carefully consider each type of Louisville window replacement option before you begin the replacement process so you know which material will perform the best for your needs.
Vinyl is quickly surpassing wood as the most popular material for Louisville window replacement. It has many advantages, such as the fact that it is incredibly low-maintenance and can be cleaned with simple soap and water. It is also very good at insulation, which means that you don't have to worry about excessive heat transfer or a drafty home. This material is fairly inexpensive and very durable. However, it generally only comes in a limited selection of colors and has been known to fade more easily over time than some other options.
Wood is still a popular choice for Louisville window replacement, but it is usually affixed with a vinyl/aluminum cover to improve it's lifespan. Exposed wood can rot, attract termites and can warp quickly over time - which you've probably experienced if you're looking into KY replacements. However, one of the primary advantages of replacing with wood is that the natural look of wood is very difficult to replicate and many homeowners select this option for aesthetic reasons.
Aluminum is another material that has been used for several years, but has changed over time. Firstly aluminum is inexpensive, which is a great advantage. However, it is also a poor insulator and will commonly transfer the temperature of the outside into the building - which is generally not an ideal situation. Thus, these days aluminum is used much more for commercial and industrial buildings than for residential homes.
Choosing a Louisville Window Replacment
Once you've decided it's time to replace and chosen a material, you can then choose a manufacturer and, eventually, a contractor. Some people prefer the idea of installing their new products themselves, but this is not necessarily the best decision for everyone. Unless you have window replacement experience, you're much better off hiring the services of a Louisville replacement professional to ensure that the job is done correctly. After you complete your Louisville window replacement job, you can relax and enjoy the many benefits of your home improvement project.
Louisville, Kentucky U-Factor and SHGC Ratings for Replacement Windows
When shopping for replacement windows in Louisville, Kentucky - located in Jefferson 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 Louisville 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 Louisville, Kentucky and Louisville's metro area counties including: Bullitt County KY, Clark County IN, Floyd County IN, Harrison County IN, Henry County KY, Jefferson County KY, Oldham County KY, Shelby County KY, Spencer County KY, and Washington County IN.
The climate zone, u-factor and SHGC listed for your county in the Louisville, KY 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 Louisville 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.
|Bullitt County KY
Clark County IN
Floyd County IN
Harrison County IN
Henry County KY
Jefferson County KY
Oldham County KY
Shelby County KY
Spencer County KY
Washington County IN
|North-Central Climate Zone|
|0.30 or less||0.40 or less|
|0.53 or less||0.35 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||0.40 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 Louisville, KY 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 Louisville, Kentucky 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.
Louisville Window Suppliers
Below you will find a list of local window retailers, contractors, installers, and manufacturers in the Louisville area.