Montgomery, Alabama Window Replacement
Montgomery window replacement is an opportunity to find window products that can hold up to hot, humid temperatures for the long summers, and the cold of the winter months. A good window product for Montgomery, AL, and Alabama over all needs to keep a household dry, and prevent air exchange from outside to inside, or vice versa. This is just part of what keeps the cost of utility bills down throughout the year in this area.
Likewise, it is also important to regulate the amount of sun light, and the heat of the sun, that penetrate through the glass of any window into a Montgomery, AL home. It is as simple as looking for Energy Star products rated for Montgomery window replacement projects. It is possible, though, to have all of these features and have the Montgomery window replacement be affordable also.
There are different names for some of the features that deal with the efficiency of an Alabama replacement window. They are solar heat gain coefficient, u-factor, air leakage, condensation and visible transmittance. Solar heat gain coefficient measure the amount of heat from the light of the sun that enters the house through your Montgomery, AL window. Look for lower measurements to find the ideal blocks the heat.
The amount of light that is allowed into your Montgomery home through the window is called the visible transmittance. VT is measured from 0 to 1, with 0 indicating that no light is allowed inside your Montgomery, Alabama replacement windows. Where more light is allowed through your glass, the closer to 1 the value will measure.
U-factor will indicate how well a Montgomery window replacement panes will insulate against heat. In addition, ideal temperatures inside the home can be sacrificed also from the occurrence of air leakage. Air leakage indicates how much air passes through your units. Lower values represent less leakage of air. Condensation should not occur on your products, especially on new replacement products. This would indicate a break in a seal, or even in the glass.
Beyond that, it is important to know what materials have what characteristics for the ideal Montgomery window replacement products. There are a handful of materials that are available for homeowners for their replacement products. There are wood, aluminum, fiberglass and composite replacement materials. Montgomery window replacement made from wood or wood composite are excellent products for insulation purposes.
The wood can last many lifetimes as long as it is sanded and stained or painted. It does take a little extra care and maintenance to keep it in good working shape. Though, it has a wonderful traditional look.
In addition, make the most of the wood by purchasing composite materials instead. Composite has the interior of wood, but a cover material that is less maintenance, such as aluminum. Montgomery window replacement with composite and wood generally are pricier, but will offer many advantages in their functioning and look
Montgomery window replacement products made from aluminum are light weight, inexpensive and low maintenance. Though, the one drawback of aluminum is that it does allow conduction of heat or cold through its frame. Similar to that is vinyl, which is light weight, inexpensive and low maintenance as well. Though, it has excellent insulation properties.
Fiberglass is another type Montgomery window replacement material. It is good at keeping water out, because fiberglass in itself a good water repellent material. It is light weight and has good insulation properties.
There are many designs when you are replacing units. There are casement, double hung, single hung, picture, bay, hopper and awning units. Casement varieties work with a crank, turning outward a bit. There are some that open vertically. The ones that open from the top and bottom are called hopper and awning respectively. Bay varieties do not open and stick out from the house. Double hung and single hung are fairly common. They open up and down. Single only have one panel that move and double hung have both panels moving.
There is the chance to also purchase varieties with design features. They may have frames of various colors and there are also grids on the interior, which can be useful on those units that are going in bungalow style homes. There is frosted and even glass film too. There are many features that can make glass high performance, functional and also even more beautiful. Consider what will look best given the style of your home, and enjoy the best view of your lifetime.
Montgomery window replacement is a necessity brought on by an old, worn out view or just outdated glass products. Consider how the newest features in technology can work for you and your family. It should keep you cool inside in the summer and warm during the winters.
Montgomery, Alabama U-Factor and SHGC Ratings for Replacement Windows
When shopping for replacement windows in Montgomery, Alabama - located in Montgomery 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 Montgomery 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 Montgomery, Alabama and Montgomery's metro area counties including: Autauga County AL, Elmore County AL, Lowndes County AL, and Montgomery County AL.
The climate zone, u-factor and SHGC listed for your county in the Montgomery, AL 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 Montgomery 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.
|Autauga County AL
Elmore County AL
Lowndes County AL
Montgomery County AL
|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|
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 Montgomery, AL 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 Montgomery, Alabama 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.
Montgomery Window Suppliers
Below you will find a list of local window retailers, contractors, installers, and manufacturers in the Montgomery area.