Quincy, Massachusetts Window Replacement
Last updated on 01/06/2022
Quincy window replacement is an interesting project that many homeowners will want to tackle at some point. Although it would seem like the purchase of windows should be a very simple process, you will be amazed at all of the different options you have for picking the new glass for your Massachusetts replacement window project. You can select from quite a few different options for the construction of the glass, including the number of panes that will be used and the coatings that will be included. You also have numerous options for selecting the type of frame for your glass.
Selecting a New Window Style
When selecting the type of frame that you want to use with your Quincy window replacement, it will pay dividends to study each option that you have. Each type of frame will provide some advantages and disadvantages, so you'll want to make sure that you select the best type of material for your home in Massachusetts. When working with replacement glass and frames, having some knowledge is really important.
The most popular type of frame for Quincy window replacement these days is a vinyl frame. With vinyl materials, you'll receive a long lasting material that can stand up to almost any type of weather. Vinyl doesn't have the maintenance requirements that you'll find with other types of replacement window frames, either, which will be a significant selling point for anyone who has fought with peeling paint on their current frames. Finally, vinyl frames tend to be lighter in weight than other types of frames, which makes it easier to install those types of products.
Wood is another common material used in the frames of Quincy window replacement products, and most older homes with older glass have wooden frames currently installed. Wood is a sturdy material for a replacement window, which makes it a good choice. However, wood will need quite a bit more maintenance than vinyl, and it is heavier. You will need to paint or stain the wooden frames every few years, just to make sure the wood remains sealed and protected from any weather problems.
Fiberglass frames are another option that provides a light type of frame, similar to what you'd find with vinyl. You can fill fiberglass frames with foam insulation, if you want, to keep the frames light, while improving the overall energy efficiency of the product. Fiberglass also doesn't require much maintenance. However, fiberglass sometimes can have difficulty standing up to tough weather conditions, such as you might find in this area of eastern MA, so you have to pick this type of material for the frames in your Quincy window replacement project carefully.
You'll sometimes see aluminum frames used with homes in this area of Massachusetts, but, for the most part, aluminum frames will be used more often with commercial buildings. Aluminum's look can be tough to match to the style of a residential home sometimes, which makes it a more natural fit with a commercial structure. However, with Quincy window replacement in your home, you always have the option of using aluminum.
Shopping Around in MA
Quincy is the eighth largest city in Massachusetts, carrying a population of about 92,000. Quincy is well known by American historians, as it is the birthplace to two presidents, John Quincy Adams and John Adams. John Hancock, who so famously signed the Declaration of Independence with a large signature, also was born in Quincy.
With the city of Quincy located along the Atlantic Ocean in eastern MA, you will see quite a bit of precipitation that falls year around here. The weather also tends to be cool for most of the year in this area, which means that a Quincy window replacement project will be more beneficial to help in the winter by keeping cold air outside. If you have a drafty window here, you're sure to feel it in the winter with uncomfortable feelings of cold air in your home, so consider a replacement piece of glass to get rid of the draft.
In the summer in Quincy, high temperatures tend to stay in the 70s, which is extremely comfortable. When you do have a particularly hot day here, a new window with low-e glass can help to block infrared rays from entering your home. This will help to keep your home cooler in the summer, which is another good reason to consider a replacement frame.
With your Quincy window replacement project, you will have the option of selecting multiple panes in your glass. By including two or three panes in your new products, you'll receive the highest amount of energy efficiency in your frames. However, keep in mind that the more panes you include with your Quincy window replacement frames, the more expensive the new glass will be.
Quincy, Massachusetts U-Factor and SHGC Ratings for Replacement Windows
When shopping for replacement windows in Quincy, Massachusetts - located in Norfolk 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 Quincy 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 Quincy, Massachusetts and Quincy'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 Quincy, 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 Quincy 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 Quincy, 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 Quincy, 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.
Quincy Window Suppliers
Below you will find a list of local window retailers, contractors, installers, and manufacturers in the Quincy area.
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