Replacement glass windows can not only give your home a fresh new look but it can also provide you with the security, noise reduction and electricity costs reduction that you have been looking for. If you want to replace your entire window structure or are looking to just replace the worn out glass on some replacement doors, then be sure to compare the different contractors and options out there.
Replacement Cost and Benefits
Replacing your windows can provide you with a number of benefits to the home. If your windows are worn out or cracked, then it can be hard to look anywhere else. Your eyes will automatically turn towards this annoying eye sore. Like anything else, your windows will start to wear out due to every day wear and tear, weather and storm damage and stains and cracks. If you are tired of looking at the streaks of dirt that just won't come off and the dog claw scratches ruining your view, then replacement glass windows may be the thing you need. You could increase the value of your home by several thousands of dollars with this simple and effective home renovation.
Energy efficiency is one of the main reasons to consider a window replacement. Not only will you be able to reduce your heating and cooling costs by up to 60 percent by replacing your windows, but you will also be able to qualify for the Energy Star program, a government sponsored program that provides you with a certain amount of tax savings during tax time. If you replace your windows this year and with a licensed contractor, then you will get a portion of the costs back when you file your taxes.
Energy Savings Glass Replacement
When looking into replacement glass for any windows or doors, it is important to consider the thickness and durability you are looking for. One thing to consider is where you live and how cold it gets. In general, the higher the R-value of your replacement glass, the more protection you will get from things like noise and cold air. If you live in a colder climate, then a higher R-value will come in handy. Even if you live down south in one of the hotter states, a high R-value can also keep the warm air from coming in and causing your air conditioning system to work overtime. If you are looking for a complete distraction from the outdoor noises then a higher R-value replacement glass is also a good idea. Furthermore, the thicker the material, the better it will for keeping intruders out and increasing your protection.
When it comes to your replacement glass thickness, there are three standard sizes - single pain; double pane and triple pane. Single pain has very little insulating value with (approximately r-1). Most replacement windows are at least double pane as single pane tends to only provide a thin barrier to the outside and can account for considerable heat loss and gain. Double pane glass doubles the amount of insulation with multiple layers. You will increase the window's ability to resist heat flow but without giving your home that ‘coke-bottle glasses' look. Triple pane windows are the most energy efficient on the market and tend to also be the most expensive. Most homes in the northern climate or homes near a busy highway, train railway or airport station may consider the triple pane option.
In addition to the R-value, you should also consider the different replacement glass styles for your windows or doors. You might consider clear glass which is the primary material used when replacing windows. However, low-emissivity glass is another excellent option. Also referred to a low-e, this material has a special surface coating that will reduce the heat transfer back into your home. You will be able to reflect anywhere from 40 to 70 percent of the heat from the sun which means your home remains much cooler all year round. You will get the sunlight without the harmful rays and heat. Heat absorbing material is another option which again contains special tints to reduce the heat. Another option is reflective glass which is coated with a reflective film and is useful in controlling solar heat gain during the summer.
Other Window Considerations
When looking into any replacement glass, be sure to also look into the different window frames and structures. Vinyl window replacement can provide you with one of the more affordable and versatile options. You can get vinyl replacement windows in a number of colors and styles. You can even get vinyl to look like wood without the rotting or deterioration that comes with wood frames. Be sure to compare costs and contractors as well as replacement glass thickness, durability and styles when selecting the right home renovation for you.