In our special blog’s first part, we discussed the key projects you should focus on to boost your home’s energy efficiency. Now, we want to talk about the factors that affect the energy performance of windows and doors. As you shop for your replacement units, mind the following:
Since windows and patio doors mostly comprise glass, glazing is chiefly responsible for the energy efficiency of the units. Despite the climatic difference across America, double glazing is the standard. Dual-pane windows and doors contain an insulating gas in between the glass sheets, minimizing the normal transfer of heat. Most companies, including Renewal by Andersen® of St. Louis, uses argon for fill. Compared with other gases, it offers better R-values, soundproofing qualities, and condensation resistance.
Furthermore, spectrally selective Low-E coatings are essential to prevent excessive heat gain, combat damaging UV radiation, and promote adequate daylighting. They only block the invisible solar rays that cause heat and sun damage, but without affecting the color and clarity of sunshine.
As the framework holding the glass panes of windows and French doors in place, the quality of the frame matters too. An ideal framing material contributes to insulation and remains weathertight with changes in temperature.
Old-fashioned framing materials, especially wood, are susceptible to rot, which leads to draftiness. Timber needs layers of paint to protect itself against moisture and stay beautiful. Over the years, periodic repainting would hurt your pocket. Fortunately, innovative alternatives, like Fibrex®, are now at your disposal to eliminate costly maintenance without worrying about moisture damage.
Buying high-quality windows and sliding patio doors means nothing when the installation is subpar. Workmanship errors are usually behind premature failures, causing your units to underperform quickly. Not all home improvement companies are equal, so don’t skimp on quality because you’d get what you pay for. Study the credentials of your prospects to make the right hire.
At Renewal by Andersen of St. Louis, we take pride in offering the most energy-efficient windows and patio doors in the region. Drawing on the rich tradition of craftsmanship, quality, and innovation of Andersen, our parent company, we guarantee flawless work for maximum energy efficiency.
Did you miss the first part of our special blog? Check our blog archive and find a long list of interesting reads. To learn more about our products and services, call us today at (314) 332-2364 to schedule your FREE, in-home consultation in St. Louis, MO. We’ll be happy to discuss your project with no strings attached.