When buying new windows, there is no bigger mistake than taking products at face value. Sure, you are concerned about aesthetics like everyone else, but a window is usually more than what meets the eye. As a rule of thumb, form always follows function.
Fortunately, you do not need to be a fenestration specialist to judge a unit against another. All you need a good working knowledge of window performance and style essentials to compare products properly.
Turn yourself into an armchair expert in well-designed double-hung, casement, sliding, picture, bay, bow and awning replacement window systems with Asher Lasting Exteriors’s quick guide.
Have a Component Checklist
According to ENERGY STAR, high-quality windows have durable frames, at least two panes, low-E glass, an insulating gas fill, and a warm-edge spacer. Together, these elements make a window unquestionably reliable and exceptionally energy-efficient.
Look for Climate-Centric Features
Much like well-thought-out gutters, well-designed windows are developed with geography in mind. A unit meant to be used in Florida will not necessarily deliver excellent results when installed in Alaska, due to extreme weather differences. When sizing up a product, think about your local climate to make sure it can withstand the rigors of nature.
Pay Attention to Energy Ratings
To get deeper insights into a window’s energy efficiency, read the NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council) label. This seal of approval usually features four ratings, but focus on the following: U-Factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC).
In layman’s term, U-factor refers to thermal insulation while SHGC is all about solar heat gain resistance. Based on your zip code, you will learn the energy efficiency requirements ENERGY STAR observes in your area.
For instance, Chippewa County is part of the Northern Climate Zone. ENERGY STAR requires all windows in this county to have at least a U-Factor of 0.30 and an SHGC of 0.42 (or more).
At Asher Lasting Exteriors, we put a premium on quality, not popularity. That is why we choose to install Renewal by Andersen® products over vinyl windows. Call us at (715) 204-4840 today to discuss your window replacement needs and receive a free estimate. We serve Eau Claire and River Falls, WI, as well as many other nearby communities.