As you can guess, replacement windows have come a long way in the last few decades. Things that were once standard are completely obsolete. Even windows that are only 20 years old don’t measure up to some of the new replacement windows in Seattle, WA. You might be surprised at how far the industry has come. Here are just a few things that have changed making new windows safer, more efficient, and less maintenance than ever before:
Modern Frame Materials
In the past, there were not many options when it came to choosing windows. Wood and metal were the standards for both replacement windows and new construction windows. Today there are more choices. The most popular options include wood and aluminum, but there are also fiberglass and vinyl windows as well as some composites. Each material comes with unique characteristics and you are sure to find a product that suits the needs, style, and budget of your home.
Multiple Panes of Glass
In the past, only one pane of glass protected the home from the outside elements. That didn’t provide very much insulation or protection. The modern standard is now two panes of glass with a space between sealed as a single unit called an insulated glazing unit (IGU). This advancement cut down on unwanted heat transfer making windows better insulators. It also helped windows last longer and make homes more secure. But that was just the beginning. Now manufacturers can make replacement windows with three or even four layers of glass for more extreme climates. Because of this technology, the inside pane of glass is the same temperature as the indoor air.
Inert Gas Fills
Normal air used to fill the space between the panes of glass on IGUs. But it would retain moisture and expand and contract with temperature changes causing broken seals. Today manufacturers use different types of noble gas between the panes. They are colorless, odorless, and non-toxic. But they have a higher density than air and help block the transfer or radiant heat. This means homes stay cooler in summer and warmer in winter. The most common gasses used in modern windows include argon, krypton, and xenon.
Old windows used to break into large and dangerous shards on impact. Today the technology used on car windshields is also used on home windows. Laminated or tempered glass goes through a special manufacturing process to ensure that if the glass breaks it shatters into smaller, almost cubic pieces that are less dangerous. You can even get impact-resistant glass that has two layers adhered to an interlayer of polyvinyl butyral (PVB). With this technology even though the glass may break, it remains largely intact.
If your windows are more than 20 years old you should start thinking about upgrading with replacement windows in Seattle, WA. The innovations and technologies of these new products will improve your home in a number of ways. For more information, visit Signature Window & Door Replacement at 22613 68th Ave. S. Kent, WA 98032. To schedule an appointment or consultation contact us at (253) 887-7792.