Most homeowners only have to get replacement windows once, or twice in a lifetime. For the most part, this means they are out of the loop when it comes to new window technologies. And when it comes time for replacement windows in Redmond, WA they have no idea what options are at their disposal. To help remedy some of that problem, here are some of the modern glazing options homeowners can find on replacement windows:
Number of Panes
The standard for modern windows is two panes of glass separated by a spacer and sealed together as an insulated glazing unit (IGU). This provides a better barrier between the inside and outside of the home for better insulation to mitigate unwanted heat gains and losses. But now homeowners can choose to have three or four panes of glass added to an IGU. With each added pane comes an extra layer of protection. That said, in milder climates like that of our area, the energy savings of triple or quadruple-glazing do not usually compensate for the added cost.
Inert Gas Fill
Most homeowners presume the gas sealed between the panes is a vacuum or normal air. This is not true. Normal air expands and contracts with temperature fluctuations, which breaks down the seals on IGU and allows more heat to transfer through. Today most IGUs have special gas fillings that reduce leaks and provide better insulation. The three common gasses are argon, krypton, and xenon. They are noble gasses with more density than air. They are less reactive and help prolong the life of replacement windows.
Laminated or Safety Glass
Most people are familiar with safety glass used on car windshields. This same technology has transferred to home windows as well. The laminated coating keeps the glass from breaking into dangerous shards. Instead, when the grass breaks it pebbles into smaller, less dangerous pieces. And impact resistant glass has an interlayer of polyvinyl butyral. This keeps much of the glass intact, making it more impact resistant to improve the safety and security in the home.
Again, just like cars, home windows also have window tints in a range of applications and colors. These were designed to prevent certain wavelengths from coming through the glass. They prevent both solar heat gains and reduce visible light. Most common colors for window tints include green, grey, blue, or bronze.
This window technology is a step up from window tints. Low-E coatings are an ultra-thin metallic oxide applied to inner surfaces of window panes. Because they are so thin you cannot see them, and they do not block any visible light. What they do is control the transfer of radiant heat so homeowners can keep heat out or keep heat in, depending on the location of the coating.
Glazing technology really has come a long way in the last few years. If you want to take advantage of some of these technologies on your replacement windows in Redmond, WA contact Signature Window & Door Replacement. Our experts can walk you through the pros, cons, and prices of each technology. They can also help you figure out which technologies would offer the most value to your home. Stop by 22613 68th Ave. S. Kent, WA 98032 or call (253) 887-7792 to schedule an appointment.