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There are so many different ways to configure a window that many companies will not offer you the entire plethora that is truly available. Simply broken down, here are a few:
The glass pack is very important to a window in that the glass pack, for the most part, will determine the window’s ability to insulate your home. The glass pack, or the “guts” of the window typically consist of 4 parts:
1- Most windows will have some sort of low-emissive coating (SolarBan 60 / Sungate 100). These coatings serve to reflect the sun’s harmful UV rays.
2- Certain gasses in between the panes of glass slow the transfer of heat or cold, depending on the weather. Argon, which is twice the density of oxygen, is the standard in most quality windows. Krypton, on the other hand, is used in many high-end applications and carries 4 times the density of oxygen.
3- The number of panes makes up the third element of the glass pack. Most windows are double paned with a few upper-end windows offering three panes.
4- The spacer which separates the panes of glass, although relatively small, should play a very important role in your new window selection. The older style spacer was simply a hard piece of metal which had no flexibility and usually separated from the panes of glass over time. This separation results in gas loss which would lead to condensation in between the panes and poor overall performance. Newer spacer systems such as the PPG Intercept spacer (made of space-age alloys), allows for flexibility of the panes which ultimately leads to a longer window life. The very latest advances in window spacer technology has given us the Super Spacer. It is a spacer system made of non-metallic materials in order not to transfer heat or cold.
Many window companies are now offering the exterior of the window to be either a vinyl color, or a vinyl-clad exterior. As far as the interior, the options range from stained wood to vinyl colors and even vinyl wood-grains.
Window frames come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and as mentioned above, colors. With replacement windows, you will lose some glass space, unless you are willing to pay the price for a new construction window. This price (new construction) usually comes in the form of labor (framing, siding…). Some vinyl window frames offer an option of a foam-filled (expanded polystyrene) frame. This can add to the insulation value of your window unit. The shapes of the frames are typically consumer choice as there a few varying shapes among the different companies.
Shopping windows by brand names can be an expensive undertaking. There are many high-end window companies that offer excellent craftsmanship, very good warranties, yet with a price tag that won’t break the bank.
As each one of these options do cost money, they also go a long way to protect furniture, sound proofing, and most importantly, your energy bill. Tell one of our project managers your budget, needs, and preferences, and let us do the rest.
No matter the Window you choose, ask a Northern Exteriors Minnesota home improvement professional to inform your decision.
Choosing the right window that best suits your needs can not only give you peace of mind in what you chose, but can also bring satisfaction to your wallet. The variety for Minnesota replacement windows is endless with a dizzying array of unknown or least unheard of brands:
Window companies - Click this link if you have a good hour or two to read about the plethora of window companies.