New windows offer so many benefits for you and your home, such as:
Lower energy bills
But – purchasing and installing new windows can be a major financial investment.
Is it time for new windows? Here are some questions that might help.
Do your old windows require a lot of maintenance? Are they difficult to lift or slide? If they’re painted windows, you already know they require maintenance to prevent rotting. New windows can eliminate this chore.
Does condensation regularly collect on the glass, clouding your view and causing moisture to collect on the window trim? New windows with high-efficiency glass will prevent this from happening.
Do you spend time regularly cleaning, maintaining and putting up and taking down storm windows? Is it about time to replace your storm windows?
Do you avoid cleaning your windows because it’s so difficult to do? The majority of new windows are designed to make cleaning a cinch.
Do your windows contribute to your home feeling cold and dry in the winter and overheated in the summer? New windows with double-pane glass can allow the light to come through without the heat, they’ll reduce the chill of cold glass and drafts, and will reduce condensation so the indoor humidity level will be more comfortable. Plus, new windows will contribute to lower fuel bills.
Are your old windows worth repairing? If you have the time and money, this is doable, but due to common issues like rot, sagging casement, fogged double-pane glass and difficult-to-find hardware, it's not always worth the effort and expense. New windows are often the most cost-effective option.
Windows Glass Types
The art and science of making glass has been around for over 5000 years. This first glass was made by the ancient Egyptians and the city states of Mesopotamia. Glass is made from sand mixed with soda ash and limestone that is melted to over 3000 degrees. Technically, glass is a liquid or an amorphous solid with a molecular structure that is transparent. The addition of chemicals, colorants and different heating and cooling manufacturing processes are used to create the different glass types listed below.