With the ongoing efforts of modern “green” building and the emphasis on energy efficiency, the typical consumer will undoubtedly run across the term Low-e glass when shopping for windows, doors or skylights. Whether the shopping is for new construction or a remodel project, it pays to know just what the terminology means. Tip: Roof Skylight Windows can also help you go more green.
How Low-e Glass Works and Saves You Money
So, put on your thinking caps and we’ll journey back to school for a bit. You see, Low-e is a term related to thermodynamics, a sub-field of the science of Physics. Without too much technical jargon, we will look at the importance and the practical effects of Low-e glass for your home or office. Continue reading “What is Low-E Glass?”→
It’s that time of year! The leaves are changing color, the mornings are cooler and here in the Northwest our windows begin to get foggy. Window condensation can be anywhere from mildly annoying to outright damaging to our homes. Beyond the obvious fogging of windows, the moisture can cause wallpaper to peel, damage plaster and even lead to serious issues with mold and the resultant health hazards to occupants. Fall and winter typically mean more indoor activities, warmer room temperatures and greater differences between inside and outside temps.
Today’s homeowner, whether considering building a new home or upgrading an existing home, will often have a healthy interest in energy efficiency. Here in the Pacific Northwest, wind, rain and cold belongs on the outside of our homes, not the inside. Also, Seattle area homeowners not only want energy savings, we want our products and building procedures to be as green as our state nickname. Here at Goldfinch Brothers, Inc. we hear you! Our products are state-of-the-art in terms of energy efficiency. Our employees receive ongoing education to ensure our customers get the latest information for decision making when considering windows and doors from our showroom. Efficient windows and doors are more than just a product on display, too. Our CAD Design Engineers will listen to your needs and ideas then give you a complete package of the most energy efficient and green products and processes found anywhere.
Technically speaking, whether your desire is for wood, composite or aluminum frames we will supply the best products available. The types of glazing options available, from LoE-366 (which exceeds Energy Star requirements), solar bronze, self-cleaning glass or hurricane glazing for coastal regions where it may be required, will not just meet, but exceed your window requirements. Continue reading “Energy Efficient Home Windows”→
Vinyl windows – also marketed as PVC, linoleum or plastic – are among the most thrifty and popular replacement options. That goes a long way to explaining their steady climb in popularity: They have gone from representing 36 percent of the market in 1996 to 68 percent in 2012, according to the American Architectural Manufacturers Association.Continue reading “Vinyl Windows – The Pros & Cons”→
Fiberglass windows have traditionally occupied a small niche in the replacement window market, but they have noticeably started to gain traction in recent years. The most recent market report released jointly by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association shows them having a 3.2 percent share of the market, and “more contractors are installing them because more homeowners are asking for them,” according to Remodeling Jim Cory of Remodeling Magazine.Continue reading “Fiberglass Windows – The Pros & Cons”→
When it comes to replacement windows, there is no more classic look than wood. This is likely your best bet if you own an older, more traditional-style home, but be prepared to put in a little maintenance work.Continue reading “Wood Windows – The Pros & Cons”→
Whether you are renovating an older home or building it new, the window shopping and buying process is essentially the same. For new homes, the contractor will have samples and suggestions you can choose from before the actual building process begins. For renovations, the simple steps outlined here will get you the best, most satisfying experience available.
Once you narrow down contractor selections, you will want to get a free in-home consultation. It is usually suggested to get three bids before you make a final selection. The thought of spending thousands of dollars on new windows can be nerve-wracking enough, so you won’t want a high-pressure sales pitch. Once the contractor knows your needs the best choices for your situation can be presented. If you have a budget, stick to it. Continue reading “Window Buying Process”→