Whether you are designing a new home or remodeling an existing one, choosing the right windows can make all the difference. Windows can add curb appeal, increase your property value, and even save you money on energy costs. This is your one-stop guide to window shopping from Aboud, Inc., the experts in home remodeling in Atlanta.
Everybody is going green these days and new windows can help you do the same. The Department of Energy’s Energy Star Program outlines several guidelines for energy efficient windows. Their rating systems make it easier for consumers to pick the best windows for their budget at the same time protecting the environment and reducing energy usage.
When you’re shopping for new windows, look for the U-value. This measures how resistant a window is to heat loss. A window with a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, or SHGC rating, has been tested for heat transference or how much heat passes through the glass and into your home. This is especially important to know if you want to beat another Atlanta summer. If your windows are letting heat in, then your air conditioner has to work twice as hard to keep you cool. When reading the U-value and the SHGC rating, the lower the score, the better the window.
The Perfect Frame
The right window paired with the perfect frame will ensure you home against the elements. There are several different types of materials used in window framing. Vinyl is among the more popular choices because it is relatively inexpensive but still very durable. It molds tightly to glass creating a seal and preventing air leakage. Wood is a classic choice for older homes that want to retain the vintage look, however, it requires more upkeep than other materials and is susceptible to wood rot and mold if not properly treated. Aluminum frames are able to withstand hurricane-force winds for homes that are closer to the coast, but they are not as good as fiberglass when it comes to heat loss. Fiberglass is usually more expensive compared to other materials but it is well worth the investment. It has a low thermal conductivity rating and it is not prone to rot, mold, or warping.
Your Window to the World
The design of your window can also greatly affect your home’s interior. Three common window designs include double-hung, casement, and picture. Double-hung windows are common in Atlanta however, in extreme climates the space between the sliding panels is prone to air leakage. Casement windows open out from the home with help from a hand crank. When closed, the casement style window creates a very tight seal making it more energy efficient. Picture windows do not open; they are more for aesthetic purposes. For this style, double-paned glass with argon-filled interiors is a must to protect against heat transfer.
For more information on window installation and remodeling services in Atlanta, contact the professionals at Aboud, Inc.