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The Facts About Windows


April 26, 2016

Windows have a bigger impact on your home than you might think. They are not just light sources or portals through which to view the outside world; windows can affect your energy bill, your home’s temperature, and even your health and wellbeing.

Fun Facts About Windows

  • Skylights provide 30% more light than windows that are the same exact size.
  • You can reduce noise by installing insulated or double-pane windows. Wider air space between the panes is more effective at cutting out sound.
  • Windows should be replaced every 20 years or earlier.
  • A window replacement can have an average return-on-investment (ROI) of 78.6%, thus making up for window repair costs.
  • Wood windows act as a great insulator against extreme temperatures, but they are more expensive and require more maintenance. Wood tends to expand and contract.
  • Aluminum windows are durable and affordable, but they do not protect as well against the heat and cold as other kinds.
  • The most expensive type of window is clad. Clad is made of wood frames on the inside and aluminum or vinyl on the outside.
  • Vinyl windows are cheaper and do not require a lot of maintenance, but their color can fade over time.
  • As many as one-third of homeowners are restricted on the color palettes they can use on the exterior of their homes, but composite windows can be painted to match your home’s style or comply with HOA regulations. They are also more durable than wood and vinyl.
  • Special glass treatments such as bubbled or frosted glass are great for bathrooms because they capture light but limit visibility. No need for light-blocking window treatments when the glass itself can do the trick.
  • An estimated 15% of a typical home’s wall space is covered by windows.
  • Awning windows reduce solar heat up to 77%.
  • R-value is the measurement of a window’s resistance to heat flow. The higher the R-value, the more efficient the window is.
  • Having a window coating applied by a professional can cut glare, block harmful UV rays, and minimize energy costs.

There are currently more than 50,000 businesses in the United States engaged in roofing, siding, window, and sheet metal installation. When it is time to replace your windows, rely on a company with extensive knowledge and experience.