Widows are at first glance can appear as simple to very sophisticated pieces of glass panes that are strategically placed and attached to a wall. But when you come to think of it, these wonderful pieces of glass brings a lot of good benefits to many homes all over the world.
Good quality windows can provide a home with good amounts of energy savings. On the other hand, about 25% increase of the total energy bill are caused by leaky and drafty windows. To avoid this, every home will need energy efficient windows to ensure that energy is always placed to good use and not wasted. In the market, there are various kinds and styles of replacement windows that come with energy saving features. Oftentimes, they are indicated with an Energy Star label. About 15% of the total energy bill can be saved with energy saving windows.
Double pane replacement windows are known to reduce good amounts of noise pollution. These windows are known to have about an inch of air gap between the panes. And the thicker the glass panes, the better noise reduction capacity can be expected. Homes that are very close to the road and in the city usually use double pane windows to make sure they sleep and relax better without the noise of outside traffic.
High quality windows should be replaced with brand new units every two decades or less. There are many ways to tell when to replace old windows. If air leak is present, wind, or drafts, then it should be replaces. Accumulation of thick condensation in the glass panes will also indicate that the window needs a new replacement.
Most windows known today are made of glass in combination of other materials. These other materials generally include wood, aluminum, clad, and vinyl which make up the frames. Each material can have its pros and cons. The right use of these windows will generally depend on the kind of protection the house needs.
Aluminum window frames are usually affordable and perhaps the most affordable of all varieties. On top of that, they are also very low maintenance but still are very durable. But despite its popularity among many homes, many low quality aluminum windows lose heat and cold very easily thus are not considered to be energy savers.
The clad windows are very, very expensive but are also very reliable frame materials. These windows are usually composed of a metal with a wooden core or vinyl shell. The metal protects the wood, and the wood lessens the transfer of heat and cold.