Your home’s windows can have a significant impact on the overall energy efficiency and comfort. If yours are drafty and haven’t been replaced in years, it may be time to start thinking about new windows!
When you’re in the market for new windows, there are a number of things to consider—from the style to the frame to the type. You have several options when it comes to the window’s glass.
Types of Window Glass
The glass, or glazing, of a window is important, as it can affect both its aesthetics and energy efficiency. Common types of glass include:
- Insulated: Insulated window glass, which can help you lower your energy bills, has two or more panes that are spaced apart and sealed. Some windows with insulated glass also have gas fills (usually argon or krypton). The gas is used to fill the space between the panes to provide even better energy efficiency.
- Low-E: Glass with thin low-E (low-emissivity) coatings help reduce the transfer of heat into and out of your home. Although it tends to cost more than other glazing options, low-E glass can help reduce energy loss by as much as 30 – 50 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
- Reflective: This type of glazing helps reduce the transmission of solar radiation and helps block light, and it is often used in hot climates, for special applications. Reflective coating is thin and available in many different colors.
Windows for your Home in MD, DC, or VA
Do you need new windows for your home in the Washington, DC metropolitan area? Shanco offers windows from top manufacturers like:
Windows from these manufacturers are of the highest quality and energy efficiency. Contact us to learn more about our services or if you’re ready to install new windows!