Homeowners have many options when it comes to the attributes that are important in replacement windows. They need to consider:
- Energy savings
- Frame material
- Color options
- Noise intrusion
- Glass package
- UV protection
Houston Window Experts offers a wide selection of window brands from top manufacturers, and we’ll help you make the decision that’s right for you. In this post, we’ll address one of the most popular combinations – Houston vinyl windows with dual panes.
Why Vinyl Frames?
While there are benefits to vinyl, aluminum, and fiberglass frames, vinyl ranks highest when it comes to energy efficiency. Since they don’t transfer heat or cold like aluminum frames do, they keep the heat inside in winter and outside in the summer, contributing to lower energy bills.
Vinyl windows can’t be painted, so you won’t have to worry about painting, scraping, or staining. Keep this in mind when you choose a color. Vinyl windows come in colors ranging from champagne to forest green.
They’re resistant to the elements and require very little maintenance. Soap and water will do the trick. Vinyl frames won’t rust or corrode.
High-performance vinyl frames are durable yet inexpensive compared to other frame materials.
What Happens When You Pair Vinyl Windows With Dual Pane Glass?
Some say you get the best of both worlds. So what does a dual pane bring to the party?
Since Houston experiences long hot summers and short but cold winters, your heating and cooling systems get a lot of use. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, installing double pane windows can reduce energy costs by an average of $500 annually.
Although glass packages specifically designed for noise reduction are usually triple-pane, if you’re replacing old, single-pane windows with dual pane vinyl windows, you’re sure to notice a reduction in noise intrusion. It just stands to reason.
Increased Home Value
You may be hesitant to undergo the expense of having new windows installed, but think of the enjoyment you’ll experience while you’re in your home, and the increased value when you sell. Potential home buyers appreciate all the energy savings, noise reduction, curb appeal, and safety of the dual-pane windows, but they’re really glad they don’t have to undertake the expense themselves. Convenience has value.
Older windows may contain lead or asbestos, but when you replace them with dual-pane windows, you can rest assured that the windows you buy today are made from 100% safe materials. In addition, new dual-pane windows have stronger frames, and the extra layer of glass adds another layer of protection from intrusion.
Who You Gonna’ Call?
Houston Window Experts can help you decide among the other options available when buying replacement windows, like the type of glass to buy. Dual pane glass if the first step, but then you need to decide if you want it to be:
- Low-E glass for added energy efficiency
- Tempered glass to reduce injury from broken glass
- Hurricane glass which is recommended for coastal communities
Houston Window Experts will be by your side from our first conversation through the installation of your new windows, and we won’t consider the job finished until you’re completely satisfied.