At the top of the page, jot down the reasons for your decision to replace your windows. No kidding. It will help you focus on the options most meaningful for your situation. Some of the most common reasons for Selecting Houston Windows for your Home
- Painted shut, broken, or stuck windows
- Fogged up windows
- No UV protection, resulting in fading of interior furnishing
- Too much noise intrusion
While you could do the research on your own, Houston Window Experts can answer your questions and provide the benefit of our extensive industry knowledge on the following elements of window shopping:
Window frames are available in four materials:
- Wood frames require the most maintenance, but they provide the warmth of solid wood grains and excellent insulating properties.
- Aluminum frames are strong and won’t bow or warp in extreme heat.
- Vinyl frames are generally more energy-efficient than aluminum, and they’re low-maintenance.
- Fiberglass frames are durable, and resist rotting, rusting, warping, bowing and cracking.
If you’re not replacing all of your windows, you’ll want to try to match the existing frames for continuity.
If you’re replacing single-pane windows, you’ll be surprised at the number of options you have and the elements you need to look for and consider:
Double- or triple-pane glass
Double- or triple-pane glass insulates better and reduces energy usage during Houston’s brief winter and protects against heat build-up in the summer.
Low-E glass coatings
Low-E glass coatings improve thermal performance and provide more consistent temperatures. They also protect carpet and furniture against UV rays.
Spacers are part of the glass packages that keeps the double-or triple-panes the right distance apart for optimal insulation.
Argon and Krypton gas-filled air space
Argon and Krypton gas-filled air space between panes enhances thermal performance.
U-Factor measures heat loss. The lower the U-Factor the better the performance. The U-Factors range from 0.25 to 1.25.
Solar Heat Gain Coefficient
Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) measures solar radiation transmitted through a window. The lower the SHGC the better, and it’s expressed as a numbed between 0 and 1.
Sound Transmission Class
Sound Transmission Class (STC) rates how well windows block sound. Average double-pane windows rate between 28-32, but if you’re looking for noise reduction, look for a rating of 48+.
Obscure glass allows light into the room while protecting your privacy.
Tempered Glass, or safety glass, is extra strong, but it’s designed to break into pebble-like pieces without sharp edges.
Laminated glass, often called impact-resistant or hurricane glass, is two or more panes of glass bonded together with a plastic inner layer. Impact-resistant glass is designed to shatter on impact while remaining attached to the inside layer along with the frame itself.
While a great deal depends on the existing window openings, there still might be some leeway for one or more of these window styles:
- Awning, bay, bow, and garden
- Casement style
- Single- and double-hung
- Horizontal slider
- Picture window
Not to mention grids. Oh my, the choices you have. Depending on the manufacturer, you can have them placed between the glass panes for easy cleaning or over the glass for a traditional look.
Houston Window Experts Can Break it Down For you
As you can see, selecting Houston windows for your home is no simple task, but that’s what we’re here for. You already know what’s important to you, and once you share your concerns with us, we’ll direct you to the solutions that best answer your needs. We’ll make sure you’re aware of all your options, and we’ll keep your budget in mind as well.
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