Your Window Guide Step-By-Step
Meet Jordan, Jordan is a first-time homeowner in Colorado that is interested in replacing her windows. Jordan wasn’t sure where to start. She thought a good place to start might be learning the basics about windows and knowing the right terminology to help better communicate with a contractor about her project.
Well Jordan, you’re in good hands! Here’s our personal window guide step-by-step to help you on your window journey. Let’s get started!
Step 1: Understanding The Anatomy Of Your Window
Jordan, as you start your window journey it’s important to know the anatomy of your window. Knowing the anatomy helps identify problem areas and makes it easier to communicate with your contractor.
Here’s a guide to your window:
Frame– structure that encloses windows
Glass– can be called the glazing or light
Grille also known as Muntins – it is the decorative part that divides the glass into panes
Head– horizontal part that makes up the top of the frame
Sash– the rails on the top and bottom and the stiles on the side to hold the glass in place
Sill– vertical part that runs along the base of the frame
Stile– Vertical part of sash, positioned on the sides of the window
Step 2: Picking The Best Pane
Now that you can identify different parts of your window it’s crucial to know what different types of windows panes can do for your home. The amount of window panes you have can significantly change the energy efficiency and comfortability in your home.
Single-Pane (also known as Single Glass Glazing)
A single-pane window only has one pane of glass. This type of window offers little protection from the heat and cold. Single-pane should not be at the top of your list if you’re living in Colorado, it’s the least energy efficient window.
Double-Pane (also known as Double Glass Glazing)
Double-pane windows have two layers of glass and are the most common type of window found in homes. These types of windows are popular due to their greater energy efficiency, durability, and lower noise pollution. Double-pane windows are great for homeowner’s looking to get energy savings and enjoy a quieter home.
Triple-Pane (also known as Triple Glass Glazing)
Triple-pane glass offers the greatest energy efficiency by having three layers of glass. The extra pane provides a durable, heavy, and quality window that keeps your home protected. This type of window is best for homeowner’s looking to heavily regulate their home’s temperature and greatly reduce noise pollution.
Step 3: Choosing Your Glass
Time for Step 3! We’ve identified the three types of window panes you can have and now it’s time to learn more about the different types of glass available. Here’s a quick guide into the types of glass available for your windows.
Insulated glass inserts a layer of gas in between your two panes of glass to help regulate your home’s temperature and increase energy efficiency. It helps keep the heat in during the winter and keep the cool in during the summer. Most windows sold today come with gas in between the panes. Here are some pros and cons of choosing insulated glass for your home.
- Security & Safety
- Difficult to open/break-in from the outside
- Energy Efficiency
- Gas inside is denser and makes it harder for heat and cold air to escape
- Reduce Noise Pollution
- Insulated glass can help slightly reduce noise pollution
- Fog On Your Glass
- Gap in between pane causes cloudiness
- Costs between $150-$800 per window
- Difficult To Replace
- If you’re window is damaged you’ll have to consider replacing the whole window
Tinted and Coated Glass
We’re not just talking about car tints when we say tinted or coated glass. This is another great window option that can add color to your windows, increase privacy, and add a unique flare to your home. There are three types of tinting available: solar window, security window, and decorative. Based on what you’re looking for you can find a tint that fits your needs. These are the advantages and disadvantages that come with choosing this type of glass.
- Added Privacy
- Tint makes it difficult for outsiders to look into your home
- It would take an intruder awhile to break through the tint and window
- Solar Protection
- Blocks out harmful UV rays that can damage electronics, fabric, and furniture
- Block Heat
- Less sunshine getting in during the Winter could mean using the heat more and costing you money
- Costs $5-$8 per square foot
- Less Effective At Night
- With your home’s lights on a passerby might be able to see in
Window tinting is a great option for homeowners that value security, decorative windows, and want to take advantage of energy efficiency. It’s important to find the right fit for you and weigh the pros and cons.
Low- E Glass
Low-E Glass windows are low-emissivity and emit low levels of radiant heat. These windows are a superior insulator and is available in two coatings. The coatings are thinner than a piece of hair! You can have a soft coating which is applied after the glass is made and has increased energy efficiency. The hard coating is applied when the glass is being made and is more durable for storm windows and doors. The coating allows light in but blocks most UV rays which are felt as heat. Here are the pros and cons for these windows.
- Improved Energy Efficiency
- Designed to be energy efficient
- Less UV Damage
- UV rays won’t be able to make it through the window as easily
- Reduce Condensation
- Low-E Windows minimize or eliminate condensation
- Costs $40-$55 per window to add it to your existing windows
- Blocks Heat
- In colder climates, not having heat from the sun can make it colder in your home
Tempered glass is a window that is heated to a high temperature and cooled quickly. This process strengthens the outer layer of the glass to help it withstand potential impacts. This type of glass should only be used in certain places in your home such as skylights, shower doors, windows adjacent to a door, etc. Though it should only be used in certain places it’s important to be aware of the pros and cons.
- Heat Resistant
- It won’t shatter when exposed to high temperatures like regular glass
- If broken, it shatters into pebble-sized pieces
- Rare Spontaneous Glass Failure
- The compression strength might cause it to shatter out of nowhere
- It can develop waves in the glass distorting the view
- Costs $12-$14 per square foot.
Although its better to use this type of glass in certain areas of your home it is still a great choice for homeowners looking for a more secure home and a safer window in case of an emergency.
If you’re looking for added security, laminated glass is a great option. Laminated glass is made by gluing an extra two or more layers of glass together. You can also change the color, design, and thickness of the glass based on your needs. The extra layers make it difficult to break into and with its flexible nature it will crack when it breaks rather than shatter.
- Reduces Noise Pollution
- Layers of glass make it difficult for sound waves to travel through
- UV Protection
- Special film blocks UV from damaging interior furniture
- Withstands extreme weather like hurricanes or tornadoes
- Poor Installation
- Finding a professional helps ensure these windows meet their abilities when put in
- Costs up to $950 per window
These windows are best for noise reduction. If you’re tranquility involves peace and quiet, laminated glass is a great option. It’s UV protection and impact-resistance make it a great window upgrade.
Alright Jordan, that was a lot of information! Hopefully you’re feeling more confident in your window knowledge and feel comfortable starting your window project as an expert. Now it’s time to find a contractor that can help guide you through your project.
Why Endeavor Exteriors?
Your home might be your biggest investment and upgrading your windows should be at the top of your project list. New windows add value, save you money, and protect you and your family. You’ll need a contractor that is experienced and has your best interest at heart. Endeavor Exteriors gives you clear communication throughout your whole project and strives to give you a better experience. We put your experience first and create a worry-free project from start to finish. Whether you’re working on a window project or another exterior project, we’re here to help. Give us a call today!
By: Makenna Maikish