At Rescom Exteriors we try to bring some order out of this chaos. Our window professionals are fully trained in all aspects of replacement window design, construction and installation, and can speak knowledgably on the windows we install, as well as other manufacturers’ windows.
If you do nothing else when reviewing your window replacement options, we advise you to choose the very best glass package you can find. Because the glass takes up so much of the window area it is the one component that can have the biggest impact on energy savings. In evaluating your glass options, look for three important components:
- Low-e (low emissivity) coating. A low-e coating is a microscopically thin layer of perforated metal that is applied like a “barely there” coating on window glass. But the performance improvement this thin layer delivers is dramatic. Low-e coatings reflect energy, helping to keep the outside cold from entering your home while retaining the warm air inside. Plus, low-e coating can reflect harmful UV rays to reduce fading of drapes, rugs and upholstered furniture.
- Argon Gas. You can’t see it, but the narrow space between panes of glass in your window (and every window should be double-pane or triple-pane!) is filled with inert argon Because of its chemical properties, argon does not permit the transmittal of heat or cold, thus significantly reducing energy transfer.
- Warm Edge Spacers. The benefits gained with low-e coating and argon gas can be wiped out if a replacement window manufacturer “cheaps out” on the small connectors that secure the window glass to the window frame. These are called “spacers,” and they can be made of metal, vinyl or composite material. Conventional windows use aluminum, which is highly conductive and creates an easy path for energy loss. Our Bristol Windows use “warm edge” technology that ensure the spacers do the job of preventing energy transfer.
We’d be happy to demonstrate how a modern, energy efficient replacement window is engineered so you can make the best decision for your home’s windows. Call Rescom Exteriors at (866) 410-5884 to schedule a free in-home consultation and estimate.