Saturday, January 5, 2019
What is the best overall new window value for your home in DFW?
What is the best vinyl replacement windows for our Dallas area customers? The easy answer is, one that blocks solar heat gain and is Energy Star rated. But it's vital to examine all the many moving pieces involved in making informed window decisions.
Here's the most straightforward reason: Replacing old windows that have become ineffective against heat gain, and air drafts with energystar.gov certified windows had been shown to reduce household energy bills by 10-15 percent.
Now, more than ever, people looking to improve the efficiency of their homes and choosing to upgrade the windows to higher efficient ones as a way consume less energy and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. If you're like most Dallas Fort-Worth homeowners that have homes, that's over 20 years old your actively looking for value-added features and customized designs to better work with the need your home and reduce extra harmful greenhouse emissions.
Successfully designed windows that have value-added features that fit seamlessly into the lives of the end users at a cost-effective price point is one of the basic goals that need to be met.
Some windows come with many extra features that aren't necessarily standard with other window companies.
Features that are important for long lasting energy efficient windows include:
1) Double strength glass, which provides added strength against impact.
2) Premium fin seal weather-stripping that blocks out more air, dust, and pollen than standard weather seals.
3) Aluminum reinforced meeting rails that can support heavier glass without sagging.
4) Premium vinyl formulations to withstand our harsh heat and are impact resistant to hail damage.
Keep this in mind when you’re replacing your windows, many areas of Dallas Fort-Worth have specific code guidelines on energy performance we all have to follow. The newer energy codes dictate the U-factors and solar heat gain requirements that all new windows must meet. Look for windows that meet or exceed all energy requirements to avoid any problem with local codes.
So, let's talk about what makes a window energy efficient.
Sometimes the best data about window performance that could best serve your home are overlooked by the consumer, because of all the misinformation and claims about the features and benefits from individual window companies wanting to upsell unnecessary overly priced options. So, let's take some time and go over the fundamental factors that will contribute most to your new window.
What consumers should know about window basics:
The glass is the single most crucial part of a window for savings.
The glass is about 80 percent of any window, so it is capable of nearly 80 percent of the potential energy savings. Today's glass has multiple options ranging from blocking the suns heat, reducing outside noise, and specialty glass that lets light in, but, blocks viewing for privacy like obscure glass. The most prominent advancement in technology has come from the low-E glass.
Low-E glass does its best work in blocking up to 73% of the suns direct heat and nearly 95% of damaging UV rays - By far, the most effective upgrade is low-E glass when custom ordering your new windows.
What does Agron injected between insulated glass do for added performance of a window?
Argon gas is about five times denser than regular air, which means it minimizes convection currents inside of the glass unit thus reducing heat transfer through the glass unit. Argon gas is a colorless, orderless, and nontoxic gas. Argons thermal conductivity is roughly 67% that of air resulting in a 16% improvement in thermal efficiency.
The bottom line is Argon gas used in windows improves the overall efficiency of your home, and the upgrade cost is inexpensive.
Window frames are an essential consideration because it contributes to the performance of the entire window. What is needed in frames is low conductivity and structural strength to hold the big glass and to reduce heat flow through the frame material.
The most popular frames used in today's windows are vinyl because of its excellent insulating capabilities that provide long-term energy performance and the ability to withstand the elements of nature.
What is a U-Factor?
My goal here is to convey this information as quickly and efficiently as possible - not an easy task.
Window products need to be tested by NFRC a non-profit group that certifies a windows U-factor through a testing process amoung with other tests they conduct on windows to certified a windows U-factor.
This test result is on the NFRC label that applied on every window after it's completed during the manufacturing process to show its U-factor to the consumer, its a lot like a new car that has its gas mileage rating on the window sticker of a car at the dealerships.
A U-Factor measures the rate of heat transfer and tells you how well the window insulates. The slower a product transfers heat, the better, vinyl windows perform approximately 20% better than what is required by NFRC standards for Dallas Fort-Worth windows.
Replacement windows can be made to order in 1/8" increments for a more precise custom fit for any house. The result after the window has been correctly installed and sealed against weather by a trained window and door installer is a window that looks as if it came with the home.
Most window manufacturers have a limited lifetime warranty that can give you peace of mind and assurance.
The offerings of an ongoing series of educational window content focus on the homeowners can be found at http://www.aama-ntl.org/. Picking a sensible window for your home based on the list in this article will be a powerful information tool to move forward with a window purchase.
The combination of our better U-factor, tighter air seals, and best in class low-E glass adds up to a significant energy saving window.
Finally, the overall conclusion for most homeowners looking to buy replacement windows is that vinyl offers the best overall value for the price.
Don Young Company Replacement Windows
The process of shopping for new vinyl windows proved to be overwhelming for this couple. What helped them decide on Don Young windows was a visit to our showroom located in Dallas, where they were able to see all the vinyl windows options in person and go over window designs that would best suit their window openings in their house for maximum efficiency, and tour our vinyl window manufacturing department.
The vinyl windows that were installed on this Irving project were single hung vinyl windows with cardinal 366 low-E performance glass with argon gas for maximum U value and solar heat control. The critical part of a vinyl windows ability to block sun is the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (or SHGC) is a measure of how much solar energy is transmitted via your window. The glass used on this job was the www.cardinalcorp.com Cardinal 366 low-E because it blocks about 73% of direct sun's heat and rejects 95% of damaging UV rays that fade interior furnishings.
New vinyl windows using double pane installed on this beautiful home improved many different things: one was better curb appeal, which is, of course, a primary reason for investing in new vinyl windows; much better solar heat rejection from entering the house, and a quieter inside environment.
On the day of the new vinyl window installation, the installers added extra foam installation around every new vinyl window for combined sound reduction. Using a spray foam around the new windows has a few distinct benefits. One is that it seals the cavity of the window opening around the vinyl windows, which will do a great job of blocking additional sound, dust, pollen, and water from penetrating the perimeter, and second, it serves as a secondary anchor for new vinyl windows into the opening.
Having a quieter home was import to this couple because their property backs up to a bustling road that causes an excess noise problem for this home. The address common noise problem the Don Young company only uses thicker 1/8" glass combined with a 3/4" overall performance insulated glass unit on every one of our custom-made vinyl windows
The new Don Young vinyl windows toned down the extra street noises to a more acceptable level for these homeowners.
Before you, as a homeowner move forward with a replacement window job on your home, let a representative from Don Young windows contact the city of Irving for you to check for any update windows codes.
Whether you have failed glass, broken windows, or a heat problem in the summer months with your home, you will benefit from new vinyl windows custom-made for your window openings and the energy savings they can provide the year round.
The team at the Don Young company would like to thank the extra efforts made by the windows installers working on this home to get all new windows installed before the customer went on vacation.
We make all of our windows at our manufacturing facility in Dallas, and as of this writing, dycwindows.com Don Young custom vinyl windows are taking about 3-4 weeks for production time. Then the window installer will contact you directly to schedule a date to install your new windows.
Visit the Don Young replacement window showroom Monday - Friday, or call us to schedule a preferred window contractor for an estimate.
Serving: Dallas, Richardson, Plano, Irving, Flower Mound, and Grapevine. dycwindows.com
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