Demystifying Window Labels – SHGC? U-Factor?
When I moved to Texas almost 10 years ago I was shocked to find the majority of houses built here in the last 30 years have crappy windows. I’d be willing to bet that 90%+ of all the windows in houses built in the 80’s & 90’s had single pane aluminum (non-thermally broken) windows. I’m talking bottom of the line…
I shot this video a week ago at a new house of mine where we are using Marvin Integrity Windows (a fantastic brand) but this video is meant to educate you generally on what to look for regardless of brand. Remember that windows are typically 1/5 or even 1/10 the insulation value of your walls/roof so even minute differences in window grade can make a large long-term impact to your energy usage. Once you see the Video I’d love your feedback about whether I covered enough for this to be helpful as you shop for new Windows for your house!
If you’d like to see more window video and reviews (including install tips) see this YouTube Playlist of my Window Reviews or my Best Practice Window Install Methods Playlist.
– Risinger Homes in Austin, TX
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