Get the Right Windows
Three basic steps to make sure you’re up to date with the changing window market.
Synopsis: Asa Christiana details the three basic steps when it comes to choosing windows: choosing function, material, and glass. He outlines the different types of windows, from tilt-turns to fixed-frames to swingers and sliders, along with details of the performance pros and cons of each. He describes relative costs of different materials from vinyl to aluminum to fiberglass, composites, and wood, along with their durability and popularity. Finally he discusses glazing, including the use of double-pane vs. triple-pane and the prevalence of low-e glass. The article also breaks down a ratings label for window glass and what the various numbers mean, from U-factor to solar heat-gain coefficient (SHGC) to air leakage (AL).
Whether you’re building or remodeling, you’ve got one good shot at getting the shell of the house right. In terms of energy efficiency, windows are always the weakest link in the building envelope. So it pays to make…