Windows are just made up of a piece of glass and a wood frame, right?
Not anymore! Windows started out that simple, but over time with the advances in construction and even science, windows have become a lot more complicated.
Windows now come in different shapes and different colors. They are made with a wide variety of materials for both the frame and the glass, and are created to have specific functions unique to each design.
The Glass That Makes Up Your Windows
Most windows now are made with two or more panes of glass in them (double paned) and sometimes there are even three pieces of glass (triple paned). These multiple panes of glass in the windows serve to make the window safer, keep the frost on the outside instead of the inside, and acts as a layer of insulation to keep the inside temperature of your home better regulated.
Windows also come with the option of being just the plain clear glass that we have used on our home for hundreds of years, or they can have a special glazing on them. These glazed windows work in two different ways, but the main focus is to decrease the power of the sun’s rays that enter your home.
To complicate things further, even the glazing has two different options available – tinted or low-e.
The Window Frames
Window frames can be made from wood, metal, aluminum, vinyl, and Fibrex. Fibrex is a special material that we created to give homeowners a window frame that is durable and also low maintenance.
The material that the frames are made out of can affect how energy efficient your window is, which ends up making a huge difference to how high your utility bill goes. Each of the different materials also has a different durability life and will affect how often you will have to replace your windows.
It may seem that having so many choices when it comes to picking out a window to your home is more trouble than it’s worth, but it really isn’t. Having a large variety helps people to find a window that is just right for their home and finances, because as homeowners not all of our needs are the same.
To help make the process less complicated contact one of our window specialists today and they will walk you through the whole process.