Sound Renovation Services: Windows
When you are in the process of constructing a new building, window selection and installation is simple. You work with a professional contractor to choose a style and color that matches the design. You choose the most energy efficient option available and it becomes part of the overall construction project.
When you are retrofitting your established home or building with replacement windows, you go through similar motions, but you are calculating a return on the investment through energy savings and increased value. Therefore, the window selection, installation and energy value are part of a larger calculation.
Modern choices in replacement windows go way beyond color, single or double hung, casement or basement, and wood or aluminum framing. The customer also has the option of double or triple pane glass, argon or krypton gas between panes, and low e glass.
In today's multi pane windows, argon or krypton gas is used between the panes to displace air. Argon is effective in preventing frost buildup on windows along with offering a level of noise reduction. Krypton gas is a good but expensive alternative to argon. It is a better insulator, offering up to a 40 percent lower energy bill.
Installation of windows is best done by a professional installer. Older homes may still have lead based paint on its trim. Trim removal or sanding can release lead into the air. Lead contaminated dust can then be pulled into the home. A professional EPA Master Renovator will have received training on proper work practices when disturbing lead paint as the old windows and trim are removed.
Poorly installed windows may cause the loss of any energy savings low e or argon gas windows offer. Windows that are not properly seated, sealed or trimmed can leak air through small gaps and cracks in the surround. An American Architectural Manufacturers Association certified installer has the training to install your windows correctly, giving you peace of mind.
Replacing inefficient windows in your home or business can be a great way to update the appearance and improve energy use when heating and cooling the structure. A professional installer can help you choose the best option for your needs.