Window Replacement Lake Stevens

Home Builder with Green City Window and Door

Window Replacement Lake Stevens can be one of your home's most attractive features. Window Replacement Lake Stevens can provide you with convenient ventilation, ease of use, superior natural light, and cleaning convenience not found in older windows. If you have an older home, or inefficient windows you could be throwing up 30% of your heating and cooling dollars out the window, literally. On average, with Window Replacement Lake Stevens, the owner could expect to recoup approximately 69% upon the sale of the home when replacing their older windows with Window Replacement Lake Stevens from Green City Window and Door.

Green City Window and Door :

We are a General Contractor with over 45 years of experience in the building trades specializing in replacing residential windows and doors. We offer the best quality, most economical and energy efficient custom replacement windows on the market. With full service to the Western Washington area, our products are professionally install, on-time and on budget from initial inspection to final project completion. Green City Window and Door is committed to providing you and other countless satisfied homeowners with the quality and value that you deserve!

We are A+ RATED accredited members of the Better Business Bureau and Master Builders Association. Rest assured your job is managed and installed by our own project managers and journeyman craftsmen. We are confident that we offer the best value for your window replacement dollar.

We as well as most other companies in this industry are selling great quality products with household names you can trust. One of the biggest differences between Green City Window and Door and our competitors is in how we market ourselves to our customers. Rather than spending tens of thousands of dollars to be seen and heard, our sales come mostly from the internet, word of mouth from customers and contractors. Our overhead costs are therefore much lower and so our prices are too. We encourage you to shop all you want because it will help you to see the secured value in the products we offer and unbeatable prices.

Today there are so many manufacturers of Window Replacement; it can be difficult to choose a quality product. Of course every Window Replacement or window salesperson claims to have the best product. There are several design elements and options to look for when choosing your Window Replacement Lake Stevens professional. Some of the elements of Window Replacement Lake Stevens are listed below:

  • IG Units - is the number of panes of insulated glass - Window Replacement Lake Stevens
  • Low-E - is "low emittance" coatings, which minimize thermal radiation (damaging rays) - Window Replacement Lake Stevens
  • Low Conductive Gas Filled - Argon or Krypton - Window Replacement Lake Stevens
  • U-Factor- heat loss rating - Window Replacement Lake Stevens
  • SHGC Factor - amount of solar radiation (heat) admitted through a window - Window Replacement Lake Stevens
  • VT - Visible Light Transmission - Window Replacement Lake Stevens

The following information will take some of the "mystery" out of window terms. Window Replacement Lake Stevens

IG Units- What is "IG" unit? Window Replacement Lake Stevens

Today, quality windows are built around what's called an insulated glass (IG) unit. An insulated glass unit starts out as two or three individual panes of glass that are chemically bonded by a sealant to spacer bars. When comparing vinyl replacement windows, always ask about the IG unit. Because not all windows or glass are alike, you should require the highest quality and performance standards. Window Replacement Lake Stevens

Low-E - is it for me? Window Replacement Lake Stevens

Low-emittance (Low-E) coatings are thin, metal or metallic oxide layers deposited on a window surface primarily to reduce the U-factor by suppressing the heat flow through the glazed window unit. Coating the inner glass surface with a low-emittance material between the glass layers, blocks a significant amount of this radiant heat transfer, which lowers the heat flow through the window. Low-E coatings are transparent to visible light. Different types of Low-E coatings have been designed to allow for high solar gain, moderate solar gain, or low solar gain. We usually recommend Low-E for any regions in your home that receive a lot of direct sunlight. One thing to remember is the windows have a slightly tinted appearance. Window Replacement Lake Stevens

Low Conductive Gas Filled Units Window Replacement Lake Stevens

An improvement that has been made to the insulating performance by the use of argon or krypton gas between the panes of glass. Normally, the space is filled with air or dry nitrogen prior to sealing the window panes together. In a sealed glass insulated window unit, air currents between the two panes of glazing carry heat to the top of the unit and settle into cold pools at the bottom. Filling the space with a less conductive gas minimizes this and the overall transfer of heat between the inside and outside is reduced. Window Replacement Lake Stevens

Argon is inexpensive, nontoxic, non-reactive, clear, and odorless. The optimal spacing for an argon- filled unit is the same as for air, about 1/2 -1 inch. Window Replacement Lake Stevens

Krypton has better thermal performance, but is more expensive to produce. Krypton is particularly useful when the space between glazings must be thinner than normally desired, for example, 1/4-inch. A mixture of krypton and argon gases is also used as a compromise between thermal performance and cost. Window Replacement Lake Stevens

The use of conductive gas filled units has significant insulating benefits but comes at higher initial cost. Window Replacement Lake Stevens

U-Factor - What exactly is it? Window Replacement Lake Stevens

The rate of heat loss is indicated in terms of the U-factor (U-value) of a window assembly. The lower the U-value, the greater a window's resistance to heat flow and the better its insulating value. Winter nighttime U-values are calculated using an outdoor air temperature of 0 degrees F and outdoor air velocity of 15 mph, indoor air temperature of 70 degrees F, and air velocity of 0 mph. This is similar to the R-value that you think of when choosing insulation except a low U-factor is better, unlike R- value which the larger the number the better. Window Replacement Lake Stevens

It is calculated as 1 divided by the R-value = U-factor. If you used this calculation R-13 insulation would have a U-factor of 0.077. Window Replacement Lake Stevens

To convert U-factor to R-value you take 1 divide by the U-factor. If you used this calculation for the average aluminum framed window with a U-factor of 1.125, your R-value would be 0.89 Window Replacement Lake Stevens

Good replacement windows depending upon the glazing options and low conductive gas fills range between 0.5 and .1 for the U-factor. Window Replacement Lake Stevens

SHGC Factor - What is it? Window Replacement Lake Stevens

Solar Heat Gain indicates the total amount of solar energy that passes through glass relative to a 1/8" (3mm) thick clear glass under the same design conditions. It includes both solar energy transmitted directly plus any absorbed solar energy subsequently re-radiated into the room. Lower values indicate better performance in reducing summer heat gain and, in turn, air conditioning loads. Your average single paned wood framed window has a SHGC of 0.98 whereas a quality replacement window will have ratings from 0.91 - 0.39 depending upon glazing options. Window Replacement Lake Stevens

VT- Visible Light Transmission Window Replacement Lake Stevens

The visible transmittance (VT) is an optical property that indicates the amount of visible light transmitted. The VT is a whole window rating and includes the impact of the frame which does not transmit any visible light. While VT theoretically varies between 0 and 1, most values are between 0.3 and 0.8. The higher the VT, the more light is transmitted. A high VT is desirable to maximize daylight. Window Replacement Lake Stevens

I hope this article helped demystify the terms used when you are contemplating your new vinyl replacement window purchase. Purchasing a quality window is only a part of the equation. The installation is the largest factor of how your windows will perform. Take great care installing and insulating around your existing openings and windows to assure you receive the maximum performance possible from your new windows. Window Replacement Lake Stevens

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