With the summer months quickly approaching, the time for home improvement season is almost upon us. Behind roofing installing, replacing the windows in one’s home is among the most extensive (and expensive) projects one can undertake.
Take it from Style Roofing, the top roofing installers in Northern Virginia, choosing which windows to buy can be just as taxing as the installation process itself. Regardless of which models are chosen, every buyer will face a trade-off between cost and energy efficiency—over time, windows designed to be more efficient can make a significant difference in your energy consumption, saving you money!
Because many homeowners aren’t sure what to look for when purchasing new windows, Style Roofing gives the following advice:
Only buy windows that have the Energy Performance Ratings label from the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). The information on this label not only certifies that the window is energy efficient under federal regulations, but it will provide more information about the window specifications—ultimately assisting buyers in making a more informed decision.
The Insulation (“U Factor”) of a window determines how resistant it is to allowing heat to pass through. Ranging from 0.20 to 1.20, the lower the U Value, the better a window is at preventing heat flow. Ideally, a homeowner looking to retain heat would want to buy windows with the lowest U Value, within budget.
By checking the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC), one can determine how much solar radiation is permitted through a window. Windows with a lower solar heat gain coefficient allow less solar heat to transmit through a home.
Often times, heat loss and gain happens because air leakage, due to racks in the window assembly. Windows that have a lower air leakage level are more likely to prevent air from flowing through it—keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter, all while minimizing energy costs!
When it comes time to replace the windows for your home, keep these simple but important suggestions in mind. Style Roofing knows how stressful home improvement projects can be, and encourage homeowners to purchase the right materials the first time. The aforementioned tips will not only make the buying process easier, it will save money too!