Truth About Replacing Your Windows and Doors

The Truth About Upgrading to Energy Efficient Windows and Doors

We’ve all heard about the benefits of replacing your windows and doors with energy efficient ones. For some of you, hearing about the benefits and savings was enough to make you invest in purchasing energy efficient windows and doors. For others, you may need more to be convinced. Well we have you covered. Glass Express Inc. came across an article in Atlanta Home Improvement Magazine that debunks the myths of energy efficient products.

Myth #1 – Replacing your windows and doors won’t really save that much energy

The Truth – Replacing old windows with energy efficient ones can save a significant amount of energy. In reports published by the U.S. Department of Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 2006, it was stated that if half the homes using single-pane windows in the U.S. upgraded to energy-efficient ones, approximately 20 million BTUs would be saved per year.

Myth #2 – Changing your windows and doors will cost more money than it will save

The Truth – Replacing the windows and doors of your home is an investment. However, it’s a worthwhile investment. Recovery of this investment in home value and energy savings is dependent upon the length of time you stay in your home after the replacement. Energy-efficient windows and doors can reduce monthly heating and cooling bills by up to 20%.

Myth #3 – It’s better to repair windows and doors than replace them. Repairs are less expensive and can make the windows and doors energy-efficient.

The Truth – If the repair is not quick and easy, then replacing your windows and doors is a better option.When you replace a window or door, you have the ability to choose from different style and energy ratings. When repairing a broken door or window, it’s almost impossible to increase its energy efficiency.

To read the full article on the truths of upgrading to energy efficient windows and doors, click here.

New Year New Windows

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It’s that time of year again…time to embrace your New Year’s resolutions to be a better you. While you typically think of resolutions as improving your health, finances or getting organized, try out something new for 2016, update your home and decrease your energy bill (which can also help your financial resolution).

New windows can kickstart your 2016 and leave you with lower energy bills, more light, and updated design. Check out why new windows should be on your 2016 resolution list.

Lower Energy Cost

If saving more and spending less is one of your resolutions, then getting new windows can help you reach your goal. Insulated windows keep extreme temperatures outside which reduces adjustments to your heating and cooling system.

Light

Natural light can drastically change any room in your home. Newer windows have larger glass to allow more light into your home and can make your home appear brighter, more welcoming, and comfortable.

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Updated Design

Not only can new windows bring in more natural light to change a room, they can also update your home to fit your particular style. Windows can be a great, simple way to add a facelift to your home.

Noise Reduction

Do you have loud neighbors, or live next to a busy street? If the noise outside is keeping you up at night consider replacement windows to reduce outside noise.

Although new windows is not what you typically think of when you make your New Year’s resolutions, they can be a great way to start your year and help meet your other resolutions along the way. Call your experts at Glass Express to get started today!

5 Benefits of Insulated Glass

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If you have experienced an Indiana winter, you know they are anything but warm. If you feel the need to wear a winter coat in the comfort of your own home, then it is time to consider insulated glass. With winter around the corner, the experts at Glass Express are here to shine a light on the benefits of insulated glass.

Reduce Home Heating & Cooling Cost

While the winters seem to get colder, and the summers hotter, you notice your heating and cooling bills increasing to alarmingly high rates. Insulated windows can help reduce your heating and cooling cost by reducing heat loss in the winter, and keeping cool air circulating in the summer.

Reduced Condensation

The consistent airflow and higher humidity levels insulated glass allows reduces the levels of condensation on your windows.

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Noise Reduction

Regardless if it is the kids playing outside, or the teenager’s loud music, insulated windows, can help reduce noises from outside the house. Finally, thanks to the air between the panes you can have some peace and quiet!r

Versatile

If you are concerned that your current infrastructure will prevent you from installing insulated windows, don’t be! Insulated windows perform well with all materials and can easily be custom fit to your current home.

Improve Comfort and Health

Insulated windows regulate a home’s temperature and allow for better air quality. No longer will you need a new outfit every time you enter a new room with the even air temperature insulated windows will provide!
Still not convinced? Talk to our glass experts to see how insulated glass can benefit you today.

6 Steps to Make Your Windows Ready for Winter

There’s just nothing like the way the sun glistens off a fresh layer of new snow, that is, of course when we are looking out a new, clean, energy efficient window. We’ve yet to experience that first major snow in Indianapolis this year but believe me, it’s coming! Windows have a lot to do with how you and your family will enjoy the winter season this year in your home.

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Remember how you felt last winter? Last winter might bring bitter memories of indicators that it might be time to replace some windows. If replacing windows isn’t in your budget this year, here are six steps to take to help make your windows ready for winter.

  • Wash your windows. Yes, I said wash them. Having a clean window on the inside and out allows the maximum amount of sunlight into your room helping you to see better and to keep warm. Not only will you enjoy the benefits of unobstructed visible light but it will also give you the opportunity to make a careful inspection of each window in your home or business.
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  • Repair cracks in window seals and caulking. Weatherstripping around windows as well as door frames helps a great deal in keeping heat in and cold air out.

  • Repair old, weak frames that show signs of deterioration. Maintaining the structural soundness of your windows will prevent gaps for drafts and possible pressure cracks.

  • Install Storm Windows. Storm windows can be interior or exterior.  These windows provide a much needed extra window layer for older window systems.

  • Don’t forget the basement! When the bottom floor of your home or office is cold it takes longer and more energy to heat your entire building.

  • Cut back any weak, low-hanging tree branches. If covered in heavy snow, they can cause damage to your building’s exterior and represent a threat to your windows.

If you’re living or working in a space with obvious signs that the windows might need replaced, such as curtains that sway in the draft or windows that have frost on the inside, perform all the steps on this list. Then, call Glass Express to consider replacing even a couple of windows at a time.

Windows have a significant impact on the heating and cooling efficiency of a home. New window technology that is going to keep you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer not only looks beautiful, it stretches your dollar, making it a win-win.

Consider new energy efficient windows to keep you comfortable and ensure that this year you will enjoy those beautiful snowy winter mornings.

Discerning Energy Efficiency

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Discerning the real difference in new windows today can be confusing for a buyer.  No doubt all window companies are trying to put their best foot forward and make the sale. The ball is in the court of the buyer to have a firm understanding of their own needs as well as the benefits of updated windows. Here are a few simple guidelines to help any homeowner discerning a new window purchase.

First, while new windows are going to have a night and day difference in energy efficiency, this difference is not going to pay you back over night.  Again, the difference between your new windows energy efficiency and the old ones you are having replaced is huge. They are amazingly more efficient and that factor is going to save you money every month. Just remember it takes quite a few months, like so many it equals several years, to make up for the investment you put into your new windows.  That doesn’t mean it’s not worth it; we just don’t want you going into any large purchase decision with fog in your window already.

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So, let’s make sense of those energy efficiency numbers to make sure you are buying the best window for the demographics you live in.  U-Factor; the U-Factor is a measure of how well your window keeps heat in.  Usually measured on a scale from 0.20 to 1.20.  In this case the lower the number the better the window traps heat or keeps heat inside your home.  Solar heat gain coefficient or SHGC is the measure of how well your window blocks heat coming from the exterior of your home.  The SHGC is measured on a scale from 0 to 1. Lower numbers block the greatest amount of heat entering your home and higher number allow more heat from the sun to penetrate into your home.  Here in the Midwest, having a low SHGC rating is not paramount on the list. And finally, the Visible Transmittance energy rating.  Visible transmittance or VT is the measure of how much visible light a window lets in.  Also measured between 0 and 1, visible light is desirable to boost the amount of daylight streaming in your windows.  Every individual homeowner needs to consider the benefits of higher VT weighed against personal facts like home location, orientation to the sun, window surface area, and shade from elements outside such as trees.

 Information is power, even when shopping for widows.  Be the smart consumer you are and go into a discussion about newer more efficient windows with the energy fog cleared from your eyes.  And remember, newer more beautiful windows are only as good as the quality installation job of the company who put them in. Call Glass Express for all your window replacement needs and we’ll make sure certified installers give you the long term window experience your research deserves.

Are You a Candidate for Window Replacement?

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There’s a reason late summer and early fall are most people’s favorite time of the year, it’s gorgeous outside! It’s so great outside right now, many of us are inclined to let a little of the outside in. We’re washing the windows and opening them up to make sure the sunlight pours in and the breeze flows through! For those with high quality windows, this exercise brings pure joy. For those of you with one or more of the following problems, this exercise might be a source of frustration and further indication of the fact that you might be a candidate for window replacement or repair. If. . .

  • Your windows don’t open or close properly. Other than being a complete pain when you want to adjust them, this problem leads to other more dramatic performance problems. Windows that do not open and close properly are not keeping what you want in or what you want out. Meaning the transfer of air, bugs and insects, as well as safety issues all can be considered collateral damage of a poor functioning window.

  • Your home feels dark and dreary on the brightest of autumn days. Old windows can not only be dingy on the outside but they can also keep the inside of your home a bit gloomy as well. Now we’re not going to try and convince you that light isn’t coming in those old windows, of course it is, but new windows with low-impassivity coatings can help to broadcast more visible light and, most importantly, they control the transfer of heat reducing energy loss by 30%.

  • Your windows no longer keep the noise outside. Or did they ever? Do you even know what it’s like to live in a quiet house? The most immediate change customers of new windows notice is noise reduction. They can’t believe how quiet their house is!  If noise pollution has become noticeable inside your home, new windows might be part of your home’s solution.

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  • You haven’t updated your homes windows to include functioning locks and improved tempered glass, you have another good reason to consider replacement. Safety in a home is worth every dollar, just ask someone who suffered a break-in or worse, a window glass accident on old windows that are too close to the floor without proper glass. Security locks and tempered glass that won’t shatter on impact for low windows come standard on every new window we replace.

By upgrading homes windows you’ll see improvements in functionality, energy efficiency, sound proofing, and safety. Features that pay their owner back and let more light into their lives.

Long Term Window Performance

Long term window performance is a key consideration for anyone deciding to invest in new windows.  Here are a few considerations to make when going through the purchasing process.

The quality of the materials your window has been built with has a good deal to do with your windows longevity.  When choosing windows, we understand several factors go into the choice of window material.  Price, style preference, and maintenance requirements might all affect the final decision of window material. To more or lesser degrees; vinyl, fiberglass, aluminum and wood can all be a high quality material for new windows.  Just assure yourself you will face the decision head on perfectly aware that the best materials last the longest.

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Outside of wear and tear performance, the second consideration is energy efficiency. You’re not only a fiscally savvy consumer, you also want to save the planet.  So, going with windows that have a high energy star rating do both.  You have the greatest return on your investment in energy bill savings in your pocket and you save natural resources for our planet.  Bam, you’re awesome.

Third, while customers always consider aesthetics such as color and style matching for the their homes’ windows, they don’t always consider a design change in size.  Look for small (or large) changes in design that will pay you dividends in value for years to come.  Always wanted to change that living room window into a bay window or have a picture window that you wished was just a little smaller? Natural light and curb appeal are worth a lot!  We’re just saying, if you’re changing out the window anyway. . .consider design!

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Lastly, no matter the material, energy performance, or great design, finding a manufacturer that has attention to detail during installation will also have a great effect on the longevity of your window. In today’s window market, finding professionals that are precise, efficient, and with skills that are trustworthy can be challenging.  Doing your homework and asking friends and neighbors for references will be a huge help in this area. Pick a high quality installation team like the one at Glass Express to make sure the windows you choose will be the windows you love for years to come!

6 Tips for Energy Efficient Window in Winter

We at Glass Express love waking up on the morning of the first heavy winter snowfall. There’s just nothing like the way the sun glistens off a fresh layer of new snow, that is, of course when we are looking out a new, clean, energy efficient window. Windows have a lot to do with how you and your family will enjoy the winter season this year in your home.

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Remember how you felt last winter? Last winter might bring memories of indicators that it might be time to replace some windows. If replacing windows isn’t in your budget this year, here are six steps to take to help make sure your windows are ready for winter.

  1. Wash your windows. Yes, I said wash them. Having a clean window on the inside and out allows the maximum amount of sunlight into your room helping you to see better and to keep warm. Not only will you enjoy the benefits of unobstructed visible light but it will also give you the opportunity to make a careful inspection of each window in your home or business.
  2. Repair cracks in window seals and caulking. Weatherstripping around windows as well as door frames helps a great deal in keeping heat in and cold air out.
  3. Repair old, weak frames that show signs of deterioration. Maintaining the structural soundness of your windows will prevent gaps for drafts and possible pressure cracks.
  4. Install Storm Windows. Storm windows can be interior or exterior. These windows provide a much needed extra window layer for older window systems.
  5. Don’t forget the basement! When the bottom floor of your home or office is cold it takes longer and more energy to heat your entire building.
  6. Cut back any weak, low-hanging tree branches. If covered in heavy snow, they can cause damage to your building’s exterior and represent a threat to your windows.

If you’re living or working in a space with obvious signs that the windows might need replaced, such as curtains that sway in the draft or windows that have frost on the inside, perform all the steps on this list,  and call Glass Express to consider replacing even a couple of windows at a time.

Windows have a significant impact on the heating and cooling efficiency of a home. You might even think about installing those high-performance low emission windows we were telling you about in our last post. New window technology that is going to keep you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer looks beautiful and stretches your dollar, making it a win-win.

Getting the most out of your windows keeps you comfortable and ensures that if you want to you can stop and enjoy those beautiful first snowy winter mornings.

Fall Window Replacement

As the leaves begin to fall and colder winds start to blow, Autumn is a perfect time of year to analyze your homes window repair needs. Almost one third of a home’s heat loss finds it’s way outdoors through a home’s windows. While Glass Express is always there for your emergency window repairs such as an errant football, or heaven forbid, a break-in, there are also several reasons to consider replacing some or all of your windows before the winter weather sets in.

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Drafty, Rattling, Thin Windows

Drafty around your place? That annoying breeze is likely to be the result of faulty, old windows. If you’ve noticed that over the years your windows are no longer the sound barrier that they once were, chances are they are not only allowing in unwanted noise but are also letting unwanted air inside.

Cracked or Chipped Windows

You also may have a draft due to an existing crack in your window. Although they appear to be thin, cracks are no longer keeping the elements of weather out of your home. Moisture and air are entering your home. Even chipped glass is risk to your home. Not only does that window allow air to come through, it is also more likely to break which opens the door to an unintended injury. Chipped or cracked windows are costing you additional money each month in the form of heating and cooling, but may be the result of new gaps around the seal of the window that are also invitations to unwanted bugs.

Bad Seals or Rotten Panes

Many good houses were built with materials that were once top of the line but are not outdated. Weather beaten and worn window seal and panes are another good reason to consider window replacement.

Examine your home’s windows from the inside and exterior of your home. Call Glass Express for a professional, thorough inspection to consider the condition of your current windows and your window repair or replacement options.

Window repair or replacement will save you valuable time and money and leave you ready for winter warmer, safer and satisfied.

Double-pane? Insulated? Double glazed? Triple glass window panes?

So many names for the same kind of product! Double or triple-paned insulated windows are windows manufactured with 2 or 3 pieces of glass with an air space between them.The air space provides a temperature shield to reduce heat being transferred through the glass. Insulated or double-paned windows are also useful for sound dampening when noise is a concern. Insulated glass may be laminated or tempered for further energy efficiency or strength.Energy Efficient Window

Insulated windows using the double-pane process were invented in the 1930s. In the 1950s, the Thermopane brand name was the most popular. The manufacturing process is well established and now the innovation comes through improving the energy efficiency of the windows.

The best insulating comes from having the correct thickness of the air space in between the double panes. Too little space and the heat is transferred through the glass and too much space allows convection currents between the glass to transfer heat between the The thickness of the insulated glass unit is also impacted by the strength of the frame.

Generally the thickness of a double-paned window works well in commercial and residential uses. Triple-paned windows further reduce heat loss but are often too heavy for most residential and commercial applications.