Deciding on new windows? While many people focus on aesthetics or coating, there’s a lot more to consider. Windows are investments and when you purchase the right type for your home, they can actually save you money in the future.
You don’t need to be a window specialist to choose a window with the highest return for your house, but to make an informed decision, you should understand the jargon of the industry.
Here are 4 key terms you should know before choosing new windows.
Operable and Fixed Windows
Do you want windows that open? Understanding the difference between operable and fixed windows is a crucial first step when choosing new windows.
Operable windows are windows that can open. How they open and close is a completely other ball game, though. There are bay windows, awning, single hung and many more.
Fixed windows remain closed – however, you can’t choose ALL fixed windows for your home. One window must open for emergency purposes. A few fixed windows throughout your house are optimum for insulation and security.
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Weatherstriping is the material used to reduce air leakage and water penetration (trust us, water damage can be costly to repair). Ensuring your windows are properly sealed is key for long-term return.
Glazes refers to the number of glass panes a window has. Typically, you’ll hear single, double or triple glazed. In Canada, it’s recommended to have at least two panes of glass (double glaze) for proper insulation, however, there are several types of glazing which affect insulation. Plastic glazing (a plastic infill material) is also available for further insulation.
Glazes can drastically affect your heating and cooling bills, so understanding which glazing is recommended for your home is important when deciding which windows to install.
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Obscure, Laminated and Crystal Groove Glass
Depending which windows you’re replacing, there are many different types of glass to choose from.
Obscure glass is primarily used in washrooms. It allows natural light in while giving you privacy.
Laminated glass is created with two panes of glass that are bonded together with a durable plastic interlayer in between. This is a great option if you’re looking to protect your furniture from harsh UV rays or looking for noise reduction.
Crystal groove glass is a beautiful option that has a design ground into the glass.
At Marlboro Windows, we offer multiple options for your home! Better yet, all of our windows are custom made! If you’re looking to install custom energy-efficient windows and doors in your home, choose a reliable company that you can trust—choose Marlboro!
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