TWENTY-FIVE FACTS ABOUT WINDOWS FOR YOUR HOME

At Paramount Siding and Windows, serving all of Denver metro, we try to share as much practical information with our customers as possible. Here we’ve collected twenty-five facts about windows for your home, which will give you a few things to think about when replacing your windows or investing in new ones.

  1. On average, windows should have a lifespan of around 20 years. If your windows collect condensation or frost, have been painted shut, or allow air in, you should consider replacing them.
  2. Skylights allow 30% more light to enter your home than vertical windows of the exact same size.
  3. Vinyl windows are usually the most affordable and low maintenance type of window.
  4. An easy cleaning ‘dual action coating’ can be applied to your window so that it automatically breaks down organic matter that collects on the surface of the glass.
  5. Awning windows can be left open during light rain, allowing ventilation without letting in water.
  6. Shatterproof glass is two to four times stronger than standard window glass and recommended in hurricane prone areas.
  7. Solid wood windows are expensive and require maintenance but provide great insulation.
  8. Double glazed windows not only reduce heat loss, but they can also reduce noise levels from the outside entering your home.
  9. 15% of the average home’s wall space is taken up by windows.
  10. Metal windows, usually made from aluminum are affordable, durable, and low maintenance, but they are not good at insulating your home.
  11. Casement windows open using a crank handle, which is useful if they are placed over sinks or countertops.
  12. Frosted or bubbled glass allow light to enter while limiting visibility, making them very useful for privacy in ground floor bathrooms.
  13. Metal clad windows are usually the most expensive, combining wooden frames with a metal shell on the outer surface.
  14. Low E-Coatings are used to reflect heat back to its source, without affecting the passing of light through a window.
  15. Tilt double hung windows for easy cleaning from the inside.
  16. Fixed windows allow light to enter and can create views, but they do not open for ventilation.
  17. Composite windows are stronger than both wood and vinyl windows and can be painted to match the interior decoration of your home.
  18. Window coatings applied to the glass can cut glare and block the UV rays that cause interior walls and carpets to fade.
  19. Metal spacers in double glazed windows allow more heat transfer than plastic or rubber ones.
  20. Light-colored shades and awnings can reduce your windows’ heat gain significantly.
  21. Inefficient glazing accounts for up to 25% of the average home’s energy bill.
  22. Beveled or colored glass can be used to create custom designs on selected windows.
  23. The R-value of a window measures its insulating capability.
  24. Single or double hung windows do not take up additional space when opened.
  25. Experienced and licensed window experts can help you make the best decisions on new or replacement windows for your home.

If you need even more information after reading these twenty-five facts about windows for your home, feel free to contact Paramount Siding and Windows in Denver, Colorado to request a consultation. We’ll provide the insight and ensure you get the right windows for your home. Our team is here to help!

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