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Tricks to Extend the Lifespan of Your Windows

Buying new windows for your home is a major purchase. Luckily though, it isn't something that needs to be done often. However, few people realize that there are a few tips and tricks that can help you extend the lifespan of your new windows. My husband and I recently bought new windows and I wanted to make sure I got the most out of them, which is how I came across these tricks. I spent a lot of time researching and learning about them, so I decided to create a website to help others who may be looking for the same information. I hope this helps you.

Tricks to Extend the Lifespan of Your Windows

Looking From The Inside Out

by Bradley Castillo

The view of the world outside your home begins with your windows. If you are considering replacing your windows, you'll find that you have different window pane options from which to choose. Your view will be one of the things to consider, but there's more to keep in mind. Energy efficiency and safety are important factors to bear in mind.

Some window pane options that are worth looking at include:

Dual-Pane Glass

Dual-pane glass is two panes of glass that are placed into the window frame. The two panes of glass are separated by a spacer that seals the air between the panes. This allows sunlight into your home while keeping out a good deal of heat.

Dual-pane glass is the standard where single pane used to be commonplace.

Low-E Glass

Low-E glass is energy efficient glass and comes in different grades. This glass is treated with a microscopically thin coating that reflects heat. This means the heat from your heating system in the winter is reflected back into your home when it tries to escape. The outdoor heat of the summer is reflected off the outside of the window, keeping it out of your home. For you this adds up to lower heating and air conditioning costs, and comfortable room temperatures.

Their coatings determine different types of Low-E glass. The amount of UV protection may vary from one window pane to another, this is something to discuss with your salesperson. In areas where you want your floors and furniture protected from fading, you will probably wish to consider glass that provides added protection.

Protective Glass

Tempered glass panes, should they break will shatter into small rounded pieces. This heat treated glass offers superior protection. Tempered glass might be considered in areas prone to hurricanes, tornadoes, and severe storms.

Laminated glass is another option for areas where protective glass is necessary.

If you have any large windows that someone could potentially walk or run through, you will want to consider protective glass. Some building codes require that windows over a certain size are protective glass.

Decorative Glass

Tinting glass can change the look of your windows. Glass can be tinted in varying shades of grays, greens, and smoke colors.

You may also want to consider patterned glass. Patterned glass is often desired for rooms such as bathrooms where you want sunlight to filter in, but don't want people seeing in.

These are a few different window pane options you may find available from retailers like Zephyr Aluminum Renewal by Andersen. Your window professional will be able to show you samples of window panes and explain further details about each.