If you’re planning to refurbish your home to more modern standards, you’re in luck. There has never been a better time to modernize your home than now, especially when it comes to energy efficiency. While roofing is a key aspect of a home’s overall energy efficiency, your windows also play an important role. Here are common features of energy-efficient windows to keep in mind when you go shopping.
Modern windows have several key performance metrics that measure how well they handle and dissipate heat. Whether you’re purchasing new windows or simply selecting a much-needed replacement, some metrics to watch out for are:
Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC): A measurement of the amount of solar heat that goes through your windows. In short, this is a numerical measure of how well your window blocks solar heat. A lower number means less solar heat goes through your window, leading to less hot summers, but also potentially colder winters.
U-factor: A performance rating that shows how your windows handle heat flow from sources other than the sun. The lower your windows’ U-factor is, the less heat escapes from it. A low U-factor means that your window replacement retains heat better during the winter, but conversely, it does not radiate as much heat during the summer compared to a window with a higher U-factor.
A window’s frame material determines its thermal resistance and, therefore, its overall energy efficiency. In general, vinyl, fiberglass, wood and composite frame materials are more energy-efficient since they have greater thermal resistance. Metal, on the other hand, may be strong and light, but it tends to conduct heat, making it poor insulators.
Energy-efficient doors and windows have features that can make your home a more comfortable place to live in while saving you some money in the long run. For a free estimate, call Roof Masters today at (888) 889-7551, or fill out our contact form. We serve clients in Beltsville, MD, and nearby areas.