When Selecting Replacement Windows in Virginia & Washington, DC, Consider Glass, Frame & Grille Options
For Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC homeowners, the decision to install replacement windows is an exciting journey. Naturally, finances are a big factor for many buyers, but there are a host of other consideration, too.
When you’re getting your windows replaced, you have a lot of choices to make. Double- or single-hung windows? What type of grilles would work best for your architectural style? What about colors—should you stick with stained hardwood or go with a solid painted option?
Sometimes the choices that most readily come to mind have to do with style, but you’ll also have to make choices about the parts of your windows that aren’t quite so visible.
- Glass type: You’ll have to choose between different types of glass, a decision that impacts your windows’ efficiency and look.
- Frame: You’ll likely choose between Fibrex, a wood-polymer composite frame that’s extremely weather-resistant and long-lasting, or the more common vinyl, or traditional natural wood.
- Grilles: All grilles aren’t made the same; they’re all installed differently and affect both your window’s final look as well as the way light reflects and the way you’ll have to clean them.
Here, you’ll find a quick overview of the materials you’ll have to make decisions about. Of course, you won’t be alone. A Renewal by Andersen consultant is well-trained to help you make the smartest choices, given your home’s specific situation, your budget, and your new window goals.
Types of Glass
The type of glass you’ll choose depends on your home’s architectural style, whether or not your windows face the sun, and the climate in which you live. Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC offers three basic types of glass (with some variation and additional options within each of those types). The Low-E4 rating means that all glass is coated with a low-emissivity coating which allows clear, natural sunlight through while reflecting UV rays and reducing heat transfer.
1. High-Performance Low-E4 Glass
Our most basic energy-efficient glass, this option brings together energy-efficient benefits that can make a big difference in one economical package. High-Performance, Low-E4 glass is 45 percent more efficient in winter and 56 percent more efficient in summer weather than many other window options. It also blocks 95 percent of UV rays that can damage and fade upholstery, carpet, and artwork. This glass is also available in different textured patterns for areas where you want both light and privacy—like bathrooms.
2. High-Performance Low-E4 Sun Glass
This type of glass is perfect for windows that take the full heat of the afternoon sun. Because they have the highest rating against solar heat gain, they’ll keep your home much cooler in hot weather. This type of glass also includes a coating to reduce the amount of bright light that makes it through to your interior. You’ll still enjoy clear, fresh sunlight, but it won’t be as blinding as that of an uncoated window.
3. High-Performance Low-E4 SmartSun Glass
This is our most energy-efficient option that helps prevent heat transfer, block UV rays, and essentially keep the outside weather from affecting your climate indoors. SmartSun glass isn’t “tinted”, so it lets in almost the same amount of sunlight as regular clear glass, but it’s 70 percent more efficient during the summertime months than a clear glass window would be.
Renewal by Andersen sets a very high standard for framing materials—which is one reason they rejected aluminum (which transfers significant amounts of heat and cold, pits and corrodes quickly) and virgin vinyl, which expands and contracts a great deal with temperature variations.
Today, when updating with Renewal by Andersen replacement windows, you’ll have a choice between vinyl, treated natural wood and Fibrex. Fibrex brings together the long-lasting benefits of vinyl and real wood. Made from certified recycled content, Fibrex has both strength and endurance of wood and the long life and low maintenance of vinyl. It can also be painted or stained much like natural wood. Because they’re stronger, Fibrex frames are thinner than vinyl, so they don’t obstruct your views and let in more natural light without the maintenance headaches of natural wood.
Types of Grilles
Once you’ve decided on a pattern and grille design, you’ll also have to choose the type of grille you want installed with your new windows. We offer the following options:
- Full Divided Light Grilles: This type of grille replicates the look of a real, divided pane of glass. Full divided light grilles couple permanent exterior grilles with optionally removable interior grilles to make window-cleaning easier.
- Between-the-Glass Grilles: These grilles are just what they sound like: grilles mounted between those double panes of glass. These grilles are efficient because they provide the traditional look of grilles with a smooth glass surface on both interior and exterior window surfaces, which makes washing them easier than ever.
- Interior Wood Grilles: Made from authentic hardwood, these grilles are available in two different widths (3/4” and 1-1/8”), and they’ll snap in and out easily so you can clean your windows practically effortlessly without the hassle of rounding all those corners.
Renewal by Andersen of Virginia & DC Replacement Window Materials Give You Options & Opportunities
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