Installing Energy Efficient Windows

As the calendar indicates that cooler autumn temperatures are in route to north Texas, astute homeowners may realize there is a pressing need to replace their construction grade windows with energy efficient windows.

This transition can save homeowners considerable money on their energy costs in what is predicted to be a colder than usual winter season, not to mention the air conditioning costs from those triple digit temperatures in the approaching summer seasons.

For instance, when the weather turns cooler and then becomes cold heading into late-October and then November and December, windows on many homes can develop condensation.

As a result, you may see water puddling on your window sills and frames. The effect can be cumulative and destructive if not addressed,” said Steve Barron, Owner of Plano, Texas-based Designer Door and Window. “A lot of corrosion has taken place on some of the aluminum and steel frames, wooden window frames are greying, not holding paint, or rotting, and the glass has gotten to the point where it always looks frosted and is difficult to clean.”

“We’ve seen homes where we’ve torn the windows out and find that there’s mold – which can be very unhealthy — growing in behind or underneath the window sills,” said Mr. Barron. “This happens because most people don’t keep them caulked or sealed year after year, and wood rot can develop depending on the amount of condensation.”

Lessen the “pain from your panes” with energy efficient windows

To prevent this from worsening, Mr. Barron tells homeowners they may want to consider putting in new energy efficient windows. “A vinyl-type frame is very effective in this instance,” he said. “Vinyl has come a long way and is far more effective in handling the Texas heat and cold today then ever before.”

Homeowners can also experience a significant amount of heat loss with their builder-grade windows during the winter. The best solution to this problem, according to Mr. Barron, is to install double pane 366 Low-E glass which offers an ideal balance of solar control and the highest levels of year-round comfort and energy savings. “This product provides three coats of low-E on the glass,” said Barron. “And the argon gas inside the pane provides a barrier that helps keep the cold outside in the winter, and the heat to the outside in the summer.”

Mr. Barron touts Tacoma, Washington-based Milgard as a manufacturer that stands behind its products with a FULL lifetime labor and material warranty. “They also have a new fiberglass line with a wood clad interior that is at least 3/16th of an inch thick,” said Barron. “It’s a more considerable cladding than a veneer, and it can be sanded, stained or painted repeatedly. This is a very durable and beautiful product. In fact, it’s far superior to some higher priced brands, but at a more competitive price.”

“Milgard makes high quality fiberglass, fiberglass wood clad and vinyl windows, which are the best with today’s extreme weather tendencies,” he said “They also make a thermally improved aluminum product, but aluminum isn’t as energy efficient as the others.”

For homeowners who desire wood windows with aluminum-clad exteriors, Barron suggests Northern California-based Sierra Pacific Windows, which has a lengthy track record in the industry.

Designer Door and Window invites you to visit their beautiful showroom located at the northwest corner of West Parker and Custer Roads (2109 W. Parker Road, Suite 202A) in the Dallas suburb of Plano, Texas. You can also visit their website (www.designerdw.com) to request a consultation or a quote, or contact them via phone (972 424-0031) or Email (steve@designerdw.com or debby@designerdw.com).

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