Smart Window Replacement Options

Abel-Logo-xsmallIt’s not often that window replacement for home or business is at the top of your budget needs. Many windows last for decades. And replacing them is expensive. Most commercial windows start at several hundred dollars each; from there, prices can hit four figures– not including installation. Home window replacement costs can be high also but windows do need replacement after a period of time.

Many business and homeowners will tell you that keeping the existing windows also can be expensive. Many older windows are single-pane and lack tints or coating. As a result, they can drive up energy bills by letting in heat during the summer along with loosing heat in the winter. There is also the cost of maintenance for older window frames, especially wood ones.

With the cost of energy, many homeowners and business owners can make the call to replace windows due to the high energy costs. Trying to keep your home cool in Florida can be costly and having energy saving windows can help keep the costs under control. New windows can add to the value of your home or business.

There are two common measures to indicate how much energy is escaping through the windows. The U-value measures the rate of heat transfer through the window. In other words, it indicates the amount of heat lost or gained based on the temperature difference between the interior and exterior. The lower the U-value number, the better. The R-value is the inverse of the U-value, so the higher the R-value, the more the window resists heat flow. Most commercial windows are either tinted or coated with a low-e metallic layer to improve thermal performance. Tinting and coating the window glass will also reduce visible light transmittance, says Holcombe.

Tinting, as the name implies, means applying a light color, often of bronze, grey, green or blue, to window glass. Tinting blocks a certain amount of the entire spectrum of sunlight entering a building. The amount depends on the color and density of the tint. This will reduce the cost of air conditioning.

Abel Construction sells and installs all the windows they sell. They are well able to give advice on the different types of windows available in your budget.

It’s not often that window replacement for home or business is at the top of your budget needs. Home window replacement costs can be high also but windows do need replacement after a period of time.

With the cost of energy, many homeowners and business owners can make the call to replace windows due to the high energy costs. Trying to keep your home cool in Florida can be costly and having energy saving windows can help keep the costs under control. New windows can add to the value of your home or business.