Energy Efficient Window Installation
Serving Vancouver WA and Portland OR
With the ever-increasing interest in environmentally friendly construction and green living, it makes sense to work energy efficient window installation into the budget. Not only are these products constructed with a greater focus on sustainable and non-toxic material, they can help a commercial or residential building save energy and money on utility bills.
How to Choose Green Windows
Two main factors go into the determination of whether a particular window is environmentally conscious or not. The glass itself receives a U-value and solar heat gain coefficients (SHGC) rating. The former measures how well the glass holds heat in inside, and the latter measures how much heat comes in from the outside. Both of these numbers should be low for maximum efficiency. The layers of glass also matter.
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Window Frame Options for Green Windows
Most modern window manufacturers use vinyl, aluminum, or would to build the frame. Wood clad windows use of wood coated with one of the other options. While wood is considered one of the most insulating, it can become damaged by water and break down over time.
When a property owner wants to receive energy efficient window installation, glass, frame, seals, and installation procedures must all be taken into account. In the quest for lower energy bills and a more earth-friendly property, both commercial and residential owners should look at the combination of factors before making the end decision.