Eco-Friendly Windows: All You Need to Know
How do Eco-friendly Windows Work?
Over the years, there have been many misconceptions regarding eco-friendly windows and doors. Allow us to shed some light as to the benefits of this style of windows.
In order to be labelled as eco-friendly, the window unit in its entirety (glass, frame, hardware and so forth) must be in total compliance with all regulations. This ensures that the window frame is manufactured with durable and top quality materials such as vinyl or wood. These materials are safe for the environment and are low-transfer. Not only that, but they are also designed to be air-tight, waterproof and water resistant. Your home will be well-protected from the elements.
The window pane is another factor. To be categorized as eco-friendly, the window glass must be double or triple pane. As they prevent condensation from forming on the windows, both triple and double pane windows are highly energy efficient. As well, they can be filled with inert glasses to prevent air leaks. These gases will not harm the environment or your home in any way.
Low-E coatings are another way to ensure that your windows are eco-friendly. Low-Emissivity coatings are applied to the window pane which helps lower the amount of heat transfer. This works to lower your energy bills by keeping your home at a comfortable temperature by preventing heat loss and air drafts.
Types of Eco-Friendly Windows
Windows made from aluminum are a popular choice for windows in that they are highly durable and can withstand any type of weather conditions. One of the drawbacks of this window material is that they have a shorter lifespan than the other window materials and then to warp over time.
Fiberglass is perhaps the best choice for eco-friendly style windows. Keep in mind that fiberglass windows are also the most costly. However, they are well worth the initial investment as they last for many years. They do not require much upkeep as they are resistant to denting, warping and rotting so you will not have to invest time, money and effort on costly window repairs.
Wood windows are always a popular choice as they give off a warm and traditional vibe. As well, they cost less than other window styles. A deterrent to this window material is that they do not withstand harsh weather conditions. Wood windows tend to rot and warp, therefore requiring a great deal of maintenance and upkeep.
Another popular choice among Canadian homeowners is vinyl windows. This material is not only eco-friendly, it is also highly durable, superior when it comes to energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness. If you are looking to reduce those high energy bills, vinyl windows are your best option. Keep in mind that they are not offered in as many styles as the other materials.
When you are ready to upgrade to eco-friendly windows, give us a call at NorthTech Windows and Doors. We can meet with you in your home for a free quote and expert advice as to what windows material and style will be right for you!