In the past 60 years replacement windows in Deerfield, IL have changed a lot, specifically in areas of efficiency, safety, maintenance, durability and aesthetics. In newer homes you might take these types of innovations for granted. But if your windows are more than 20 years old you might be surprised by how far these products have come. In the past windows were a way to plug a hole. They let light in and kept the elements out. That was about it. And while modern windows still cover these basics, the new innovations make replacement windows better than ever. Here are just four ways windows have improved over the last couple of decades:
In the past wood and aluminum were the standards for new construction and replacement windows. But today you have a host of options to choose from, all of which come with unique pros and cons. Wood windows are traditional and classic. They have natural insulation that comes with unmatched beauty. But wood windows require a lot of regular maintenance, even today. Aluminum windows are light and durable, but they are prone to dents and rust if you aren’t careful. Vinyl windows are made from construction grade polyvinyl chloride (PVC) that is durable, weather resistant, and nearly maintenance free. But these windows have wider frames some homeowners don’t like the look of. Fiberglass windows are a good blend of all the best qualities. These windows are strong, light, stylish, and require little effort to keep looking like new. But to enjoy the long-term benefits of fiberglass you have to pay more upfront.
Safety glass is a feature in home windows as well as car windows. Manufacturers use heat and pressure to adhere a layer of polyvinyl butyral (PVB) to the surface of the glass. These windows do not shatter into large, dangerous shards on impact. Instead the glass breaks, but still remains largely intact because of a thin, protective membrane. This is not only an innovation in safety, but also security. Laminated glass requires a lot more work when it comes to forced entry.
For a while now the standard for windows has been double-glazing. This means two panes of glass with a gap between them, sealed together as a single unit. For a time normal air was sealed between the panes of glass, but that brought a host of problems at it retained moisture and would expand and contract with varying temperatures. Now manufacturers seal a noble gas between the panes, typically argon or krypton. These inert gasses are colorless, odorless, and nontoxic. But their density slows down heat transfer, saving you in heat gains and losses.
Most modern windows also tote specialized coatings. These are not just window tints. You can get a hard or soft coating on the inside surfaces of the glass designed to reflected radiant infrared energy. These coatings, depending on the applied surface, work in different ways. If you choose to coat the outer pane the Low-E glass will reflect unwanted heat from the sun back outside. If you coat the inner pane the Low-E coating pushes radiant heat back inside. And with no unwanted heat transfer you can save a lot of money on your energy expenses.
If you want top of the line replacement windows in Deerfield, IL with these modern innovations, look no further than Scientific Home Services. When you call 253-887-7792 you don’t have to worry about high-pressure sales tactics. We make sure you get the best possible products for your home with outstanding customer service through the entire process. To check out some of these innovations stop by 1604 15th St SW #110, Auburn, WA 98001.