Windows are a crucial feature of any building. From storefronts to office buildings, windows are a major benefit. It costs a minimum of $1,000 to replace a broken window. While this can be a major expense, it can also be an opportunity to make your building more energy efficient.
The key elements of a new window are frames and panes. The panes are almost always glass, but frame materials vary. Wood frames are the oldest. They require regular maintenance. Composite frames are made from wood byproducts and plastic polymer. They’re more expensive and come with a limited warranty. The best, most common window frame is vinyl. Vinyl is moisture resistant, energy efficient, and affordable.
For the panes themselves, additional panes create an insulated air space that slows heat and sound transfer. In other words, double (or even triple) panes can increase a building’s energy efficiency. They have the double benefit of keeping outside noise from disturbing people inside.
If you do opt for double or triple panes, you can also decide what gas and spacer you put between the panes. Argon is the most common fill gas. While krypton has a better thermal performance, it is significantly more costly. Learn more about how a window installation service can help you below: