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The Benefits of Proper Window Installation



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Window installation is a vital aspect of home improvement that can greatly impact the energy efficiency, comfort, and overall value of a home. Choosing the right windows and ensuring proper installation is crucial for preventing issues such as air leaks, drafts, condensation, and mold, which can cause costly damage and lead to higher energy bills. When it comes to selecting new windows, there are several key factors to consider, including the frame material, operation, and glass.

Frame material is an important factor to consider, as it will affect the overall performance and appearance of the window. Wood frames are a traditional choice, but they require regular maintenance to maintain their function and appearance. Aluminum frames are a more affordable option, but they are prone to denting, fading, and have poor energy efficiency due to their high conductivity. Fiberglass frames are rigid and have better energy efficiency than wood, but they have limited customization options. Vinyl frames are the most common and affordable choice, known for their low maintenance and superior moisture resistance. They also have excellent energy efficiency due to their non-conductive frame material. 

The operation of the window is also an important factor to consider. Single-hung and double-hung windows are the most common, with operating sashes that slide past each other. Sliding windows are another popular option, with sashes that glide horizontally. Awning, hopper, and casement windows all close by pressing against the frame, which helps to reduce air leakage and increase energy efficiency. Fixed pane windows do not open, but they are airtight, offering no ventilation or egress.

The glass used in the window is also a key factor that can impact energy efficiency and performance. Additional panes create an insulated air space that slows heat and sound transfer, resulting in better performance. Double and triple panes are more energy-efficient than single panes, with up to 31% and 48% improved efficiency, respectively. Fill gasses and spacers are used to create an airtight seal between panes; non-metallic spacers are the most efficient at reducing condensation. Window coatings such as Low-E can also improve energy efficiency by reducing solar heat gain and filtering out harmful UV rays.

Proper insulation is essential for reducing energy loss and preventing issues such as drafts, condensation, and mold. An estimated 98 million homes in the US are classified as under-insulated, leading to higher energy bills and other problems. Replacing single-pane windows with energy-efficient options can save homeowners between $101 and $583 per year, while replacing double-pane windows can save between $27 and $197 per year. Up to 30% of a home’s heated or cooled air can escape through gaps around windows, making proper insulation and installation crucial.

When it comes to window installation, it is important to choose a reputable and experienced company to ensure the best results. Window Nation is a trusted name in the industry, with a 96% customer satisfaction rate and thousands of positive reviews. The installers have an average of 10 years of experience, and they only work with certified window and door specialists. 

The Value of Windows

Brian Wallace is the Founder and President of NowSourcing, an industry leading infographic design agency , based in Louisville, KY and Cincinnati, OH which works with companies that range from startups to Fortune 500s. Brian also runs #LinkedInLocal events nationwide, hosts the Next Action Podcast, and has been named a Google Small Business Advisor for 2016-present and joined the SXSW Advisory Board in 2019. Follow Brian Wallace on LinkedIn as well as Twitter.