It's easy to see "eco-friendly" and "energy efficient" and make the assumption the product is better for the environment. At Legend Windows, we want you to understand the difference between our energy efficient windows and others.
Here we'll discuss how our options are better, what improving your windows can do for your energy efficiency, and what the best options are. One of the most important factors that we want to highlight is the difference made by the thickness of the vinyl used. Thicker vinyl offers better energy efficiency and quality, extending the lifespan of your window.
Why Vinyl Thickness Matters
The thickness of the vinyl used when installing windows makes a difference in energy efficiency. Vinyl window frames offer a convenient option for your windows, being easy to maintain and longer-lasting. The thickness of the vinyl is a good indicator of the quality of the material and how it helps to insulate your home.
Most homeowners don't understand the difference that vinyl thickness makes and how it can assist in extending the lifespan of your windows. The government standard for vinyl thickness is .35 while ours is .85. This extra thickness helps to make our windows more energy-efficient but also helps them to last longer. Thicker vinyl is more resistant to wear, which means it will have a longer lifespan and be able to withstand outside elements while keeping your home properly insulated.
Energy Star rates energy efficiency performance for windows and doors based on ratings approved by the National Fenestration Ratings Council. There are different performance criteria for different climate zones across the United States, which are based on U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC). These apply to the glass that is used in windows. However, the other materials used, such as frame materials, also play a significant role. Vinyl is an excellent material for insulation. Vinyl frames can provide much better performance than the minimum requirements and Legend Windows uses materials that go beyond the standard.
How Better Windows Improves Energy Efficiency
Windows are a major factor in the energy efficiency of any home. If your windows are poorly insulated, a lot of the energy used to heat or cool the building can be wasted, escaping through the cracks and openings. Poorly insulated windows make it difficult to regulate the temperature of the building, which requires more energy to try and keep the property at the desired temperature.
When you have well-insulated windows with thicker vinyl, you don't need to use so much energy for climate control. You’ll then save money on your energy bills and rest easy knowing your home is secure.
The types of windows installed can also make a difference in energy efficiency. Whether you’re looking for a round picture window or want to install a new sliding window in your bedroom, our options can meet all your needs.
We offer four categories of windows:
- Double-hung windows
- Sliding windows
- Casement and awning windows
- Picture windows and specialty shapes
At Legend Windows, we customize each of our services to meet the specific requests made by our clients. We use only the best materials, such as silicone caulk and windows with the Good Housekeeping Seal. Regardless of the shape or size of your windows, our staff draws up meticulous plans to ensure we craft your replacement and installation to suit your vision.
Fuel Savings Guarantee
Legend Windows separates itself from other window contractors by ensuring that our customers get the highest standard of service. Nothing speaks to accountability more than financial incentives and consequences. That’s why, on top of our warranty, Legend Windows offers a fuel-saving pledge: if you don’t save at least 35% or more on your fuel bill, we’ll pay the difference!
Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency with Legend Windows
Keep your home properly insulated and your windows in working condition all year round. When windows are installed from Legend Windows, you’ll experience phenomenal customer service and high-quality products every time. Contact us here or call 205-568-1357 to schedule your free quote today.