What is Window Low-E Glass Coating?

Low-E Glass Coating

What is Window Low-E glass coating?

What is window Low-E glass coating and why does it matter? Whether you are purchasing new or replacement windows a term that you will begin to see is low-E glass. This is an important feature in your windows and can decrease your energy bill. Investing in Low-E coating is a smart move for all homeowners. Read on to find out more about Low-E glass is an important feature in windows.

Low – E glass

First of all the “E” stands for emissivity, which is the ability of a material, in this case, glass to be able to radiate energy.  The energy from the sun is from your HVAC system and absorbed by the glass, it is either pushed away via air movement or radiated by the surface of the glass.  It is important for windows to have a low emissivity rating so that the surface of the window will reflect radiant energy.

When a window has a low-E rating it means that the surfaces will improve the windows insulation properties. Purchasing windows with a low-E rating will keep temperatures more consistent inside of your home even on the hottest or coldest of days.

Low-E window coatings are very important for Florida homeowners. By increasing your insulation properties and decreasing the amount of UV and infrared light that comes from the sun you will gain energy efficiency. With windows that decrease UV, you will see a reduction in your utility bills. 

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Different Types Of Residential Windows

Ever Wondered What the Types of Windows and Choices That Are Available?

If you’re searching for new replacement windows for your home you may be surprised at the variety of options that you will have. Custom windows are available in basic designs to more ornate, fully to partial opening and everything in between. There are a variety of designs and styles to meet every budget. In order to narrow down the best choice for you here are the most common types of windows available and the features of each one.

Double Hung Windows

Double hung windows have two window pieces that are vertically hung. Both are able to be and opened. The bottom piece moves upward and the top piece moves downward to allow optimal airflow. Also many designs allow the sash to tilt inwards which makes the windows easier to clean. This is one of the most popular styles of windows because of its versatility and durability.

Single Hung Windows

Single hung windows have two sashes that are vertically hung. The difference between single and double hung windows is that in a single hung window only the bottom sash is able to be moved upward. The top sash stays in place. Another feature of the single hung window is that it tilts inward for easy cleaning. Single hung windows are also a popular, budget friendly window style.

Awning Windows

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Awning windows are single pane windows that open outward. They are typically opened via a handle that allows the window to be open or closed and locked with one movement. Some windows may have a hinge on the side and open outwards on the opposite side. They are often used in bathrooms and other areas where opening a window sash may be more difficult.

Sliding Windows

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Sliding windows have at least two sashes that are horizontally hung. There are many designs available depending on the brand. The sliding options are numerous as well. There may be an option for one sash to slide horizontally while another one stays in place. Also another option is a three sash window where the two outside sashes move while the center piece remains still.

Bay & Bow windows

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These types of windows are specifically designed to add an architectural feature to the home. The windows are typically constructed of three window panes that are placed at sharper angles which extend in to the outdoors. Bow windows are side-by-side and have a gentle curve allowing for maximum viewing of the surrounding area.

There are so many more, such as jalousie windows, impact windows, skylights, glass block, or even picture windows. When you are in the market for new windows you will have many choices. 

To get a free, no-obligation quote contact Gulfside Windows And Doors and schedule a free in-home consultation. Learn more about questions to ask when hiring a window company.

Do Impact Windows Prevent Burglaries and Disaster Damage?

We usually think that impact windows help for just protecting us from the elements. You’d be surprised to find that they actually help prevent burglaries as well. We’ll be talking about the different ways these types of windows can help you and your loved ones, and how these windows help prevent burglaries.  

Dual Layered

Much like a car window, impact windows are dual-layered. When a dual-layered window breaks, there is a piece of plastic in between that keeps the window from completely falling apart. Instead, the window is still cracked, but the pieces do not separate. This is what is known as an impact window. They are extremely helpful in the midst of a hurricane, natural disaster, or burglary. 

Hurricane Protection

Impact windows are most known for keeping the elements out of a house. They will keep your family, pets and belongings safe, even during a hurricane. This is especially important because many of our customers live in Florida. Instead of trying to board up your windows with wood or hurricane shutters, you can have Impact Windows installed in your home. The same science applies, if debris happens to hit your window while a hurricane is going on, the window is able to sustain much less damage than a regular window.

Burglary Protection

 If a burglary is attempted on your house, impact windows help decrease the risk of an imminent break-in. Impact windows are able to help stop a break-in by making it difficult for burglars to completely break the window. If a burglar attempts to smash a window to get into the house to open it, it will take a while. Even trying to put your hand through a cracked impact window will cause heavily sustained cuts. It will also take longer to completely break. This is bad for a burglar because they are trying to break in & steal things with as little time as possible. Good luck with impact these windows as the first defense. 

Whether you’re buying windows for the first time, or considering windows again for another property of yours, highly consider your options for Impact Windows. Impact Windows are a sure-fire way to protect you and your family.

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Why A Screen Enclosure Is A Perfect Fit

Perfect for Avoiding the Elements 

Having a screen enclosed room adds a special touch to your residence by allowing you to enjoy the outdoors, without all the agitations of nature. You’re able to avoid the sunlight, rain, and insects as you go about conversing and enjoying your time inside the screened room. Bugs and sunlight are two of the most major problems people want to be able to solve while considering screens. Whether you live in a colder climate or a more tropical client, a screened room might be the best option for you and your home. 

Multiple Furnishing Options

With Screen enclosures, you are able to have a wide range of furnishing and options to fill up the room. Many people opt for outdoor seating and patio tables. Some families even make it a playroom for kids and add outdoor approved toys to brighten up the room. One of the more modern takes on furnishing for screen enclosures is adding stone to a wall, a Television, and optimally comfortable seating like a traditional couch or chairs. This makes the space extremely chic and allows you to entertain in your house easily and with good style. 

Pools

For years, adding a screen enclosed pool area to the back of your house is one of the most value-enhancing things you can do for your house. There aren’t many states with climates that allow the population to utilize their pool year-round. The ones who do populate some of the most saturated realty markets in the country. Adding a screen enclosed pool where you live adds lots of value to your home.

Whether you’re hosting Super Bowl parties or creating a space for your children, adding a screen enclosed room is a fantastic way to add value to your home. Please consider adding one to your own home. It can add more than just visual value to your home, but social and communal value as well.

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Is It Time For A Sunroom?

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Living in Florida you want to enjoy the beautiful sun without dealing with heat and humidity. Sunrooms, Florida Rooms, screen porch additions are the perfect solution. Extend your living space to the outdoors with a sunroom addition!

Before you decide to go all-in on a project like this, are you sure you want a sunroom or room addition? What are the pros and cons of either solution? And how do you prepare for the installation when you do decide to pull the trigger?

The Difference Between Sunroom & Room Additions

The simplest difference between a traditional Sunroom and a Room Addition is that Sunrooms are screen rooms that can be enjoyed in all seasons. Room additions extend the living space of your home beyond its originally designed intent.

The other difference you’ll notice between Sun Rooms and Room Additions is the price. Room Additions will be the more expensive option. These rooms involve more materials in order to properly insulate for climate control but also to ensure that the view of the outside is as unobstructed as can be.

What Are the Pros & Cons?

Whether you decide to go with a Sun Room or a Room Addition there are positive and negative aspects to consider.

Pro:

  • Beautify your home and property
  • Provide a relaxing space for you and your family
  • Increase your home’s value

Con:

  • You may be subject to increased property taxes
  • If your new room is four-season-ready you’ll see an increase in utility costs
  • Insurance rates may need to be adjusted

Alright, I’m In! What’s next?

The next step is to give us a call for an estimate. We can build your sunroom or screen room to meet your needs, style, and budget. These all-season rooms are not one-size-fits-all – each room is designed specifically for your home. We can elegantly enhance the look of your home and work with any décor or color scheme. Florida sunroom installation is our specialty!

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Hurricane Proof Windows

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What are the benefits of Hurricane Non-impact Windows?

Many coastal Florida homes have hurricane proof windows for obvious reasons. In order to protect from the heavy winds and rains during the possible hurricane, these sturdy windows will give you peace of mind. However hurricane proof windows aren’t just meant for strong winds and rains. There are a few other less common benefits to having impact windows in your home.

Energy Efficient

By design hurricane proof windows are meant to keep the wind and rain out of the exterior of your home. The other side to that is that they are extremely energy-efficient and great at keeping the air-conditioning or heating inside your home where it belongs. The multi layered design of these windows helps insulate your home and maintain the proper temperatures. This will save you money on your utility bills as well. Learn more at energy star

Noise reduction

Hurricane proof windows are also soundproof. Because of their design outside sounds such as wind, thunder and even the noise from your neighbor’s party will be muffled. Another benefit of the soundproofing is that it keeps the sound inside your home as well. Play your music or TV as loud as you want because it won’t bother your neighbors.

Added Security

Hurricane proof windows are similar to a car windshield when they are cracked. These windows will not shatter but rather crack and fragment. Hurricane proof windows make it very difficult for burglars to break into your home because they will not be able to break the glass fully.

Hurricane proof windows will withstand heavy winds and rains for sustained period of time. However they also have security, noise reducing and energy benefits. If you are looking to install impact windows on your home call the experts at Gulfside Windows Doors and More.

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Preparing Your Home for Replacement Windows

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Guide to Prep your home for your new windows

If you’ve ever had any construction done in your home you know that it can be messy and disruptive to your daily life. This includes window replacement. In order to properly prepare your home for your new replacement windows here are some tips to help the job be done efficiently.

Move items out of the way

The process of replacing windows has several steps including first removing the old windows and then installing new ones. In order for this to be done everything needs to be moved out of the way inside and outside. If you have furniture or tables in front of your windows you will need to have them moved out of the way so that the windows are accessible.

As far as the outside goes, you will need to move anything and everything that is in front of or on your first floor windows.  They will need to be easily reached inside and out in order for proper installation.

You also need to keep in mind that your contractor will need an area to set up their items such as ladders, tools, tables and possibly scaffolding for higher floor windows.

Cover-up furniture

Window replacement can create a lot of dust and dirt but not to worry the contarctor should have drop cloths.  However you may want to cover up any large pieces of furniture or flooring in the area to prevent them from getting dusty. Also keep doors closed to minimize the spread of dust.

Remove window treatments

If you have window treatments such as draperies, shades or curtains you will need to remove them prior to installation. Make sure you ask your contractor because you may only have to remove the draperies and not the hardware. This will help you when you put your window treatments back.

If you have pictures your wall decorations near your windows you should remove them as well. Even though the contractors are not working in that area they will be working near it.

You may have to do a little bit of work prior to window replacement however it will make the process run more efficiently. In the end you will have brand-new, energy-efficient windows and your home will look great. 

For more information about replacing your windows contact Gulfside Windows and Doors today. We are here to answer all your questions and offer a free in-home consultation.

New Vs. Replacement Windows

What’s the difference between New Windows and Replacement Windows?

If you’re considering new windows for you home you may be wondering what the difference is from new versus replacement windows. Really, there isn’t that much difference between the two options. It all depends on the type of window and whether you can leave the frame intact.

Wood window replacement

When it comes to wood windows you have two basic options. The first option is a full replacement with the existing window and frame. Both the window and frame will be removed & brought to the studs. If the window sash or frame is intact then a possibility is putting in a new window insert without touching the frame. Considering how large your window is important because having an insert as opposed to a whole new window including frame can leave you with less glass space.

If you replace the entire window and frame. ou will have more area of clear glass. In addintion, you need to consider the interior window trim. If the whole window frame is replaced then the interior trim must be removed and cannot be reinstalled due to the damage it will incur during the removal process. If you have custom trim or any type of trim that you do not want to be replaced then you should have windows installed as an insert rather than a full window replacement.

Vinyl or metal windows

With these types of windows you basically only have the option of full replacement. For vinyl and metal windows the entire frame and sash is removed down to the studs and a new window with sash and trim are installed. Your home’s interior and exterior trim will have to be replaced. The benefit is that if there are any issues with your trim, it can be fully replaced. Your home could have a whole new look and feel.

Which option is best for you?

First of all it depends on what type of windows you have and the look you want. Also consulting the help of an expert will guide you in the proper direction for your home and personal needs and budget. When it comes time for new or replacement windows call the Bay area window experts at Gulfside Windows, Doors and More for expert advice, consultation and installation.

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Replacing Your Rental Windows

Attracting and retaining top-quality tenants is critical to running a successful rental property & replacing your windows can have a major impact on providing a comfortable and affordable rental property experience. And how else to do that than to make sure your rental property is in great shape at all times?

Maintaining a rental property involves doing a variety of things. These include ensuring the proper functioning of things like HVAC systems, garbage disposal, plumbing, and electrical systems, and appliances.

Other things that fall under the elements that you are responsible for include carpets, foyers, gardens, and doors and windows. Replacing your rental’s windows can have major Ensuring all these elements operate optimally is critical to minimizing vacancies and maximizing your rental income, says Matt of Cavalier Estates.

Windows and doors get worn out over time and being aware of the condition of your rental properties windows is not something you should overlook. When this happens, they not only become a security issue, but the overall comfort of the home may become an issue.

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Replacing Rental Windows What You Need To Know

Telltale Signs

Learn more about what you need to look to check if you need to replace your rental’s windows.

  • Windows that are leaking. Leaking windows can leak both water and air. This can cause serious problems, including mold and mildew growth.
  • Windows are drafty. This can cause your energy bills to spike. In fact, in some cases, it can increase by as much as 25%.
  • Windows that are not soundproofing your home. If you can hear noise from the outside when standing inside and all windows are shut, it’s a sign you need to replace them.
  • Windows that are difficult to open and close.
  • High energy bills. Older windows are often single-paned and are more vulnerable to leaks.
  • Windows look worn out. Double glazing failing or signs of rot or warping on your windows are big indicators that you need to replace your windows.
  • With that in mind, the following are things to consider when choosing the right window for your property.

Installation

Broadly speaking, there are two options when it comes to installing windows: retrofit- and full-frame installation. In the retrofit installation, the replacement window will need to be inserted into the existing frame. The jambs will remain relatively unaltered.

Retrofit installations are relatively inexpensive as compared to full-frame installations. According to HomeGuide.com, a retrofit replacement window will cost anywhere between $100 and $300 each.

Full-Frame window installation will cost you anywhere between $455 and $705 per window. The cost is higher because it involves the most work, materials, and skill. The cost, of course, varies depending on the options and the site conditions.

If your goal is simply to spruce up the look of your rental property, then a retrofit installation is the way to go. However, if you are looking for a complete makeover complete with new interior trim and frame, then a full-frame installation is probably the right option for you.

Window Style

Windows are available in a variety of different styles. However, when it comes to rental properties, there are generally two styles to think of: sliding and crank windows.

Sliding windows are horizontal, with sashes that slide back and forth. These windows have frames of wood, aluminum, PVC or a combination.

They are a great option for window openings against a porch or patio, as they remain in the tracks when opened.

Crank windows, on the other hand, are chosen for their tall, narrow window openings. They are also known as casement windows. They are attached to the side of the window frame and swing outward.

As for costs, crank windows usually cost more. You can expect to pay $325 to $480 per window, according to Modernize.com. With sliding windows, expect to pay anything between $450 and $1,300 each including installation, with a set of 6 new windows.

Double or Triple-Pane Windows

Double pane windows are windows that have two panes of glass set into each individual frame. Between the two panes is a small space that creates an air pocket that goes a long way in better insulating your home.

As you would expect, double pane windows are more energy-efficient than single-pane windows. They’re intended in places where air conditioning is used a lot, and where outside temperatures can get extreme.

With triple pane windows, there are two chambers filled with gas sandwiched between the glass. Because of this, the energy savings from triple-pane windows are much greater than in double pane windows.

When it comes to costs, expect a double pane window to cost you an average of $500, including installation. Wood windows are more costly. Triple pane windows, on the other hand, will cost you anywhere between $500 and $1,085.

It’s also worthwhile mentioning that triple pane windows are usually considered a luxury product and aren’t standard in new constructions in most parts of the country.

There you have it. What you need to know when replacing the windows of your rental property. If you need more help, please consider hiring professional services from a local window expert.

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Windows & A Cooler Home

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How Can New Windows Keep Your Home Cool?

When it comes to your home staying cool windows play a large role. Windows are more than just house décor, they affect ventilation, brightness, and the temperature of your home. There is nothing worse than the inside of your home feeling more like the outside. 

Air conditioning systems are the usual answer to the reducing heat but the cost can add up over time. Even the best air conditioner can’t keep your home cool for long if you have drafty or inefficient windows. Drafty windows account for approximately 15 percent of your home’s total energy loss. During the summer months, this number can skyrocket!

Keep reading to find out how new windows can help to keep your home cool and save you money!

Superior Insulation from Vinyl Frames

Cracks in your window frames can cause the temperature in your home to rise. Check for the cracks and get them fixed as soon as possible. New windows with vinyl are a great way to keep your home cooler. Vinyl windows containing an extra chamber provides insulation by preventing cool air from escaping through the window frames.

The heat efficiency of vinyl windows is not the only advantage, they’re also easy to maintain. Exposure to intense heat from the sun can cause fading but the heat-resistant vinyl is able to withstand many environmental situations.

Reduce Heat Transfer with Low-E Rated Windows

Another appealing feature of new windows is that they have the “low-E” label. The term low-E means low emissivity. This is one of the best solutions for reducing heat transfer through your windows. Low-E materials are thin and are applied to the glass while being manufactured.

They can help to reduce the overall cooling costs in your home when it is hot outside. Older windows can lack this quality. With low-E, your home will remain cool and reduce heat transfer through the glass. When you purchase new windows, be sure to request low-E rated glass for the best protection.

New Glass Material and Designs

If you are replacing old windows, tinted glass windows are a great option. They absorb a large part of the solar heat and minimize the amount of heat getting through. 

Multiple paned windows or insulated glazing units can also act as a good temperature regulator. With the help of the insulating air between them, they can help keep your room temperature cooler while keeping burglars at bay.

Gas Filled Windows

Argon and Krypton are used in the manufacture of new windows. Both of these gases offer insulation properties that will help keep your home at a consistent temperature. When these gasses are combined with low-E property, the indoor temperature of your home will decrease. As a result of this, you will save money on energy-related costs that would have been spent on more frequent cooling of your home.

New windows manufactured with modern technology can make a difference in regulating your home temperature. Windows with the right conductivity and barrier can help keep your room cool even if it is very hot outside. Your best option will be windows that feature the latest cooling and energy-saving technology.

As a homeowner, you know that new windows installation represents a significant investment. As a result, you want to make sure that you are getting the right one for your home. The good news is that new windows installed by professionals will help keep your house comfortable throughout the year while saving you future costs on cooling systems. 

For more information about our cost-saving home windows, energy efficient windows, impact windows, and variety of patio door and entry door options, contact Gulfside Windows, Doors, & More today to schedule a free in-home consultation.