Many homeowners interested in window replacement do so to make their home more energy efficient, to add curb appeal and to increase their home value. There are many new technologies that have made windows more energy efficient and of better quality.
Here are four new technologies to look out for when considering window replacement:
- Low-emissivity (low-E) glass: This type of glass keeps heat inside a home in the winter and out of the home in the summer. This is due to the thin metallic coating that reflects heat back to its source. The low-E coating blocks UV rays but allows 95% of natural light to enter. This further reduces energy costs and helps homeowners save significantly on energy consumption.
- Neat glass repels dirt. There are now dual-action super-hydrophobic coatings that keep windows cleaner. The coating on neat glass breaks down organic matter that collects on the windows to allow in more light. You will literally be able to watch small smudges slowly disappear.
- Rather than expensive window treatments, homeowners can choose special glass that creates privacy. These include frosted or bubble glass and glass blocks, which capture light but limit visibility. These are ideal for ground level bathrooms.
- There are coatings that can be professionally applied that cut glare, save on energy costs and block harmful UV rays from coming into the home.