High-performance, energy-efficient windows and doors are important elements in a quality building or remodeling project. While you may know exactly what style of window you want, selecting the most efficient window is not as easy. Confusing terminology and the vast number of options available can make choosing energy efficient windows an overwhelming process.

As a homeowner, it’s important to be aware of the components of a high-quality, energy-efficient window or skylight. To help you, the Window & Door Manufacturers Association has put together some of the most frequently asked questions and the answers to them.

Q. What is insulated glass?

A. Strictly speaking, “insulated” glass is a misnomer. What the term means is that there are two or more panes of glass separated by insulation at the edges and air in the center, which provides greater thermal efficiency.

Q. What is a gas-filled window?

A. Modern window technology seals an inert gas (usually argon) between the panes of glass. The gas is a far better insulator than just air, so it further increases the window’s thermal value.

Q. I’ve heard the term low-E glass. What exactly is that?

A. Low-E stands for low emittance. Simply put, the glass is coated with a nearly clear material that acts to cut the transmission of ultraviolet rays from outside to inside. Low-E glass further improves thermal efficiency of the window, cuts glare and prevents the damage that ultraviolet rays can cause to interior furnishings. If you are in a climate that has long, hot summers, low-E windows can make a big difference in your air-conditioning bill, too.

Q. What is the difference between R-value and U-value?

A. R-value is often cited in insulation literature, and U-value appears in published material on windows. Essentially R-value and U-value are two sides of the same coin. The term R-value is usually cited when discussing things as wall and ceiling insulation value, but it does not translate well to windows and other fenestration products, so the industry uses the term U-values instead. It’s important to note that these ratings relate to each other inversely: A higher R-value means better insulated are walls and ceilings, while with U-values, a lower number indicates that the window does a better job a of keeping out heat and cold.

To learn more about the selection of windows and skylights, check out the WDMA website.

Searching for the best replacement window company to fit your needs can be daunting. With so many different companies offering similar products at different prices, how do you know which is the best choice for you? Understandably, the cost of the windows is an important factor in choosing your window replacement company. The first question you’ll want to ask your exterior design consultant is how much your project will cost? Unfortunately, there is no “one-price-fits-all” cost for replacement windows from Maverick Windows as all windows are custom-made, causing the price of the windows to vary from project to project. The price of your windows is determined by:

  • Material Maverick Windows offers wood and vinyl windows in a variety of styles for your project.
  • Style – Choose from a variety of styles, including double hung, bay and bow windows, sliders, venting, and casement windows. Be sure to consider your home’s layout and needs before selecting the style of window you want.
  • Finish – Finding the perfect finish for your windows is just as important as selecting the material and style. Choose from seven different interior and woodgrain colors and over thirty exterior colors to perfectly match your home.
  • Installation – Installation fees often influence the cost of replacement windows. While installing the windows yourself might be cheaper, trusting a team of professionals to your project will save you the effort that comes with DIY projects. Our certified master installers will ensure your project gets completed accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Size of the Project – The larger the project, the higher the cost. If you’re looking to replace at least ten windows, considering weather the company you are working with offers E-Z financing should be a consideration of yours.

If you’re interested in receiving quotes from multiple window companies, keep in mind the price promoted in advertisements may not reflect the total cost of the windows. Many companies will use trickery to make prices appear lower than they truly are. Companies may offer windows at a lower rate; however, you may ultimately pay for a lower quality window that won’t last as long as a replacement window from Maverick Windows.

If you’re looking to replace your windows, skip the showroom! Only consider purchasing from companies with qualified Sales Representatives who will come to your home to discuss the best options for your project. Maverick’s design consultants will offer several different options to help you choose the best windows for your budget. The quote you receive will last for one year, but there’s no pressure to buy on the spot. For more information about the cost of replacing the windows in your home, schedule an estimate today.

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