When homeowners get to the point of replacing old, worn windows, they are generally looking for their replacement windows to improve their home’s energy efficiency.
Unfortunately, they often times go through the entire replacement windows selection process without having all of the definitive information they need to battle the Madison WI elements in winter and summer..
For example, many people gain a false sense of security if a window has an Energy Star rating. While this identifies products having minimal efficiency ratings, an Energy Star rating does not necessarily identify the best performing product in terms of energy efficiency.
Homeowners often ask if they can build a sunroom on their deck or a concrete slab or patio.
Unfortunately for the homeowner, the answer is usually no. While there are instances where the existing structure allows this to occur, it is rare. The Uniform Dwelling Code (UDC) applies to the entire state of Wisconsin and local building inspectors in the Madison WI area adhere to the code. If you are considering working with someone who says they can build on a deck or patio, it is a good idea to get an additional opinion.
Sunroom Basics To Considered When Building
Have your contractor pull the sunroom building permit. This is important because if a homeowner pulls the permit, he or she assumes all liability for onsite injuries, damages, etc. The contractor you choose to build your sunroom should be licensed and insured. Ask for proof. In addition to a building permit, your contractor may also pull a Zoning Permit, Electric Permit and possibly a Heating-Cooling Permit to build a sunroom. Clearview Sunroom and Windows takes responsibility for all needed permits its customers require.
With each passing year, aging windows increasingly show wear. At first it’s subtle, but time, and more significantly the elements, wears down materials, seals and finishes causing a progressive window failure. It’s difficult to know when replacement windows should be installed, however, it’s very typical for an older home to lose 30 to 40 percent of its energy through leaky, drafty windows and doors.
Replacement Windows - Waiting to Install A Costly Option
Windows are one of the most important aspects of regulating home temperatures. Today’s energy efficient replacement windows are designed to keep heat in or out of the home depending on the season. If homeowners are putting off replacing older windows to conserve their cash, they are paying more for NOT changing their windows.
When it comes to a sunroom built today, we are definitely in a different era.
Today’s sunroom is better looking, better performing and much more energy efficient than the stereotypical metal and glass contraptions of the past.
Stuck In Sunroom Past
Some people think of the products of thirty years ago when they consider a sunroom addition to their home. They are usually very pleasantly surprised when they learn the single pane glass, aluminum/metallic-looking, non-insulated glass-roofed structures are now just a faded, bad memory.
Double-pane replacement windows can now perform better than triple-pane windows. Even better, these replacement windows cost $150 to $200 less per window.
When purchasing replacement windows for your home, a per window differential of that amount adds up very quickly. With ten windows a homeowner can save as much as two thousand dollars and a twenty window purchase can save up to four thousand dollars. The best part of this scenario is the replacement windows perform at a higher level, saving energy costs year round.
These double-pane replacement windows are a great example of technology applied practically to a common, everyday use. Homeowners can now get windows that save more energy, practically eliminate ultraviolet rays from the sun, and reduce unwanted glare. To be specific, you get an NFRC U-factor of .20, which converts to an R-value of R-5 on a double-hung window. Center of glass R-value is R-10.