When you notice that your home’s windows aren’t quite what they used to be, it’s easy to jump to conclusions and assume that they need to be completely replaced. Broken or cracked windows will need replacing and, if the window frames are damaged, then a full replacement will most likely be the case. Not only do you want your home to look good but you also need your windows to serve their purpose. They are there to keep exterior elements from getting in and help maintain a pleasant living environment as well as a safe one.
In addition to retrofitting and replacing windows, there are also other steps that can be taken to make improvements. These include film, tinting, and coatings. Choosing the right one to suit your needs, however, might seem tricky to some. Which is why it’s so important to understand what each product can offer and adopt a realistic approach.
When you think of window tinting, you might automatically assume that your home will benefit in the same way as your car. However, there is a significant difference between home window tinting and car window tinting. While both types of tinting keep the UV rays of the sun out, car windows are heat resistant while home windows are not. When the windows of your home heat up after sufficient sun exposure, it might cause the tinting to peel off. This shouldn’t happen immediately but over time it’s a very real possibility. In addition, it’s important to note that tinting keeps the sun out so it can help keep the temperature in your home cooler in the summer, but it does not help insulate the window in any way.
Window films are seen as a step up from tinting since they act as more of a reflective surface. They actually reflect the heat and UV rays of the sun away from the window so, unlike tinting, the windows stay cooler in the summer and so does your house. Due to the reflective nature of this product, your home will be significantly darker. This might no seem like much of a problem in the summer but, in the winter, you may require additional lighting in order to compensate for the loss of natural light.
Low-emissivity (or Low-E) coatings are another step up, and they are the current favourite among homeowners. These coatings are applied to the glass during the manufacturing process which means that you need to shop for windows with this particular coating rather than applying it yourself after the installation. These coatings are designed to keep the heat in during winter, the heat out in the summer, and make your home more energy efficient overall without compromising visibility.
Remember that tints, films, and coatings are applied only to the windows. So, if your energy efficiency problems are the result of broken seals or damage to the window or window frame itself, then they will not remedy the problem. Each of these options has its own fair share of pros and cons that need to be fully comprehended before making any decisions. If you reside in the Winnipeg area, and you are looking for professional advice and a free in-home quote on any of our many top quality windows, call Northshield Windows and Doors today. Give our expert team at NorthShield Windows and Doors a call. We will provide you with a free quotation in your Winnipeg home, as well as any additional advice you may seek.