Choosing Replacement Windows Q & A - Clearwater Exteriors - Home Windows, Roofing & Siding
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Simple Answers

We know choosing replacement windows is a decision consumers do not take lightly. Therefore, we have created the following questions and answers to focus on what you need to know most about replacement windows. From frame construction and glass options to energy savings and performance features, these simple answers will make your decision clear.

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Q. What should I look for in terms of glass performance?
A. For starters, many windows are built with single-strength glass. Clearwater Windows are built with double-strength glass, which means that each pane is 3 mm thick instead of the industry standard of 2 mm. The glass is stronger, more protective and won’t crack or break as easily.
Windows are about 80% glass, so it’s important to select a glass package that will help shield your home from absorbing outside heat in the summer and losing indoor heat in the winter. For optimum energy savings consider Clearwater Windows with the ClimaTech® insulated glass package. ClimaTech combines Low-E glass with argon gas and the Intercept® Warm-Edge Spacer System to achieve optimal energy efficiency. Because Clearwater offers a variety of ClimaTech glass packages, your window professional will help you choose the best one for your Denver area home.

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Custom windows provide the utmost energy efficiency and an overall better appearance and installation.

Q. Is there a big difference between custom windows and ready-made windows at a building supply store?
A. For the best fit, you should strongly consider custom-sized windows. Custom windows are precision-engineered to 1/8″ increments and manufactured to fit your specific window opening. You will get the exact style and options you desire, ensure utmost energy efficiency, and an overall better appearance and installation. Stock-sized windows are adjusted to fit your existing window openings on site and may require extensive carpentry work both inside and outside your home. The appearance and thermal performance can be diminished by this retrofitting process.

Q. What types of windows are available?
A. When choosing replacement windows, you will find three types of windows most commonly offered: aluminum, wood or vinyl – with wood and vinyl the most popular choices. It’s important to note that aluminum windows have painted surfaces that may scratch easily and the metal construction makes for a poor insulator. Wood windows are effective insulators, but can absorb moisture and typically require painting, caulking and other annual upkeep to maintain appearance and performance.
Vinyl windows are the most popular choice because they expertly combine beauty, durability and low maintenance with high-performance thermal efficiency. The solid vinyl construction never needs to be painted, and the precision-fit mainframe and sash, along with several insulating components, achieve exceptional energy savings. Clearwater Windows are available in a wide range of styles and configurations to fit all architectural designs.

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Vinyl windows are the most popular choice because they expertly combine beauty, durability and low maintenance with high-performance thermal efficiency.

Q. What should I look for in terms of glass performance?
A. For starters, many windows are built with single-strength glass. Clearwater windows are built with double-strength glass, which means that each pane is 3 mm thick instead of the industry standard of 2 mm. The glass is stronger, more protective and won’t crack or break as easily.
Windows are about 80% glass, so it’s important to select a glass package that will help shield your home from absorbing outside heat in the summer and losing indoor heat in the winter. Because Clearwater offers a variety of glass packages, your window professional can help
you choose the best one for your home and
for the Colorado climate.

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Overall, the cost of replacement windows is worth the money you’ll spend—you’ll recoup about 70 to 80 percent of your costs on your home’s market value. 

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