Maximize Space in Your Custom Built Home

Building a custom home is a great experience. But sticking within your budget can be difficult. When figuring out how much your new home is going to cost, you usually have to think in terms of square footage. But there are ways to increase your square footage and still save. For example, building up by adding a second story on the house is less expensive than building out, because that’s less area that will need a foundation and roof coverage. I started this blog to help you find ways to get the space that you need in your custom home, without having to spend more than you can afford. Building my custom home was the best money I ever spent, and I’m happy to help you learn how to get the custom home you want.

What Type Of Glass Do You Need In Your Replacement Windows?

Construction & Contractors Blog

Replacing your old, drafty, single pane windows with new, double pane replacement windows can save you up to an average of $456 per year on your energy bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. However, not all replacement windows are alike. The type of glass you choose for your windows can greatly affect how well they perform in your home.

Types of glass for replacement windows

Not all types of glass are suitable for every home. A great deal depends on your location and what direction your windows are facing.

1. Gas-filled glass. A number of manufacturers use inert gases, such as krypton and argon, between the panes to add another insulating layer to the windows. These gases resist heat transfer more than regular air.

2. Lo-e glass. Glass with a low-emissivity coating, commonly known as Low-e or Lo-e glass, is treated with a coating that reduces the amount of UV rays that are absorbed by the glass. While this type of glass is more expensive, it can reduce energy loss by up to 50 percent, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This energy-efficient coating will stay effective for around 10 to 15 years. Lo-e glass comes in three different categories: LoE2; LoE3, which provides an even greater reduction in heat transfer than LoE2; and LoE-LS, which is designed for warm weather climates and primarily reduces heat transfer from the sun (not heat loss from the interior of your home.)

3. Tinted glass. Tinted glass comes in a variety of hues, including brown, gray, blue and green, and helps to reduce glare from the sun. Tinted windows also help to reduce the heat transfer from the sun (although they are not as effective at doing so as Lo-e glass.)

4. Glass with a reflective coating. Window glass with reflective coatings, as the name would imply, help to reflect the sun's rays rather than allow them to enter your home. This type of coated glass, which comes in gold, silver and bronze, is better at reducing glare than at reducing heat transfer. Glass with a reflective coating is best for homes in a warmer climate.

Replacement windows are a good investment. They not only help to save energy and energy dollars, but homeowners can generally re-coup a majority of the money they spend when it comes time to resell their home, according to the U.S. EPA. Choosing the right glass for your home and your family makes those windows an even smarter choice. For more information contact companies like Ideal Window & Door Supply.

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23 January 2015