Characteristics of Quality Windows

| January 6, 2017
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If you need to replace the windows in your home, you want to get high-quality windows. Any windows you purchase are an investment, so you want to make sure you are getting your money’s worth. Magic Window Innovations has been in business since 1979 making sure homeowners like you get the windows they need for their homes in Mississauga, Ontario. Here are a few characteristics you will find in quality windows.

-Strong Frames

No matter what type of material you want for your windows, you need the frame to be strong. The rigidity of the frame is important to the unit as a whole. A window frame that is too flexible will allow the seals to fail over time and that will bring breezes into your home. Frames with a lot of joints are not as strong as those that are welded into a single body.

-Glass Panes

If you have old windows in your home, they probably only have one pane of glass. Quality windows today have at least two, sometimes even three panes of glass. You want windows that have two or more panes in order to get the energy efficiency you need in your home. There is a layer of air between the glass, or sometimes argon gas, which gives you added insulation.

-Ratings

Looking at the ratings of any windows you consider will help you get an idea on their level of quality. The U-Factor measures heat inside the room that can’t escape. You want a lower number there. The SHGC or Solar Heat Gain Coefficient measures hoe much heat outside can come into the room. You also want a low number there. The VT or Visibly Transmittance measures how much natural light can come into the room. Higher numbers show more natural light getting in. If you want natural light, that is great. If you don’t, look for lower numbers there. Air Infiltration numbers rate how much air gets through the window. The lower the number the better the window is at keeping air and dust and other items out.

-Hardware

The hardware on the windows matters a great deal because they add to the security of the window. Hardware can also allow air to escape or get in through the window. You want hardware that is attractive, but it also needs to be high in quality so you don’t let air leak in or out. Quality windows will always have high-quality hardware made from sturdy materials.

It’s hard to tell quality from lower scale windows when you don’t deal with windows every day, right? But the professionals at Magic Window Innovations are here to help you find the right, quality Mississauga, Ontario windows. We’ve been helping homeowners like you since 1979 and we’re happy to answer all your questions about the process. Just give us a call at 905-856-8805. If you want to see some options in person, stop by and see us at 75 Rowntree Dairy Road, Woodbridge, ON L4L 6C8.

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