What You Should Know About Insulated Window Glass in Alaska

What You Should Know About Insulated Window Glass in Alaska

September 12, 2019

If you’re looking for new windows for your home, one of the options you will want to consider is purchasing windows that feature insulated window glass in Alaska. What exactly is insulated window glass, why is it important and what else do you need to know before making your purchase? Here’s a quick overview from our window supply company.

Why insulated window glass is important to have

Insulated glass windows help to maintain a steady temperature inside your house, keeping it warm during the winter and cool during the summer. They feature a small amount of space between the two or more panes of glass, with a noble or inert gas applied in between the space (such as argon). The gas that is placed into this area is denser than regular air, which means it becomes more difficult for heat to transfer from one side to the other.

Window efficiency is measured by u-value, which describes the heat loss or transmission through any building part. If the seal fails on an insulated window, the heat loss will increase, and the overall efficiency of the window will as well.

What happens if the seal fails?

It’s essentially inevitable that the insulated glass seal will fail over time, because windows have constant exposure to extreme temperatures and environmental factors. The glass panes will likely look the same when they begin to fail, but eventually if moisture and other particles start to more easily form in between the window panes, this is a sign you’ve got a bad seal. This happens because the panes or sealant material will expand and contract with the passing of the seasons, and pressure builds in between panes of glass on particularly hot days.

If the fogged appearance doesn’t disappear after cleaning, your choice will be to either repair or replace a window that has a broken seal if you hope to return it to its prior level of efficiency.

Inspect windows before property inspections

If you’re selling a home, it’s important to make sure you have your windows inspected beforehand to determine that the seals are in good condition. It is possible to fail a home inspection as a result of windows that are in particularly bad condition, and there are few things more frustrating than failing a home inspection and having to go back to the drawing board as a seller. It can be helpful to invest in new windows, or at least a few replacement windows and repairs, before selling a home. Not only will this help you pass your inspection, but it will also significantly increase your property value and enable you to increase your asking price when you put your home on the market. New windows give you a good return on investment.

For more information that you should know about insulated window glass in Alaska and the various benefits associated with it, we encourage you to contact the team at Replacement Glass today. We have nearly 50 years of experience serving Anchorage-area homeowners, and would be happy to tell you more about your window options.

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