The Technology Behind Worry-Free Windows and Doors

Wood rot is a concern for homeowners everywhere because windows and doors are continually exposed to a variety of weather conditions and dampness. Here’s how inventive treatment methods create windows and doors that are essentially worry-free.

It is well known that wood windows and doors are reliable, effective and simple to modify to meet any home style. Wood’s eco-friendly, energy-efficient and naturally insulating qualities are valued by homeowners. Additionally, the value of a home can increase because of its extraordinary toughness and beauty. However, wood is susceptible to decay and pests like any organic material, so upkeep and prevention are essential to keeping your windows and doors attractive and useful for the duration of your home.

Don’t stress about your windows and doors with these technologies.

Treated Wood

In the realm of home improvement, safeguarding our precious investments from the elements is paramount. When it comes to windows and doors, wood rot can pose a significant threat, compromising their integrity and aesthetics over time. That’s where treated wood steps in as an essential ally. By subjecting the wood to a chemical treatment process, it gains enhanced resistance to decay, fungi, and insects, ensuring prolonged durability and performance. Treated wood not only fortifies your windows and doors against the ravages of weather and pests but also grants you the peace of mind that your home will retain its charm and value for years to come. Embrace the power of treated wood and fortify your home against the test of time!

Frames and Sash

Enhancing the door’s and window’s thermal resistance, namely its heat loss rate or U-factor, can improve the door’s and window’s overall energy efficiency. All types of frame materials have benefits and drawbacks, although metal is less thermally resistant than vinyl, wood, fiberglass and some composites.

Aluminum or Metal

Metal or aluminum door and window frames are highly sturdy, light and nearly maintenance-free, but they transmit heat very quickly, making them a very poor insulating material. Metal frames should have a thermal break, which is an insulating plastic strip positioned between the interior and outside of the frame and sash, to lessen heat flow.

Composite

Particleboard and laminated strand timber are examples of composite wood products that are used to make composite window and door frames. Some of these products may also include polymer polymers. These composite materials are extremely stable, have comparable or superior structural and thermal qualities than regular wood, and are more resistant to moisture and decay.

Fiberglass

Fiberglass doors and window frames perform better thermally than wood or uninsulated vinyl because they are dimensionally stable and feature air spaces that may be filled with insulation.

Vinyl

To prevent sunlight from degrading the polyvinyl chloride (PVC) used to make vinyl door or window frames, UV stabilizers are added. Vinyl door or window frames are moisture-resistant and do not need to be painted. Since vinyl frames’ hollow spaces may be lined with insulation, they are thermally superior to conventional vinyl and wood frames.

Wood

Although aluminum or vinyl coating decreases maintenance requirements, wood door and window frames still need to be maintained on a regular basis. Wood frames with metal siding could perform slightly worse thermally.

Glazing or Glass

In most windows and doors, choosing glass is the most crucial choice in terms of energy efficiency. You might even wish to select several types of glass for various windows and doors around your house depending on numerous window design aspects like window orientation, temperature, building design, etc. While older structures may have single glazing, almost all new, energy-efficient structures have double or triple-glazing systems. Based on the type of glass chosen, the coatings on the glass, the gas used to fill the space between the panes, and the spacers that keep the glazing apart, “insulating glazing units,” or IGUS, are available in a wide variety of attributes. The most prevalent coatings and technologies that you might encounter when purchasing are listed below.

Insulated

Doors or windows with two or more glass panes are referred to as having insulated window glazing. The glass panes are separated and hermetically sealed to provide an insulating air space, which helps to insulate the window and door. In addition to lowering the SHGC, insulated window or door glazing also reduces the U-factor.

Low-Emissivity Coatings

Heat transfer inside the insulated glazing is controlled by low-emissivity (low-e) coatings on the glass. Low-e-coated windows normally cost 10% to 15% more than conventional doors and windows, but they can cut energy loss by up to 30% to 50%. A low-e coating is a microscopic-thin, nearly undetectable layer of metal or metallic oxide that is directly applied to the surface of one or more glass panes.

The low-e coating reduces the door’s and window’s U-factor and controls both daylight transmission and solar heat gain through the glazing system. Different low-e coatings have been developed to allow for high, moderate or low solar gains. They can also be adjusted to manage the amount of solar gain. Low-e coatings are typically applied during manufacture, but some can be done by DIYers. In comparison to full door or window replacements, these films are less expensive, last 10 to 15 years without peeling, save energy, lessen fabric fading and improve comfort.

Spectrally Selective Coatings

In climates where cooling loads are predominant, you will want glazing that allows for daylight and views while transmitting the least amount of the sun’s non-visible infrared radiation possible. Some low-E coatings are designed to be spectrally selective, filtering out 40% to 70% of the heat typically transmitted through insulated doors or window glass or glazing while allowing for full daylight.

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