When moving into a new home, many people have so many questions that they end up ignoring a few vital pieces of information, such as, “Are the windows and doors going to be safe and energy efficient?” Many real estate agents may not even know about certain aspects of ensuring quality and safety in this element of the home. Let’s talk a bit about what you should look for in windows and doors, whether buying a new home or refurbishing your current one.
Make Sure You Have Fire Rated Window and Door Units
Over a million fires were reported in the United States in 2013, with one being reported every 85 seconds. If you do not have fire rated window and door units, there is a chance that you will not be able to properly evacuate your home in the case of an emergency, which could lead to death at worst and some kind of inconvenience at best. Make sure you have fire rated window and door units for your own safety.
Hot Rolled Steel Windows And Doors
Hot rolled steel windows and doors are made of solid steel and can be made entirely from recycled steel. These steel framed windows and doors are more expensive than cold-rolled (hollow) windows and doors, but they are more durable and can last a lot longer, especially under the elements. The process was invented in America, and many steel window manufacturers in the USA practice the method today, making it one of the most readily sourced options for steel windows and doors available to the average consumer.
Avoiding Energy Loss Through Windows And Doors
The average house loses 15 to 22% of lost energy through the windows. There are a number of techniques to prevent against this. Thermally broken steel windows use insulation inside the frame to prevent heat loss. Having a low-e coating on your windows, while more expensive, reduces energy loss by 30 to 50%. Having windows certified by Energy Star is also a good way of saving money, between $126 to $465 a year.
The right windows and doors will be a great help to your peace of mind, and a great investment to make in your house. Comment below and share with us your experience with windows and doors.