When it comes to daylighting, window style is just as important as orientation. Bow and double hung windows installed on the same wall would catch the sun in different ways because the former’s glass area is greater than the latter’s.
Maximizing natural light to brighten up your space with windows could come with unwanted drawbacks. To enjoy the positives of daylighting without dealing with the negatives, Renewal by Andersen® of Quad Cities recommends considering these features when choosing your windows:
Metal Oxide Coating
Dirt buildup can affect the transfer of visible light through the window. An elegant solution to this is the special microscopic titanium oxide coating. When applied on the exterior surface of the glass, it uses ultraviolet (UV) rays to begin the chemical process called photocatalytic action. It loosens the dirt and allows rain to wash it away.
Moreover, this invisible metal oxide coating makes the glass surface smoother, shedding rainwater and condensation easier. Also, it helps reduce water spotting by up to 99% when activated by sunlight.
Tilt-In or Lift-Out Sashes
To reduce the time spent on maintenance, any experienced replacement windows contractor would advise you to consider products that tilt in or lift out. This is especially helpful when cleaning windows installed upstairs.
Multiple Layers of Spectrally Selective Low-E Coating
Excessive heat gain is a common side effect of abundant daylighting. To avoid household energy usage increases, invest in windows with spectrally selective, low emissivity (Low-E) coatings to block most of the infrared rays from the sun. Products with a high Solar Heat Gain Coefficient rating can deflect up to 74% of solar heat without affecting view color and clarity that much.
When privacy is a concern, any reliable replacement windows company would recommend using glass patterns. They reduce the glass clarity, not its opacity, allowing the light to continue streaming in while blocking the view from the outside.
You can conveniently have all of these features with Renewal by Andersen of Quad Cities windows. To learn more about our products and their customization options, call us at (844) 366-7784 for your FREE consultation and estimate in Davenport, IA.