According to Weathershield, reviews of window products over the last 20 years reveal significant advancements in energy efficiency. Today, we speak with the experts of the Weathershield Reviews Team to find out what all the hype is about and if replacement windows are a sound investment.
ZRYLW: We hear a lot on the news about energy-efficient windows so we’re glad you could join us today.
Weathershield Reviews Team: We appreciate the invitation.
ZRYLW: Let’s get started, shall we? Do replacement windows actually save money or is it just a bunch of media hype to increase sales?
Weathershield Reviews Team: Unfortunately, a lot of ads are misleading. However, new windows can save money if they’re replacing older windows and are installed properly.
ZRYLW: So we should not believe everything we see on the commercials?
Weathershield Reviews Team: Absolutely not. As with all industries, some window manufacturers resort to puffing up their money-saving claims in order to sell more.
ZRYLW: But they can save money?
Weathershield Reviews Team: Yes and, in some cases, it can be significant. It depends on what they are replacing and how well they are installed.
ZRYLW: Are new windows different from those manufactured a decade or more ago?
Weathershield Reviews Team: Historically, windows have been one single pane of glass with either wood or aluminum as the frame.
ZRYLW: Both of those materials are still in use now though, correct?
Weathershield Reviews Team: Yes, but now we understand that a home loses much of its heat through its windows. New technology has provided a way to make those two materials energy efficient.
ZRYLW: How so?
Weathershield Reviews Team: Where to begin…? The introduction of dual and triple insulated glass filled with inert gasses, weather-stripping, low-e glass coatings, UV protection…
ZRYLW: Let’s break down each of these, starting with the multi panes.
Weathershield Reviews Team: Windows nowadays are usually made with at least two panes of glass. This helps stop thermal transfer by adding an extra layer of protection from the outside temperature.
ZRYLW: And weather-stripping?
Weathershield Reviews Team: Weather-stripping is a piece of material around the perimeter edges of a window sash that stops air and water leaks.
ZRYLW: What exactly is UV protection?
Weathershield Reviews Team: Enhancements to window glazing to reduce the amount of damaging UV rays into a home. UV rays can damage carpets, furniture and even cause skin cancer.
ZRYLW: What is the best type of glass for improved energy performance?
Weathershield Reviews Team: We like to think it’s our Zo-e-shield glass system, which is available with five levels of protection.
ZRYLW: Does the Weathershield Zo-e-shield system offer year round cost savings?
Weathershield Reviews Team: Yes, when installed properly and replacing an older or less efficient system. Of course, if you are replacing windows, chances are they are original to the home and either aged or a contractor-grade window with few upgrades.
ZRYLW: Can you give us a brief summary of the benefits of new windows?
Weathershield Reviews Team: New windows give the entire a home a fresh new look and can help save money by reducing the home’s energy usage, overall. Also, new windows may have added safety features – like child locks – that older windows don’t.
ZRYLW: Do you think new windows are a good addition when putting a home on the market?
Weathershield Reviews Team: Yes, of course. Especially for homes that have never had new windows installed.
ZRYLW: Thank you for taking the time to chat with us today, but it looks like we are out of time.
Weathershield Reviews Team: It’s been a pleasure and hopefully, all of your questions have been answered.
In 1955, when Weathershield was founded in Medford, Wisconsin, Mr. Schield had no idea that what he started would span five decades and two generations. Today, Weathershield reviews the energy-saving needs of consumers across the country to determine the best, most cost-effective options for new and replacement windows. The company has earned the respect of builders and architects worldwide.
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