When you go to the movies, you might first read the reviews on a movie to see if it is worth your time and money first. You may want to know a lot of things about that movie. What is the plot? Does it interest you? What is the overall rating? Is there a lot of blood, guts, and bad language? Is it family friendly? All of these things determine whether or not you are going to spend your time and money on that movie.
When it comes to buying replacement windows in Pinellas County, there are ratings to consider as well. There are plenty of people with opinions about window quality (just like those with opinions about movies), but unlike movies, replacement windows have ratings that are more based on fact. When you are purchasing replacement windows, you need to familiarize yourself with certain terms in order to understand what you would be getting.
U-Value and R-Value
Both the U-value and the R-value measure energy efficiency, but they have differences that are helpful to understand when you are shopping for replacement windows. The U-value (which is also sometimes called the U-factor) measures the heat transfer, or the heat gain or loss that occurs through the glass. The R-value, on the other hand, measures the heat resistance. U-value is not a material rating, but rather a calculation of properties based on the materials used. An R-value measures the performance of a specific material based on its ability to reduce the transfer of heat.
Clear as Mud?
It’s hard to get technical about something like replacement windows when you don’t need to know this information on a daily basis. But when it comes to getting replacement windows, you do want to have a basic understanding of these ratings in order to get the best type for your needs. You will hear more about the U-value when you look into ratings, but the R-value is a smart thing to think about as well.
R-Value and Energy Efficiency
While you may understand u-value, what does the R-value have to do with efficiency? It is relevant to the insulation used around the window during the installation, including caulking and other items. The higher the R-value of any materials, the more it will insulate your home. So in this manner, you want a high R-value in any material used around your windows.
When it comes to any rating on replacement windows, the best thing you can do is find professionals who will shoot it to you straight. The experts at Clearwater Window & Door Inc are here to help you make informed decisions. If you don’t understand something, just call us and ask at 727-559-7007 and we’ll explain things until you have everything you need before you in order to decide which direction to go for your home. You can also stop by our showroom and ask questions or see replacement windows in person at 2025 Gulf to Bay Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33765.