Low-E glass and Low-E coatings are helpful as our earth continues to heat up rapidly. With these environmental challenges come new hurdles, and they must be taken into consideration when making upgrades to your home. Not only do windows offer a luxurious aesthetic appeal, but they also serve as a barrier to strong UV rays. These ultraviolet rays may seem harmless, but you may not realize how much they heat up your home and ultimately damage your belongings.
Low e-glass is glass fitted with microscopic layers of reflective coating that radiates energy to cool your home and limit heat penetration. Homes that are fitted with low e-glass windows are able to maintain idyllic temperatures year-round, trapping heat inside in the cold winter months and keeping strong UV rays out on long, hot summer days.
If you’re shopping for new windows, e-glass is the way to go. It may seem like a more costly investment upfront, but it will ultimately pay off in the long run. Not only is this an effective, energy-efficient option, but it also means you won’t have to fit your new windows with e-coating after installation.
Unlike E-glass, low E-film or E-coating is an additive you can add to your existing windows. Low E-film or e-coating is a plastic film usually available in rolls. This material can then be used by sticking it on the inside of your windows to block or slow the transmission of UV rays. This material usually contains metal or metal oxide which works to counteract strong UV rays that are attempting to penetrate your home.
If you’re looking to reduce energy costs without replacing your existing windows, e-coating is a great alternative. This material is known for reflecting 70-80% of solar heat in the summer and conserving over 50% of interior heat in the winter.
Both low E-glass and low E-coating boast the same benefits. Whichever you choose depends on whether or not you’re looking to replace your windows or simply add to them. While their costs may seem daunting initially, they ultimately pay for themselves as both aid in reducing energy costs. When you factor in saving on your heating and cooling bills year-round, the upfront costs are more than worth it!
Choosing the right windows, or exterior products to suit your needs is only half the battle. After you’ve narrowed down your search, it’s best to have your home improvements installed by factory-trained experts. At Forest City Windows, our customer service is second to none and we would be happy to discuss your renovation needs. We have proudly served our community with exceptional service for over 25 years and would happily provide a free estimate.