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The benefits of Low-E glass

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
Low-E Glass

The sun heats the inside, as well as the outside, of your home.

With summer here, you’re more likely to find any cats you have lying in the sunbeams coming through your windows. Why? Because of the heat the sun’s rays produces.

While fine for the kitties, the heat coming through your windows in the summer increases the cost of cooling your home.

You can reduce the effect of the sun’s heat on the interior of your home by replacing your old windows and glass doors with new ones made with Low-E glass. Low-E glass filters out light waves that transmit heat while allowing the wavelengths that transmit light to pass through.

What is Low-E glass?

Low-E Glass

Low-E glass filters out light waves that transmit heat while allowing the wavelengths that transmit light to pass through.

There is not “one type” of Low-E glass. Since it was first introduced, an array of Low-E glass options have been developed. The filtering of light wavelengths is done by a Low-E coating – a layer, or several layers, of metallic particles applied to the glass. If insulated glass is used, replacing the air between the sealed layers of glass with argon gas, which is denser than air, increases the insulating performance of the glass even more.

To learn more about the benefits of installing argon gas-filled Low-E glass windows, read Argon Gas Window: Benefits of Argon Filled Windows on

Why does Low-E glass help reduce energy costs?

The interior temperature of regular glass tends to be closer to the outside temperature than the inside temperature, which may heat the room in summer and cool the room in winter. The highest grades of Low-E glass can keep the interior temperature of the window within one degree Fahrenheit of the temperature of the interior of your home. The result: a more comfortable home and lower utility bills.

Contact Us

To schedule your no-cost, no-obligation consultation to learn more about the benefits and types of Low-E glass and how it can help decrease your energy bills, complete our “Request a Consultation” form at the left or call us at (540) 537-2876. We’re always happy to help our customers save money and increase the value of their homes!

Ask about our 12 months same as cash financing option!

Let the light in!

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
Patio Doors

Traditional paned door from the outside

Patio Doors from Inside

Patio doors from the inside

Patio Doors

Modern style patio doors

Adding a patio to your home not only adds a pleasant outdoor space, but the patio doors and adjacent windows allow more light into the house as well.

The length and floorplan of your home and the slope of your yard will determine the length and width of the patio you can add. The longer the patio, the more windows and patio doors you can add to let light in. These photos are of doors to a 9′ patio and a 12′ patio.

Choosing your doors


Choose a style of door that will complement the style of your home and your existing doors and windows. Traditional style homes may want traditional doors with pane inserts and matching windows, while more modern home styles may be enhanced with a cleaner, “no pane” look.

Energy efficiency.

Energy Star®To avoid energy loss through your new doors and windows, be sure to select that meet or exceed the Energy Star® guidelines for energy efficiency.

Click here to visit the Energy Star® Residential Windows, Door, and Skylights website for more information about Energy Star® compliance, tax benefits, and potential savings of residential doors and windows.


System Home Improvement ProductsWindows and Home Renovations Direct offers a wide range of brands, including System, ProVia, Pella, Therma-Tru, and Peachtree.

Learn more about the variety of doors we sell and install.
View our Door Photo Gallery.


If adding a patio and patio doors and windows to your home sounds interesting but confusing and expensive, contact us for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. We can you let the light in…affordably!

Ask about our 12 months same as cash financing option!

Dormer windows add custom look

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Dormer WindowsAdd dormers to any roofline, for a custom and classy look.

This customer chose a wide panel siding with a scalloped gable in contrasting color for more detail.

The new architectural shingled roof we just installed adds both peace of mind as well as beauty to a more interesting roofline.

Click to learn more about the variety of windows we offer »

Get a No-Cost, No-Obligation Estimate

Contact us by phone at (540) 537-2876 or complete and submit our online form to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation estimate today!