Categories Retrofit, Windows

Are new energy-efficient windows worth it?

As a local glass shop, we know there are many types of glass windows in Las Vegas because we replace glass throughout the entire Las Vegas valley. Some very old, some single pane, some dual pane, some new energy-efficient Windows with low e glass. Sometimes we will recommend a retrofit when the window is very old, broken beyond repair or has hardware missing.

We get the question often, “Is it worth it to replace my windows?” The answer is not as simple as yes or no. It really depends on a lot of factors. Including the age of the current windows, type of windows (single pane or dual pane), type of glass currently in the home as well as physical features of the home such as shade, layout and sun coverage.

Retrofit windows certainly improve the value of a property when installed correctly and most homeowners will save money on energy bills when installing new energy-efficient windows and doors.

At Cut Rate Glass we offer new windows and new doors for homes. We have three different levels of window depending on budget and customer preference. We always offer free in-home estimates.

Call 702.292.9977 today for a free in-home estimate for new energy-efficient windows, or click here to start the process.

Categories Cutrateglass, Windows

Window Replacement

Window Replacement (A Broken Window Break Down)

Some customers call us and say, “I don’t care to know anything about my window, just get here and fix it as soon as you can.” Some customers call us and have questions, some of which we would like to address today. We are going to break down the window replacement process for those inquisitive folks.

Do I have single pane windows or dual pane windows?
Give yourself a pat on the back if you already know the answer to this question. To find out which type you have, look at the broken window (look but don’t touch), you will see one layer of glass inside the frame or two. If the window appears fogged on the inside but is not cleanable from the inside or outside of your house, you have a dual pane window. We can easily replace that fogged unit for you. And no, we can NOT clean the inside of the window. Replacing that window is the only proper way to prevent fogging in the future. Our dual pane units have a 1-year warranty for fogging. If the home was built before 1978, then it is most likely a single pane because that is when they began to be required by law.

Is my glass clear or low e?
Clear glass is just that, clear. There is no tint or color to the glass. Low e glass, also known as energy-efficient glass, has a greenish color to the glass. If you have a house built in the last 10 years, chances are, you have low e glass. Low e glass, or low emissivity glass, helps to keep your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter by reflecting ultraviolet light, visible light, and infrared light. This helps keep the heat out from the scorching desert sun, so your air conditioner does not have to work so hard to keep you cool. It also helps keep your heat in during the colder winter months, so you do not have to run the heat all the time.

When will you install my window?
If you have a single pane window, we may be able to bring glass to your home and install it right away. That depends on the availability of our technicians and the type of single pane. If the window is tempered (crumbles into a million pieces for safety), then it may need to be ordered. We’ll get custom tempered glass in 2-3 business days. If you have a dual pane window, we measure the first day (free estimate) and install within 1-2 business days. If the window is tempered allow for 3-4 business days as we must order it and fabricate the unit. I hope this simplifies the process for you as much as possible. As always, please call us anytime with questions and to schedule your appointment window.

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Categories Cutrateglass, Windows

What Are Double Pane Windows?

What Are Double Pane Windows?

Double-pane windows are commonly two facing glass panels set in a frame, they are separated by a small space, usually 0.5 inch to 0.75 inch wide. The little space might be filled with air or non-toxic gases, like argon, which can help improve insulation. Decorative frames or grids might be installed between the glass panels to give the impression of individual windowpanes.

Another advantage of these decorative frames is to make double pane windows very easy to clean, as the glass is one solid panel. They are also protected from elements which helps them stay pristine and clean as the day they were installed, no matter how old and soiled the windows become between cleanings.

The benefits of double pane windows

  • Better Insulation
    Dual-pane windows have a lot of key benefits compared to single pane windows. Among these are better insulation properties, reduction of noise, and ease of cleaning. They can protect household items from sun damage with UV coatings and help you save energy.
  • Noise Filtering
    With its noise filtering capability, it can block most street noises. These types of windows are ideal for offices and homes near areas with high traffic or grade schools. It can also be nice to shut it closed when the neighborhood gardeners are at work or for some time to relax.
  • Temperature Control
    One thing to consider when picking the right window is the local climate, some framing materials contribute greatly to the insulation properties of windows. In areas with extremely cold climates, the outer frames should ideally be wood, fiberglass, or vinyl. Colder climates can benefit well from gas-filled windows. In areas that have warmer weather, like Las Vegas, aluminum frames can be used, and air-filled windows are fine.
  • Energy Saver
    Another thing that contributes to the efficiency of dual-pane windows are the different types of glazing or UV coatings. For colder regions, the glazing should allow as much heat as possible, to maximize the warmth of the sun and help reduce heating bills. In hotter regions, UV coatings should keep out heat and reduce air conditioning use. High amounts of glazing can also protect floors, rugs, and photographs from the harmful effects of direct sunlight. In regions with varied weather, dual-pane windows can be designed with both factors to best maximize energy savings.

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Categories Cutrateglass, Windows

Emergency Window Replacement

Emergency Window Replacement

Many of our customers call us with an emergency. Their window is broken and they need our help fast. Whether it’s from a break-in or an accident, there are many reasons you need that window secured. We can’t always replace a window that day. Next business day service is standard for us. If it is a single pane window, we can replace that onsite on the day you call, under most circumstances. This depends on our availability, your location, and type of window. Tempered glass doors can sometimes be replaced the same-day if they are a standard size but, this is not the case every day.

Please call us for free estimates because we will try to work with your situation the best we can. Whether you need a tempered glass patio door, a dual pane installation, commercial glass repair of a single pane glass replacement, we will try to give you the help you deserve at prices that you can afford.

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