Low-E Glass vs. Window Film | Reliable Glazing

Low-E Glass vs. Window Film

January 11, 2021

Summer is a great time to be outdoors, but when you are inside, the last thing you want is to feel hot and sweaty in your own home. Unfortunately, this is the situation many homeowners find themselves in, even with great air conditioning. The good news is that relief is available through simply upgrading your windows.

There are two ways to prevent heat from entering your home through your windows. First, you can install new low-emissivity (low-E) glass windows. Second, you can install tinted window film to block the sun from entering your Denver, CO home. Both options come with their particular benefits and tradeoffs.

Install low-E glass for efficiency in extreme climates

Low-E glass is glass that has a protective coating applied to its panes. The coating prevents UV rays from making their way inside your house. Windows with low-E glass prevent sun glare and overheating, especially in hot climates like the desert. They even keep your dark furniture from discoloring under exposure to sunlight.

One of the main tradeoffs is that low-E glass requires more upfront investment. In fact, each low-E window you install costs about $300 for the window and upwards of $700 for the installation. On average, purchasers can expect each window in their home to cost between $700 to $800 altogether, parts and installation included. If there are rooms that get high exposure, these can be prioritized to keep you within your budget.

When all is said and done, low-E glass is a great way to add equity to your Denver, CO home. Especially if you are looking to sell your home in the near future, it’s a way to drive up the value and asking price.

Choose window film for a simple upgrade

Solar reflective films do just as their name indicates: they adhere to your existing windows and prevent harmful rays from entering the home. They help reduce the need for air conditioning, making them a low-cost way to lower your electricity bill each month.

Some window films are tinted, which has its benefits and drawbacks. One benefit is that it keeps people outside your home from being able to see your valuables, like televisions or computers. One drawback for some is that it can detract stylistically from your home’s aesthetic appeal if it’s not professionally installed.

Window films and other solar reflective films in Denver, CO cost about $10 per square foot, depending on the type you choose. If you live in a home where the windows do not need to be replaced, spending the money on low-E glass replacement may not be the right option. Window films cannot fix all window inefficiencies, like a broken seal or rattle, but they can help.

Regardless of the choice you make, both low-E glass replacement and window films mitigate overheating in your home. You can’t go wrong with either option.

For more information on which option is best for your home or business, loop in the experts to discuss your options. The professionals at Reliable Glazing can answer your questions and direct you to the best choice to fit your needs. Reach out today to arrange a consultation!

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