By Tammy Bearse Santos, Shepley Wood Products
In the industry today we are being pushed on both sides. Our architects and designers continue to push the limits on size and design. At the same time the building code gets tighter in regard to energy performance. As windows are a large contributing factor to the home’s overall energy efficiency we need to address what products are being used to find the right solution. As the leader in the industry Andersen® is always on top of the game ready to find the answer whether you live on Cape Cod or Arizona.
Andersen offers multiple series of windows and high-performance glass options which make it possible to meet both the architectural as well as energy requirements. The Andersen A-series is a fiberglass exterior which is weather resistant and durable. The E-series offers an aluminum exterior which allows us to add any color to your home. You can use one of the 50 standard colors or create your own custom color. Last but certainly not least, 400 series is the most time tested and durable of all of the Andersen products.
As our climate is one of the most challenging as we experience both heating and cooling we need to be aware of the glass we choose and how it impacts our energy efficiency. Most people can enjoy optimal energy performance and comfort with the standard Low-E/Low-E4® glass. This glass reflects heat in the summer and helps keep heat inside in the winter, making this a good choice in our area. SmartSun™ glass is a good choice and can help in getting your window to perform to the ratings needed with some of the applied grille options. This glass blocks 95 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays which can be helpful if your customer is also concerned about fading furniture. It gives you the benefits of Low-E glass, plus it helps shield your home from the sun’s heat. HeatLock® is and interior coating that can be added to most of our glass options and reflects heat to the interior keeping it from escaping the home.
As these are just a few of the options from Andersen knowing how these all work together can be tricky. Depending on whether we are building a new home, remodeling, grille options, all of these come into play to meet the customers’ needs. Working together with you and your customer to find the solution is what we do at Shepley. Shepley offers a dedicated Andersen window team that can help you through all of these choices to create a successful project. Please take the time to visit the showroom and see all of the options and meet our dedicated team.
Tammy Bearse-Santos is an experienced Shepley window and door product specialist, covering Barnstable, Yarmouth, and Chatham. You can reach her at 774-836-5905 or firstname.lastname@example.org.