If you are in the market for new home windows, then you may be surprised to learn how affordable Houston windows are today. Once upon time, windows were assembled of aluminum of wood in a labor intensive process and, as a result, the cost per window was very high. Today, windows are massed produced and manufacturers make good use of vinyl, which is a very resilient man-made material that is readily available in large quantities thanks to advancements in manufacturing technologies. In Cy-Fair, in Northwest Houston, the majority of people who buy replacement windows seek the affordable vinyl-framed variety. They same trend is happening elsewhere in the country and as the demand for these windows grow, manufacturers are able to continue to cut costs per window. Those savings, which are passed on to the consumer, allow for more and more Americans to afford to an upgrade to high quality, energy efficiency windows in their home. In order to understand the part that manufacturing plays in the pricing equation, you must understand the process and the way machining has revolutionized the industry.
Before the glass for windows even reaches the manufacturing plant, it must first make its way through a coating plant. These specialized companies are back by employees that walk the glass through the coating process. First the glass is washed and then a thin film of metallic and non-metallic material is applied to the surfaces. All of the materials used combine and are transparent. In the end, the coating known as low-E will play a big role in the energy efficiency of the window.
Once the glass has received the low-e coating it is sent to the window manufacturer where an employee enters the dimensions of the window to be cut into a computer, which operates the the machine that takes over. With precision, the machine scores a large sheet of glass. The cuts made by the machine do not divide the sheet entirely. A worker must gently handle to glass so that the separation is made and then he can move on to the next step. Any excess glass is recycled for use in another window.
Once again, the glass must be cleaned. This time the cleaning is handled by a high pressure washer. The glass glides through it on cushioned rollers and at the end another machine applies the spacers that will be used to seal two or three panes of glass together, while creating the air pocket seen in all double- and triple- paned windows. In many of these windows today, the air pocket is injected with argon gas, which further increases the efficiency. The spacers are fused together to create an airtight seal and the glass is ready for its frame.
Large sections of frame are molded from raw vinyl material. Within the framing are air pockets, which slow heat transfer. Pieces are cut to the desired length and mechanically pressed together and welded by a specialized machine overseen by a trained employee. The glass is fit into the vinyl casing during this process and at the end, excess melted vinyl, which can build up at the corner seams, is cut away to create a smooth surface. The windows are complete and packaged to be sold as affordable Houston windowsfor old window replacement in Sugarland, Texas or the surrounding areas.
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