How Does High Altitude Affect Your Windows?

With such a vast terrain of dramatic landscapes, Colorado is a beautiful place to live, with the views to match. However, homes located in higher altitudes will experience some differences in regular wear and tear that are important to take into consideration when building. When searching for new windows, whether you are building a new home or giving your home a face-lift, it is important to understand how higher elevations can affect certain products.

At Nex-Gen Windows and Doors, we are a proud supplier for some of the top-rated window products on the market and offer professional installation services throughout Colorado! Call us today at 970-744-6508 for more information on our altitude-resistant window options!

The Effects of High Altitude on Windows

Most modern windows have been optimized for energy conservation by using a double- or triple-pane glass system that has a gas filling in between the panes for additional insulation and a reduction in the heat energy that is transferred through the window. Unlike our bodies, windows cannot self-regulate according to pressure changes. When these gases, such as argon, are exposed to changes in pressure from higher elevations, they can begin to expand, which can cause structural problems, including:

  • Pane cracks or shattering
  • Warped frames
  • Broken window seals
  • Compromised structural integrity

In order to ensure that your home’s beautiful Colorado view isn’t compromised by window damage or pane clouding, it is helpful to understand what products are the best fit for your home.

The Best Windows for High Altitudes

When choosing your windows, there are two key things to consider: where does the window come from and what features make it resistant to pressure changes? Let’s get started!

Source Your Windows Responsibly

Most window products are manufactured in locations below 1,000 feet, which is not ideal for homes above 5,000 feet in need of windows. When dealing with higher altitude homes, one of the first go-to responses for window installation contractors is to source windows from local manufacturers. This means that the windows themselves would not undergo as much stress from dramatic changes in pressure during the shipment process.

While this may be effective if you have reputable, high-quality manufacturers in your area, this will not be a perfect solution for everyone. At the end of the day, it all comes down to product quality.

Features to Look For

Thankfully, the options are seemingly endless when it comes to windows. The market is flooded with windows that can satisfy form, function, and style.

For high-altitude homes, people generally avoid windows with argon gas insulation between the panes. Instead, look for window styles with internal capillary tubes that allow internal air to flow between the panes and equalize during pressure changes. These tubes will be sealed off during installation and there are ENERGY STAR® rated options available for energy efficiency.

If you are looking for a gas-insulated window, triple-pane windows may be a viable option. While triple-pane windows may be at a slightly higher price point, they also are less likely to be damaged by the changes in pressure and are a pristine example of optimized energy technology for insulated windows.

Contact Nex-Gen for Your Colorado Window Installation

When your home needs new windows, see to it that the project is done right and call in the experts at Nex-Gen Windows and Doors! We have refined the window-buying experience for our customers and will see to it that your home is outfitted with the best.

Call us today at 970-744-6508 to speak with a representative today!

Does Replacing Windows Add Value to Your Home?

All home renovations are not equal in terms of value versus investment. Due to this, most homeowners prefer to stick to high-return projects like exterior renovations (including windows!), kitchen upgrades, and bathroom updates. Replacing your home’s windows not only improves your home’s aesthetic and energy efficiency, it also adds tremendous value in the eyes of buyers if you are in the market to sell. Think about how many windows are in each room of your house, then think about how many rooms you have. As you can well imagine, the cost of window replacement can quickly add up. That doesn’t, however, mean that replacing your windows isn’t worth the expense. The key is to determine if new windows are needed, or if you want to replace them for aesthetic reasons only (which is also fine), before making the decision to renovate. We’ve put together a list of ways to tell if your windows need replacement to help you decide.

You can also get an expert’s opinion on the condition of your windows – call Nex-Gen Windows and Doors at 970-744-6508 or contact us online for a free window replacement estimate.

Signs That Your Windows Need to Be Replaced

  • Increased utility bills
    Leaking windows can significantly raise your heating and cooling bills, and the increase tends to be subtle as air leaks slowly get worse over time.
  • Draftiness
    If you can see your curtains move when the windows are closed, you might have leaking windows.
  • Warped or rotten frames
    Bending, softness, or discoloration around your windows or on the frame is a sign of moisture intrusion.
  • Stickiness
    If you’re sure that you haven’t accidentally painted a window shut and it’s difficult to open or close, it is probably warped, which is another sign of excess moisture.
  • Fogginess between the panes
    If condensation is visible between the panes of your windows, that means your seals have failed and the windows should be replaced.

If you notice any of these warning signs on your home’s windows, contact the Nex-Gen window specialists at 970-744-6508 today.

Why Choose Nex-Gen for Your Window Replacement Service?

For over 20 years, Nex-Gen has been providing high-quality window and door solutions to homeowners in Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming. We are a family-owned small business and we consider our customers to be part of our extended family. Our business is run on honest service and integrity, so we don’t use high-pressure sales techniques or try to push someone to make a decision that isn’t in their best interest just to make a sale. We think this commitment to quality service and premium products is visible in the positive reviews from our satisfied customers. We guarantee 100% satisfaction with our products and workmanship and offer a Peace of Mind Protection Warranty on all fiberglass window replacement products.

Call Nex-Gen at 970-744-6508 or contact us online to schedule your free, no-obligation window replacement consultation.

Replacing Your Home’s Windows During COVID-19

The CDC has declared window replacement to be an essential service this season, and Nex-Gen Windows and Doors is open for business and ready to serve you and your home with our new zero-contact service procedures. COVID-19 has made it necessary for us all to make drastic adjustments in our personal and work lives, but during all this uncertainty, we wanted to take the opportunity to share what our small business is doing in order to continue to operate safely and effectively.

If you need your windows replaced, give Nex-Gen a call at 970-744-6508. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about our company-wide safety precautions and zero-contact service procedures.

Phone and Online Estimates Available for Your Northern CO and Southern WY Home

Here at Nex-Gen, we pride ourselves on the fact that we’ve built our business on upfront pricing and no high-pressure sales. That’s why it was easy to adapt our consultation process so that no one ever has to enter your home. We understand that not everyone feels comfortable allowing a salesperson into their home right now, and we can provide window replacement estimates online or by telephone, based on your individual preference.

For a free online or telephone estimate to replace the windows in your home, call us at 970-744-6508 today.

Our Approach to Safety During Your Window Installation

During the COVID-19 pandemic, our mission has been to develop a set of steps to keep our customers and employees safe and healthy. Nex-Gen is working diligently to stay up to date on evolving recommendations from local, state, and national health authorities, and we will use CDC guidance to amend our procedures as necessary to maintain the safety of our community. Here’s what you can expect during your window installation service:

  • To minimize disruption, your window replacement will be completed in 1 business day.
  • All Nex-Gen employees will wear proper face protection throughout the entire install.
  • Installation technicians will maintain 4-6 feet of distance from customers and residents.
  • We will respectfully abstain from shaking hands to avoid direct contact.
  • All Nex-Gen employees have been trained on proper health hygiene and safety procedures, which includes sanitizing and disinfecting tools, vehicles, and equipment according to CDC guidelines.

To learn more about our zero-contact services, contact Nex-Gen online or call 970-744-6508. Our window installation experts are ready to answer any questions.

Why Choose Nex-Gen Windows and Doors?

Nex-Gen has been serving homeowners in Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming for over 20 years. As a family-owned small business, we consider our customers to be part of our extended family, and we treat them that way. We pride ourselves in providing an honest service to our clients, we don’t use high pressure sales techniques or try to push someone to make a decision that isn’t in their best interest to make a sale. Our commitment to better service and better products is reflected in our great reviews from satisfied customers. We also promise to provide you with a seamless window replacement process that won’t disrupt your life. To ensure your satisfaction, we also offer a Peace of Mind Protection Warranty on all fiberglass replacement products.

If you’re ready for no-hassle window replacement from a company you can trust, call Nex-Gen at 970-744-6508 or conveniently contact us online for a free window replacement estimate.