By FRED CONNORS
Senior Staff Writer
WHEELING-Coming out of a colder-than-usual winter, many Ohio Valley residents are in the market for energy-efficient doors and windows.
Photos by Fred Connors
Here, looking at the variety of patterns available for residential window film is Sandy Russell, who along with her husband, Barry, owns Made In The Shade Window Tinting in Wheeling.
Bill Dorsey, exteriors project specialist for Lowe's Home Improvements in Wheeling, said the store is experiencing a hike in inquiries about doors and windows designed to keep the cold out.
"The best type of door for overall value to the customer is fiberglass," he said. "They are more energy efficient than steel or wood."
He said a foam core inside fiberglass doors make them less likely to radiate as much cold or heat as steel doors; and they will not swell or shrink the way wood does.
Dorsey also said vinyl door jambs are better than wood because they will not break as easily during an attempted forced entry and they will not rot.
Innovations in windows include triple pane glass with low-E argon gas to block out cold temperatures and contain interior heat.
Another popular feature of energy efficient windows is between-the-glass mini blinds or cellular shades.
"People like these because they never need cleaned and are resistant to damage by pets or children," he said.
He said triple pane glass helps reduce outside noise by 77 percent and the new TrueGlide balance system helps ensure windows open and close easily and quietly with less resistance.
Energy efficiency and beauty can be brought to existing windows and doors by the use of window film.
Sandy Russell, who along with her husband, Barry, owns Made in the Shade Window Tinting in Wheeling, said window film helps homeowners save on heating and cooling bills and protect home decor from damage by the sun's UV rays.
"Instead of replacing structurally sound windows, they can turn to a simple, yet cost effective, solution with professionally installed window film, a thin layer of polyester film with high-tech coatings that are nearly invisible to the eye," she said.
She said benefits of residential or commercial window film include its ability to prevent furnishings from fading, screen up to 99 percent of UV rays, reflect the sun in summer and contain inside heat in winter, ensure privacy and cut annoying glare.
Many of the same benefits can be applied with automobile window tinting.
"Auto glass tinting is available in light, medium and dark tones," she said. "It's a luxury no driver should be without," she said.