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Tips to Minimize Heat Damage Risks From Low-E Glass Windows

Low-E glass is one of the most sought after options for windows and patio doors because it’s so energy-efficient. Recently, however, some have become wary of low-E glass due to the myth that it can damage your neighbor’s homes. 

In this post, Renewal by Andersen® of Austin recommends some tips to minimize the risk of heat damage from low-E glass windows.

20-Feet Rule

If you’re worried about your low-E glass windows damaging your neighbor’s home, ask your contractor to calculate the distance between your home and the neighbor’s before having them installed. If this is a point of concern for you, avoid installing low-E windows if your home is less than 20 feet away from your neighbor’s, especially if they have vinyl siding.

Arbor or Shading

If you’re set on installing low-E glass windows in your home, consider adding an arbor or any other form of shading between your property and your neighbor’s. This will help reduce the risk of damage.


Whether or not low-E glass is actually responsible for damage to vinyl siding remains in question. What’s certain though are the numerous benefits investing in this glass option for your windows or French doors can provide, from lower energy bills to a more comfortable living space.


Check the warranty of your windows to see if it covers heat damage before you make the final purchase. Some window manufacturers remove heat damage coverage from their policies, so make sure you understand what your policy includes.

To install replacement windows or sliding patio doors in your home, simply turn to Renewal by Andersen of Austin. We are your number one provider of window and door installation services. Give us a call at (866) 842-3370 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation. We serve homeowners in Austin, TX, and nearby areas.


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