Q. What is a replacement window?
A replacement window is a type of window that is custom built to fit the opening of your existing window.
Q. When do I know that I need to replace my windows?
- Difficult to open or close
- Window is leaking air through or around the window
- Paint chipping or peeling
- Excessive condensation on the inside of the window panes
- Windows rattle in the wind
- House is too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer
Q. Will replacement windows pay for themselves?
Replacement windows have a great ROI. A well engineered window has been proven to lower home energy consumption.
Q. Are there any differences in the way replacement windows are made?
There are two basic ways windows are made. The first method being mechanically fastened, meaning windows that are held together by screws at the corners. The second being a welded window that uses a heat process for joining corners.
Q. Do vinyl windows require much maintenance?
No, because vinyl never needs painting, just cleaning when needed.
Q. Are replacement windows a good investment?
Yes. Besides saving on your heating and cooling bills, they add to the resale of your home.
Q. What is Energy Star?
Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment.
Q. How long will a replacement window last?
A good replacement window should last at least 30 years. In some cases it’s been proven longer since some manufacturers have been in business 50 years and still carry the warranty on their windows.
Q. What does PVC stand for?
Poly Vinyl Chloride, a plastic compound used in the manufacturing process for vinyl replacement windows.
Q. What are air chambers?
Small honeycomb spaces within the extruded sash and frame profiles that help to insulate and strengthen the window.
Q. What are window sashes?
A sash is the part of the window that contains the glass.
Q. What is a balance system?
A balance system is a device for holding vertically sliding sashes in any position through the use of a spring or weight to counter balance the sash.
Q. What are grids?
Grids are decorative, horizontal or vertical bars installed between the glass panes to create the appearance of the sash being divided into smaller lites of glass.
Q. What is Tempered Safety Glass?
Tempered Safety Glass is treated with high heat for strength. If tempered glass is broken, it will shatter into very small pieces instead of shards.
Q. What do U-values and R-values mean?
When choosing any window or door look for information that lists U-value and R-values represent the amount of heat that escapes through a wall, window, roof or other surface. The lower the U-value, the more energy efficient a material is. R-values are the direct opposite. They measure an objects resistance to heat flow. The higher a material’s R-value, the lower its U-value and the less energy it will lose. An R-value depends on the numbers of layers of glass in a window, what type of gas is between those layers and whether one or more of the layers of glazing have been treated with a Low E coating.