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5 Indications You Need New Windows

  1. Your home feels drafty in cold weather or uncomfortably
    hot from heat penetrating windows in warm weather.
  2. Your heating and cooling costs are high.
  3. You home’s existing windows are faded, cracked or
    inoperable, making your home look dated or tired.
  4. You’re constantly working on your old windows—
    scrubbing, painting, puttying and re-caulking them.
  5. You want to increase the re-sale value of your home.

 

Tips for selecting new windows:

Become an educated consumer so that you can make smart decisions about this major investment. You deserve the best value for your hard-earned dollars, and you want windows that you’ll never have to replace again.

Select windows with premium-grade frames and sashes. Technological advancements made over the past decade have made the best material choice for energy efficiency, durability, low maintenance and beauty.

Choose “custom-made” windows. Though the initial purchase price may be higher than standard-sized windows, they’re the best value in the long run because installation is faster and practically no “cosmetic” work to the inside or outside of you home is needed. Plus, an exact fit means better thermal performance and lower energy bills!

Replacing windows is the perfect time to try something different to give your home a fresh, new look. Consider all the various styles, shapes and colors in which windows are now available. Today, window options offer new benefits like enhanced security and protection against damaging UV light.

Select Energy Star® qualified windows and doors from a manufacturer that participates in the ENERGY STAR program. With continuously rising energy costs, high-performance products will keep your heating and cooling bills lower---and provide a greater level of comfort for your home.

Choose windows from a reputable manufacturer. Consider the manufacturer’s growth and stability. What do others, including past purchasers, say about its products? What kind of warranty does the manufacturer provide?

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Design Considerations when making choices for new windows

Like the wall in which they are installed, windows and doors protect the building and its occupants from environmental forces such as wind, rain, and temperature.  The combination of wind pressure and driving rain can force water around the seals between the operable sash and frames, weep holes, sealant joints and small pin holes in the surrounding building materials.

Selecting the Right Window/Door class and grade

Window and door ratings are based on a number of performance requirements including uniform structural loading capabilities (wind load), water penetration, air infiltration, and resistance to forced entry.  These performance requirements are based on minimum standards set by the American Architectural Manufactures Association (AAMA) and the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA). Performance requirements and testing are defined in greater detail in Chapter 7 of this manual. 
The AAMA and WDMA rate windows and doors by class and grade based on the ability of a product to meet specific performance criteria.  Selecting the right product class and grade is the architect’s or contractor’s responsibility.  Considerations relate to whether the product is intended for use in residential, light commercial, heavy commercial, or architectural applications. Other important considerations relate to cost.  A client may not be able to afford the best window or door available for the site, Site-specific requirements for product selection must be addressed with the client. More>>

 

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