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FAQ for Windows and Doors


Why should I change my windows?

Windows are a big factor when it comes to heat loss, high-energy consumption and cold drafts and can be the reason for condensation within homes, they represent the biggest single area of heat loss in the home.

What are the benefits of an energy efficient window?

Energy efficient windows increase the comfort level in your home by reducing cold drafts and making a house feel warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. They help control condensation because the interior surfaces of energy-efficient windows stay warmer, allowing you to raise the level of humidity without worrying about condensation on your windows. With Vinyl windows, they will last longer because the do not absorb water like wood windows and cause premature deterioration of windows, walls and finishes leading to high maintenance and replacement costs. Most importantly, energy efficient windows save you money. By minimizing air leakage and improving thermal performance of your windows, you could reduce heat loss through windows by up to 50 per cent and reduce your energy bills.

What is a high efficiency energy rating?

The Energy Rating (ER) of a window is a number ranging from 0-40, which provides a relative ranking of that window's energy efficiency. A window with an ER of zero has poor energy-efficiency while a window with an ER of forty has very good energy-efficiency. Generally speaking, a window considered to be energy-efficient will have an ER of twenty or greater.
The ER number is calculated using a window's air leakage, solar heat gain and u-value characteristics (how fast or slow heat moves through the windows systems).

What does Low-E (Low-Emissivity) coating mean?

Low-E delivers excellent cold weather performance – its insulation value (U-factor) is a low 0.26, and with a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.69, it lets the winter sun’s heat pass into the home. It also blocks 71 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays. While  blocking out the cold and UV rays, it lets the daylight stream in – more light than ordinary Low-E glass.

How much does it cost to replace windows?

The style of window and type of frame material used greatly affect the price. Even when comparing one type eg: vinyl, the quality of the window and the quality of installation methods and workmanship vary widely. The installed price of a 3 foot by 5 foot vinyl window will range from $500.00 to $1000.00. The minimum sqftge a dealer will charge is typically based on no less than 10 sqft.

Wood, Vinyl, Fiberglass, Metal which is best?

Vinyl windows command the largest share of the window market because of their low maintenance, energy-efficiency, durability and competitive cost.
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