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A Guide to Coastal & Hurricane Windows for Your Home

A Guide to Coastal & Hurricane Windows for Your Home Whether you’re getting ready for the upcoming hurricane season, or have just made it through another year of storms and want to make sure your home is better protected the next time around, you may be considering having high-impact windows installed. While pretty much all modern replacement windows undergo extensive . . .

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How to Choose Replacement Windows

In terms of home improvement projects, replacing the windows on your home is a big job. Not only does it require a significant financial investment, but on average, house windows last about 20-25 years, so it’s important to choose windows that you can live with for at least a few decades. If you’ve started looking around for replacement windows to . . .

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Understanding Energy Performance Ratings for Replacement Windows

Understanding Energy Performance Ratings for Replacement Windows With so much focus on energy-efficient replacement windows nowadays, the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) has designed an energy-performance label to help homeowners and contractors more easily choose windows that will meet their needs. Because climates in different regions of the United States vary so widely, looking at this NFRC label can help . . .

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Understanding Condensation Resistance for Replacement Windows: The Importance of a High Score and How This Affects Your Home

Understanding Condensation Resistance for Replacement Windows: The Importance of a High Score and How This Affects Your Home The Condensation Resistance Factor (CRF) is a measurement established by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) that identifies how well a window resists the formation of condensation on the inside surface of the glass. The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) has a . . .

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Understanding Visible Transmittance for Replacement Windows: The Importance of a Higher Score and How This Affects Your Home

Understanding Visible Transmittance for Replacement Windows: The Importance of a Higher Score and How This Affects Your Home One of the major performance rating categories listed on an NFRC label is Visible Transmittance (VT). This category measures how well a window is designed to let daylight into a home. The rating score for visible transmittance ranges from zero to one, . . .

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Understanding Solar Heat Gain Coefficient for Replacement Windows: The Importance of a Low Score and How This Affects Your Home

Understanding Solar Heat Gain Coefficient for Replacement Windows: The Importance of a Low Score and How This Affects Your Home One of the major performance rating categories listed on an NFRC label is the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC). This measurement is also sometimes called Passive Solar Gain (PSG). The SHGC measures the amount of solar radiation (heat from the . . .

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Buying New Windows for Your Home: Step 2

Now that you’ve figured out that the best all-around choice, from a frame material standpoint, for your new home windows is UI-pvc vinyl windows, it’s time to take the next step. Let’s compare how different vinyl replacement window manufacturers construct and insulate their frames. Vinyl Window Frame Construction When you talk frame construction, there are three main things to consider: what . . .

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Buying New Windows for Your Home: Step 1

You’re ready to start your research on buying windows to replace the old, worn-out, inefficient windows in your home. The question is: “Where do I start.” Probably the best place to start is to understand the different materials that your new replacement windows could be made from, and the pros and cons of each. Replacement Window Frame and Sash Materials . . .

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