often should residential windows be replaced?
Homeowners with windows over 25 years old should
consider replacing them, both to gain the best
energy efficiencies and to protect the "envelope" of
the house. A home is an ideal candidate for a window
replacement if its windows are sealed or painted
shut, experiences ice buildup or a frosty glaze
during the winter, gets fogged with condensation or
has drafts that come through the windows.
Are the Advantages of Vinyl, Aluminum or Fiberglass
Vinyl, Aluminum or Fiberglass windows offer a number
of core advantages over other materials, including:
Increased energy efficiency
∙ Improved aestetics
∙ Greater resale value
∙ Less noise
Do your installation
procedures involve removing or disturbing the
interior trim inside my home?
No. In fact, the majority of our installation
occurs from the outside so our procedures are
non-invasive and we do not remove or disturb the
Do you have window options
available for someone who does not want vinyl?
Freeman's Roofing, Siding and Windows, Inc. offer
real wood windows with maintenance free exteriors,
paintable milled PVC no-rot windows, and a variety
of other custom window and door products.
Is there a minimum amount
of windows required?
No, we will come out for one window or your
entire home. You decide how many windows you would
like to do at one time and we will also lock you
into your value pricing on all future purchases.
Do replacement windows
really pay for themselves or is that just a sales
It's true, if you select high-quality,
energy-efficient windows. Savings will vary, but
expertly engineered and well-built windows lower
home energy consumption. With vinyl-framed windows,
maintenance is also virtually eliminated. No need to
scrape and paint windows. These energy and
maintenance savings will allow you to recoup your
window investment over time.
Will new windows eliminate
Actually, no. Condensation is moisture vapor
suspended in the air, and that's something no one
can guarantee to eliminate. However, high-quality
vinyl windows incorporating warm-edge technology
glazing systems will help to reduce condensation
because they're much less thermally conductive than
other window types. They can help keep the
temperature of the window warmer—minimizing the hot
and cold differences that turn moisture into
What makes a window or door
Numerous factors, including how the frame and sashes
are engineered and built, the type of glass used
(single-, double- or triple-pane), the
weather-stripping, the type of low-emissivity
coating on the glass and the presence of argon or
What is ENERGY STAR®—and
what does it have to do with windows and doors?
Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S.
Department of Energy. It was created to help save
money and protect the environment through energy
efficient products and practices. According to
recent estimates Americans, largely attributeable to
Energy Star Initiatives, saved nearly $18 billion on
their utility bills. All Energy Star windows and
doors must be independently tested and certified
according to National Fenestration Rating Council
specifications. The National Fenestration Rating
Council is a third party, non-profit organization
that sponsors certified rating and labeling programs
with the aim of helping consumers compare energy
features of products.
What is the National
Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC)?
It's a program established by the U.S. Department of
Energy to help consumers compare window products and
options. Window manufacturers participating in the
program are required to label every window to its
specific thermal performance level. Customers are
then ensured that the products they select meet the
requirements for their application. Participation in
the NFRC program is voluntary. Not all manufacturers
participate because it requires outside third party
inspection and extensive product testing.
What does Low E stand for?
Low E is a non-visible, microscopic layer of silver
coating added to glass for greater energy efficiency
and increased comfort. Low E stands for "low
emissivity", which is the action of reflecting light
passing through glass. By reflecting part of the
light spectrum (the part that transmits heat), we
reduce a window's U-Value and increase its R-Value.
What do U-values and
R-values really mean?
U-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. These
measure an object's 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 number of layers of glass in a window, what
type of gas is between those layers, and whether one
or more of those layers of glazing have been treated
with a Low E coating.
Can windows keep out UV
radiation that fades carpeting, furniture, draperies
Using a low-emissivity glass in your new windows or
doors will filter more than 50 percent of the
damaging UV light. The absolute most effective glass
for this purpose, however, is laminated insulating
glass. It features a polyvinyl butyral inner layer
and a low-emissivity coating that filters more than
99 percent of UV radiation that fades interior
Can windows and doors
reduce outside noise?
All windows and doors reduce noise to some degree.
The best solution, however, is to use a laminated,
insulating glass system in windows and doors. It
provides as much as a 100 percent improvement in
sound deadening over other glass types.
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