How 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.What Are the Advantages of Vinyl, Aluminum or Fiberglass Windows?
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 interior trim.
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 line?
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 condensation?
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 condensation.
What makes a window or door energy efficient?
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 krypton gas.
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 and upholstery?
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 furnishings.
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.
Jeff Freeman Roofing, Siding & Windows Inc. Charlotte NC, Davidson, NC, Monroe, NC, NC