Thinking about replacing your existing windows? There are many questions you should ask before doing so. Asking the right questions will help ensure you get the most value for your money and will get exactly what you need for your home. Check out these seven questions you should ask about replacement windows:
1. What Materials are in the Frame and Sash?
The frame is the stationary part of the window that is installed into the opening in a wall. It encloses the sash, which is basically the entire window, including the glass and the surrounding pieces holding it together. Premium materials, such as vinyl and low-E glass, should be used to ensure a comprehensive, well-working window.
2. What Makes These Materials Better?
Sturdy construction by a trusted name brand – like our Bristol Windows – can ensure a better working and longer lasting window. Here at Rescom, our windows feature sturdy frames and advanced glass packages that result in a weather-tight barrier for your home. Each window installed comes with the NFRC label, ensuring the highest energy-saving properties. Plus, the Bristol spacer, one of the most advanced structural spacers on the market, creates a seal that forms a barrier against air and moisture and offers thermal protection too.
3. What are My Glass Options?
There are many options when it comes to glass but we feel low-E (Emissivity) Glass is superior. It has a transparent, multi-layered metallic oxide coating applied onto the glass surface to reflect energy, thus improving the window’s insulating U-factor.
4. What is the Window’s NFRC Rating?
NFRC stands for the National Fenestration Rating Council, a non-profit organization in charge of setting energy certification and labeling standards for windows. Generally, a lower number is best.
5. Does the Window Meet Energy Star® Criteria?
Energy Star qualified windows, doors and skylights must be manufactured by an Energy Star partner; must be tested, certified and verified by the NFRC; and have ratings that meet strict guidelines set by the EPA.
6. What Style of Window is Right for my Home?
This is a highly personal decision; however, your window installation technicians can certainly help you determine which style would work in various rooms of your home. For instance, bay and bow windows are great for large living rooms, while awning windows work best in tight spaces such as over kitchen sinks.
7. What is Covered by the Warranty? Frame? Glass? Lock?
Many window companies warranty just one portion of the window. You want to ensure all components are warrantied, from the frame to the glass to the locking mechanism. Windows are complex systems of moving parts. Coverage on all parts is ideal but this varies by window and manufacturer. Before purchasing, always ask exactly what the warranty covers and how long it lasts. Here at Rescom, our Bristol windows are covered by a 50-year warranty.
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