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Window Questions.
What are various windows made of and what will work best for me? 

Basically there are three types of materials used. Aluminum windows, with their easily scratched painted surfaces, conduct both heat and cold, so they're very poor insulators. Wood windows, which require constant painting and caulking, can absorb moisture, making them difficult to open and close. They can even rot. Our solid vinyl windows, however, never need painting and won't show scratches, because the color goes throughout the material. This is why vinyl windows are quickly becoming the most popular choice for both new construction and replacement applications.

In addition, you should certainly consider custom-sized windows for the very simple reason that they'll fit better. Stock-sized windows require extensive carpentry work both inside and outside your house. That can be very costly and inconvenient. Our custom-sized windows, on the other hand, are manufactured to fit your existing window opening. You get the style and options you want while maintaining your glass area. 

Is there any difference in how windows are made? 

There are two basic types of construction: Mechanically fastened windows are screwed together at the corners. And welded windows, becoming more and more popular, that use a chemical or heat process for joining. Our welded windows utilize state-of-the-art heat welding equipment. Beware of windows with mitered corners screwed together or chemically welded corners, as they probably won't perform as well for you.

Can I replace my old windows with different styles or types? 

Certainly, you may want to consult one of our design specialists to find the type of window that best complements your home's natural design. No matter what style or combination of styles you choose, however, we can custom-manufacture it all for you. 

Aren't all window manufacturers essentially the same? 

Not at all. Many companies buy their parts and glass from various outside sources. Our manufactures extrude most of their own parts from the raw vinyl (PVC) resin themselves. 

You should also know that although a lot of manufacturers claim their windows are American-made, many in fact may be imported from Canada and other foreign countries. We're proud to say that every window is manufactured right here in the U.S.A.

What about strength, protection and noise reduction? 

You should look for a window that offers both superior strength and energy efficiency. Our computer-controlled process ensures a perfectly square window sash and main-frame with superior strength. And for exceptional energy efficiency, a full interlock at the meeting rail helps protect your home against the elements, or unwanted intrusions. In addition, our insulating glass unit traps dry air, creating an exceptional comfort barrier. 

Moreover, homeowners say there's a noticeable reduction in the amount of noise that enters their homes. A full interlock system at the point where upper and lower sashes meet helps stop air infiltration while providing an additional barrier against unwanted intrusions.

Do windows require a lot of maintenance? 

Because our frames and sashes are made of vinyl, you can say goodbye to painting and caulking. Windows won't stick, and you don't have to remove storm windows in order to clean them. In fact, you can do it all from inside your home. An occasional wipe with a damp cloth will keep your windows looking like new for years to come, or with our new self-cleaning gloss, never clean a window again.

I have been reading about different test results on windows. How should this impact my buying decisions? 

Be careful when looking at extremely specific results since many of them do not really indicate how well the window will work for you. Some apply to just certain parts of the window, like the frame and its R-value, and do not give an overall picture. Tested in nationally certified labs. Our windows are engineered to provide the optimum in energy savings and are rated by the National Fenestration Rating Council.

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