Window Condensation | NFRC Window Condensation Ratings and What they Mean

Window Condensation

When selecting new windows for your home, I bet you haven’t considered the window condensation rating of the product. You’re not alone, most home owners are unaware that the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) even has a window condensation rating system. You may be familiar with the more common elements of the NFRC rating system such as the U-Factor, the Solar Head Gain Coefficient rating, the Air Leakage rating, and even the Visible Transmittance rating. But the average Joe (no offence if your name is Joe) hasn’t even thought about window condensation, while making the assumption that all windows are created equal in this department. Wrong! Read more

Enhance Window Security at Home to Keep Thieves Out

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Safety is a general concern for any homeowner, whether or not the area is known to have a high crime rate. Window security is a common consideration by homeowners everywhere, since this is the most likely entry point that intruders use to force access into the home. Read more

Window Lite or Window Light How is Your Grammar?

window lite

Which is grammatically correct, Window Lite or Window Light? How is your grammar? If you’re like me, you may struggle with the complex rules used in the English language. Window Lite vs Window Light is just another one that drives me nuts. It’s right up there with disc vs disk, nite vs night, grey vs gray, and my personal favorite (because I love donuts) donut vs doughnut. Read more

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Sticky Windows | Could it be Your Foundation?

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Do you have sticky windows in your home? Have you ever considered that the problem could be your foundation? When we perform window inspections or when we are called in for window repairs, more often than not it is an issue with the windows themselves. However, we often discover that the problem with your sticky windows is an underlying issue with your foundation. In such cases the sooner you address the root cause the better. Read more

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Replacement Windows vs Repairs When Selling Your Home

replacement windows

The decision between buying replacement windows vs repairing your current windows is a common dilemma when selling your home. A home inspector will more than likely uncover any window issues during the pre-sale inspection. In many cases this will negate the sale of your home, depending on the scope of the repairs and the issues they discover. The problems the inspector finds could range from simple component repairs such as latches to far more serious issues such as wood rot from extended exposure to water. If any of these conditions exist, you will be far better off if you move forward with the window repairs, or if needed, buying replacement windows, before you list your home on the market. Read more

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Questions You Should Ask Your Window Contractor

Window Contractor

Hiring a Window Contractor can be a daunting task. After all, you are about to make a significant investment in your home with your new windows and you want to make sure you can find a trustworthy, and reliable contractor to perform the work. The process of finding a contractor you can trust can be an emotional experience to say the least. To make an educated decision on which window contractor is best for your project; take the time to meet with a few contractors in your area, and get to know them. We have compiled a list of questions you should ask them so you can feel confident in your decision. Read more

Vinyl Windows vs Wood Windows

vinyl windows vs wood windows

Installing new windows can make a dramatic difference in the look of your home and freshen things up. This is true whether you are simply replacing older, tired windows or adding new windows to improve the view or allow more natural daylight to enter a dark area of your home. Read more

What are Low-E Windows and do I Need Them?

Energy Efficient Home

A question that often arises is whether or not Low-E Windows are energy efficient and will they reduce my energy bill? The term Low-E refers to materials that have low thermal emissivity, meaning that the material reflects a high percentage of radiant thermal energy and allow just a small percentage of thermal energy to pass through. So in the case of a Low-E window, the answer is simple: Yes Low-E windows are energy efficient and yes, Low-E windows will reduce your energy bill each month.

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Choose a Window Style that Matches Your Home

Casement Window Open

When shopping for new windows for your home; be sure to choose a window style that matches the architectural style of your home. While your personal taste may be a major factor, it is still important to select a window style that will complement the look of your home. If your new windows don’t match your home it may affect the resale value of the property and will certainly reduce the curb appeal.

Follow these tips to determine a Window Style best suited for your home:

Cape Cod Homes:

The Cape Cod architectural style originated in New England but is now popular throughout the country. Cape Cod Cottages are generally a story and a half and feature a steep pitched room. They often feature a large central chimney which supports multiple fireplaces within the home. The windows on a Cape Cod home are usually adorned with shutters. The most appropriate window style for a Cape Cod home would be a double hung window with grids or Muntins to break up the larger panes.

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NFRC Window Energy Ratings Explained

NRFC Window Energy Rating Label

When shopping for new windows pay close attention to the NFRC Window Energy Ratings on the label. The NFRC, or National Fenestration Rating Council, is the entity that conducts the testing of windows that is required by manufacturers in order to apply the Energy Star® label on their windows.

What is a Fenestration Rating?

NRFC Window Energy Rating LabelYou’re likely wondering the meaning of the word Fenestration? The term Fenestration makes reference to any opening the wall of a building or your home. This includes windows, skylights, and all doors. Basically any entry point for light, access, or ventilation. For you scholars out there, the word Fenestration is derived from the Latin word “Fenestra” meaning “windows.”

What info is on the NFRC Label?

The NFRC Window Energy Ratings label contains: Read more