Replacement Windows FAQ
ABC Windows and More, LLC has listed a few Frequent Asked Questions regarding Replacement Windows.
What is a ABC Windows and More replacement window?
A true ABC Windows and More replacement window is a window that’s custom built to fit within the opening of an existing window. It’s built to fit precisely and can be installed without disturbing the interior and exterior areas around the window.
What are the advantages of ABC Windows and More custom replacement windows over pre-made, standard-size windows stocked at home centers and lumber yards?
Because ABC Windows and More custom windows are made to fit perfectly, they provide the best energy efficiency (which saves energy costs) and install much more easily and with very little mess. Also, because of the numerous options available that affect appearance and efficiency, custom windows allow consumers to design exactly the windows they need or want.
Standard windows typically cost less in the beginning, but other expenses and factors—like additional labor and the disruption to the home—far outweigh the original savings. For example, installing stock windows requires that you add brick or siding to the exterior, and drywall or other materials to the interior. In addition, ABC Windows and More custom-made windows allow you to choose the best solution to the problems you want to solve by replacing windows.
Do replacement windows really pay for themselves?
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.
Beautiful vinyl windows? Is this True?
Years ago that may have not been true. However, today—with the options available and with advances in window design technology—quality vinyl windows are both beautiful and unique. For example, home owners can choose from sculptured or sleek window styles; white, beige, sandstone or woodgrain vinyl finishes; standard or diamond grids; and beveled, leaded, etched or stained glass. And these are just a few of the options available.
There are still old fashioned,Entry level vinyl windows available, but the new designs are beautiful, maintenance-free and energy efficient.
How are replacement windows any different from older windows?
Many high-quality windows are actually engineered to make cleaning easier, along with being more energy efficient. For example, double-hung windows with the latest internal constant force balance system allow a home owner to easily move the sashes up and down. They tilt in—and lock securely in place—for safe, easy cleaning. Quite a difference from old wood windows that stick and are difficult to move up and down and give you the energy saving everyone wants.
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 a stainless steel 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 are the advantages of vinyl windows over windows made with wood, metal or a combination of materials?
Vinyl is the ideal window construction material because vinyl:
- Doesn’t deteriorate or rot.
- Can be extruded and shaped into brilliant window designs.
- Doesn’t damage or corrode when scratched.
- Can be fusion welded to eliminate air and moisture leaks at the joints.
- Offers excellent insulating properties—especially when used in multiple-cavity frame designs.
Are there differences in the vinyl used by ABC Windows and More and other window manufacturers?
Absolutely. Firstly, ABC Windows and More replacement windows are manufactured with 100% virgin vinyl, meaning no recycled material. One item that you don’t want to recycle is the vinyl that is used in window manufacturing. Even though the new vinyl processing is far superior than the earlier versions, vinyl will begin to break down on exposed to weather. Vinyls are like any other man-made compounds. There are numerous components in vinyl compounds and there are many vinyl manufacturers that produce numerous types and grades for window manufacturing. Lesser-quality vinyls typically have problems with brittleness or impact resistance, color consistency, and expansion and contraction. The best vinyls are proprietary compounds formulated specifically for manufacturing high-quality windows.
What makes one window stronger than another and why is window strength important?
The profile design and methods of assembly determine the strength of a window. Just as beams or roof trusses are designed for specific mechanical loads, so are window shapes.
The strength of the sash and frame dictate how the window will maintain its shape under high winds. A weak window can flex and reduce the effectiveness of the weather stripping, resulting in air and water infiltration and, subsequently, higher energy costs. A weak window design also requires near-perfect window installation to ensure an effective seal.
You’ll have windows with long-term strength and squareness if you select windows with:
- All fusion-welded joints.
- Glass sealed to the sash frame.
Do woodgrain vinyls really simulate the look of wood? Do you have multiple wood grains?
Advances in vinyl technology allow quality woodgrain vinyl laminates to come very close to the look of real wood. It’s very attractive and it often matches the color of the wood trim in homes. An added benefit is that woodgrain vinyl laminates never need to be stained or sealed. Abc Windows and More has 3 very realistic wood grains, we have a Light Oak, Medium Oak, and Cherry.
What makes a window 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 gas, and if the frames and sashes are internally insulated.
What is an R-value and how important is it in selecting windows?
Although the U-Factor is actually the important number in evaluating windows and doors today, most people are more familiar with the related concept of R-value (or R-factor). The R-factor of a window is the measure of its resistance to the transfer of heat flow. The higher its R-value, the greater its insulating ability.
What is a U-Factor?
U-Factor (or U-value) is the measure of the window’s ability to conduct heat—in other words, the amount of heat transmitted through the window. The lower a window’s U-Factor, the better the window is at insulating your home.
What is Low-E and, how important is it to have it on your windows or doors?
Low-E stands for low emissivity and is a fairly new advancement in glass technology. Basically, it’s a microscopic, metallic coating—applied to a surface of glass—that reflects and re-radiates heat energy either into or out of a home depending on climate conditions. Using Low- E is an excellent way to increase the energy efficiency of a window. In fact, it’s so effective that every Abc Window and More’s windows with Low-E is ENERGY STAR®-compliant already for the forth coming requirements changes and current requirements in every region of the U.S.
What is ENERGY STAR®—and what does it have to do with windows and doors?
ENERGY STAR is a U.S. government program—administered by the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency with the cooperation of manufacturers—that’s designed to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels through the education of consumers. The program covers many different types of products. Windows and doors can only carry the ENERGY STAR label if they are tested by an independent laboratory through the NFRC program and meet specific, predetermined U-Factor ratings. By selecting ENERGY STAR products, you will reduce your energy costs and help make the environment cleaner.
What is the NFRC and what should I know about it?
NFRC stands for the National Fenestration Rating Council. 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. ABC Windows and More Manufacturer IS a participant in the NFRC program.
Does argon gas between glass panes really make a difference in energy efficiency?
For air to insulate well, it needs to be as still as possible because moving air carries energy. Argon gas is heavier than air—so it’s less prone to convection or thermal movement. The bottom line is that heavier-than-air gases offer a higher level of insulation. Argon gas is found naturally in the air you breathe and are completely harmless.
Weather stripping, is it important?
Very. Weather stripping is important because it provides the barrier against air and water in windows and doors. It is the only element of operating windows or doors that make them reasonably air tight. High-quality weather stripping that’s applied and compressed properly really does improve the insulating performance of windows.
What are the different types of weather stripping, and what benefits do each have?
Although there are many different types of weather stripping, they basically fall into one of three categories—woven piles, flaps, and hollow or foam bulbs. Which is best? That depends on the window style, design and application. ABC Windows and More Windows are expertly engineered—and are designed with weather stripping that creates the tightest possible seal and holds up to time and heavy use.