Here in Milwaukee, vinyl replacement windows are the most common choice among professionals and consumers, and for good reason. A high quality vinyl window will offer the best combination of performance and value, and therefore represent a tremendous “bang for the buck” proposition.
If you have done any shopping or research for replacement windows in Milwaukee WI, or anywhere throughout the US, you have probably noticed that EVERY company rep that you meet with tends to claim that their window is best. You already know that here at HomeSealed Exteriors we recommend comparison of products based on objective data, but here is a list of the most common deceptive tactics used by window manufacturers and salespeople. A MUST-READ is you are shopping for Milwaukee replacement windows, or any major metropolitan area.
Most folks take for granted the fact that they will likely reduce or eliminate condensation when they replace their windows. In years past, this has generally held true, however there are new circumstances today that WILL result in unfulfilled expectations in most cases.
Wondering where to start when comparing performance ratings? The National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC) tests window products for thermal performance. These ratings are tested in a laboratory, are completely objective, and test the total unit performance. Beware of window contractors and sales people that quote ratings that are taken at the center of the glass, or from frame materials.
One of the most common questions I get when talking to folks about replacement windows is, “What’s the deal with triple pane glass? Is it worth it?”. The confusion seems to stem from the fact that there seems to be no real consensus among professionals on the issue. One company says that triple pane is the only thing that they sell, and the next company says its not worth it, double pane is the way to go. What is the TRUTH? Unfortunately, like most things in life, the truth is somewhere in between. Triple pane glass replacement windows are more […]
What to look for in a window manufacturer One thing that seems to cause much confusion when choosing a replacement window product, is what to look for in a manufacturer. It is very easy when considering a company with a household name like Pella or Marvin, however in the realm of vinyl windows, the top manufacturers are not names that most people have ever heard. Why? Generally speaking, the reason is because vinyl window manufacturers sell through exclusive dealer networks that do their own branding and marketing. This does not mean that these companies are not very healthy financially or […]
U factor (also known as U value) is the most referenced metric of performance when it comes to replacement windows, and for good reason. The total unit U factor tests the entire, finished window assembly for thermal performance at a 5mph wind speed. Essentially, this rating tells you how well the unit will insulate, and specifically measures the rate at which heat can pass through, without regard to air infiltration. U factor is actually the inverse of the more commonly referenced “R factor” when it pertains to other building materials, however U factor is specifically used for fenestration (glass). To convert, […]
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