Here are the answers to some common window replacement questions.
What’s a window opening?
A window opening is the space that the entire window and framework sits in. Since both frames and sashes are installed in window openings, the area covered by window glass will always be smaller than the entire opening.
What’s a window sash?
The window sash is the area of the windows that is filled with glass. Depending on the window design, there can be one or multiple sashes in the window.
What’s the difference between window types?
Different window types — such as single hungs, casements, and sliders — have different frame designs, and they open in different directions. For instance, single hung windows will slide upwards, while casement windows swing outward.
What’s a U-Factor?
The U-Factor is the amount of thermal energy that is transmitted through a window. It’s defined as a decimal, generally between 0 and 1. The closer this figure is to 0, the better insulated the window is.
What’s the SHGC?
The SHGC is a coefficient that measures the amount of solar energy that is transmitted through a window opening and into a home. This figure is a decimal between 0 and 1. Windows with an SHGC close to 0 don’t allow a lot of solar energy to pass through them.
What’s the difference between single pane, double pane and triple pane windows?
Single pane windows contain only one pane of glass in the window sash. Double pane windows have two parallel panes of glass in each sash, with insulating gases such as Argon or Krypton pumped into the space between the interior-facing and exterior-facing panes. Triple paned windows have an interior-facing pane, an exterior- facing pane and a central pane, with two layers of Krypton gas separating the panes.
As a general rule, the more panes in the sash, the better insulated the window.
Does the window frame I choose really matter?
Yes. Many frames are designed in different fashions, which affects their performance. For example, some frames have insulating spacers separating the interior and exterior of the frame. This helps to trap escaping thermal energy within the frame. Certain frame materials can also perform better than others.
Why does the middle of my window look foggy?
Many things — including weather conditions and the efficiency of your climate control system — can cause condensation on your windows. But if you see condensation in the window — in the space between the panes in a double or triple paned sash — you most likely have a broken seal. Depending on the severity of the leak, you might either need to replace the glass or replace the window itself.
Here are the answers to some common siding installation questions.
Is siding a good insulator?
It depends. Certain materials — such as stone and brick — insulate better than others. However, if you add foam backing to siding panels made from materials such as metal or vinyl, it can greatly increase the insulating capacity of the siding.
Does metal siding look significantly different than vinyl siding?
Generally not. While metal and vinyl don’t look alike, metal siding is often finished with an exterior vinyl coating. The Satinwood siding we offer is one of these siding lines that features this vinyl coating. This coating gives the siding panels a polished look, and it can even make metal siding look like wood.
Is a hail warranty really a necessity for my siding?
It’s definitely a good idea, particularly in the High Plains region. Hail can cause significant damage, and insurance companies won’t always foot the entire bill for repairs and replacement. However, hail warranties will greatly reduce the amount that you might have to pay for these repairs.
We offer the Prodigy line of siding, which features the only true hail warranty in West Texas. This siding has been proven to resist hail damage; however, if this siding is damaged, you’ll be covered.
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