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What you should know about Replacement Windows


Window Replacement Glossary

Double Hung window: A window consisting of two sashes operating in a rectangular frame, in which both the upper and lower halves can be slide up and down. A counterbalance mechanism usually holds the sash in place.

Sliding window: A window fitted with one or more sashes opening by sliding horizontally in tracks provided by frame members.

Bow window: A rounded bay window that projects from the wall in an arc shape, commonly consisting of five sashes.

Bay window: An arrangement of three or more individual window units, attached so as to project from the building at various angles. In a three-unit bay, the center section in normally fixed, with panels operable as double-hung or casement windows

Casement window: A window containing one or more sash hinged to open from side, that project outward or inward from the plane of the window in a vertical plane.

Picture window: A large, fixed window framed so that it is usually, but not always, longer horizontally than vertically to provide a panoramic view

Awning window: A window, with one or more sash that rotate about its top hinge and projects outward.

Sash: The portion of a fenestration assembly that is installed in a frame and includes the glazing, stiles and rails, a sash may be operable of fixed.

U-Value: is a measure of heat transmission through a wall or window. The lower the U-Factor the better the insulation value.

Low-emittance (low-E) coating: Microscopically thin, virtually invisible, metallic oxide coating on the glass surface primarily to reduce the U-factor by suppressing radiative heat flow. The most amazing characteristic of Low-E technology is its “spectral selectivity.  Acting as a filter, it differentiates between the longer wave lengths constituting the heat portion of the electromagnetic spectrum and the shorter wavelengths that reach us in the form of visible light, and thus provides for the best of both worlds: maximum illumination with minimal warming effect.

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC): indicates the percentage of solar heat entering a window (sash, frame and glass) relative to a hole of the same size in the wall. Express as a number between 0 and 1, the lower a window’s SHGC, the less solar heat it transmits.

Visible Light Transmittance (VT): The percentage of the visible spectrum weighted by the sensitivity of the eye, that is transmitted through the glazing. Numbers range from 0 to 1, with the higher numbers allowing in more light.

Ultraviolet light (UV): The invisible rays of the spectrum that are outside of the visible spectrum at its short-wavelength violet end.  Ultraviolet rays are found in everyday sunlight and can cause fading of paint finishes, carpets, and fabrics.


Lead-Based Paint & Home Renovations

 

Checking Your Home for Lead-Based Paint

Especially in older homes and buildings (pre-1978), you may simply want to assume lead-based paint is present and follow the lead-safe work practices during the renovation, repair, or painting job.

You may also test for lead using a lead test kit. Test kits must be EPA-approved and are available at hardware stores. They include detailed instructions for their use.

We recommend you hire a Eastern Window certified professional to check for lead-based paint. These professionals are certified risk assessors or inspectors, and can determine if your home has lead or lead hazards.

A certified inspector or risk assessor can conduct an inspection telling you whether your home, or a portion of your home, has lead-based paint and where it is located. This will tell you the areas in your home where lead-safe work practices are needed. They can also conduct a risk assessment telling you if your home currently has any lead hazards from lead in paint, dust, or soil. The risk assessor can also tell you what actions to take to address any hazards.

For additional information regarding the causes and sources of lead, please visit http://www.epa.gov/lead/.

 


Replacement Window and Door Tax Credit FAQs

 

1. Which windows and doors are eligible for the credit?

Windows, skylights and exterior doors that meet the ENERGY STAR rating.

2. How much is the tax credit?

The tax credit is $200 for replacement windows and skylights and $500 for exterior doors.  The maximum credit for all taxable years for qualifying
products is $500 --- no more than $200 of the credit can be attributable to expenses for replacement windows and skylights.

3. What percentage of the products(s) purchase price is eligible?
Ten percent of the purchase price up to the cap listed in #2 (not including labor or materials for window and door installation).

4. When does the energy tax credit take effect and how long does it last?

The tax credit begins January 1, 2011 and expires December 31, 2011.  Purchasers of qualifying windows, skylights, and exterior doors must have them installed in their principal residence by December 31, 2011.

5. How does the tax credit compare to the previous credits?  Are consumers who took advantage of those credits eligible for the new tax credit?

The 2011 tax incentives revert to the 2005-2008 levels: 10% of the cost installing efficient windows.  Anyone who has taken advantage of the 2006-2010 programs cannot apply for incentives that exceed the cap  Example: if a consumer claimed $500 in 2006 for a qualifying exterior door, the tax credit is exhausted; if only $300 as claimed in 2009, $200 can still be claimed – for a total of $500.

6. Where can I get more information on the tax credits?

Visit http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=home.index.  The IRS will issue additional specific guidance soon.  Check http://www.irs.gov for updated information.


New Energy Efficiency in Replacement Windows

There are a number of reasons to consider installing replacement windows in your home. The technology used to construct energy-efficient frames and glass has improved drastically in recent years.  Energy-efficient replacement windows look great, are affordable and reduce energy usage.


Vinyl Replacement Windows

House with replacement windows
The Sienna Elite Series Windows helps to expand the enjoyment of your home. Season after season, year after year windows that lower your fuel bills and remain beautiful while doing it - Energy Star Vinyl Replacement Windows

Energy Star is a trustworthy label that identifies products that are energy efficient and save money.

 

 

 


Frameworks

Frameworks vinyl replacement windows
    Alside Frameworks Vinyl Replacement Windows. New Frameworks Colors; Beautiful windows inside and out.

  • Luxurious colors and natural appeal
  • Matte texture imparts subtle elegance
  • UV-resistant for superior color retention
  • Highly weatherable, durable and robust
  • Stands up strong to extreme heat and cold
  • High stability — resists cracking, scratching and chalking
  • Excellent resistance to dirt, chemicals and environmental pollutants
  • Ideal for seaside climates — resists damage from salt air
  • Features 10-year fade-resistance warranty rider for exterior laminates, in addition to the window's lifetime limited, transferable warranty protection. See printed warranties for complete details.

 


Steps to Replacing Your Windows

 

How to identify if you need new replacement windows