Homeowners must consider several factors when it comes time to get new windows, including whether they should be wood, vinyl, or another type of material. While improving the appearance of the home and improving re-sale value are certainly important, homeowners also need to think about energy efficiency, maintenance, cost, and quality. Vinyl has clear advantages

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In our previous blog post, we highlighted some of the requirements of the city of San Francisco regarding the replacement of windows on residential property. While the info is absolutely crucial to residents looking to upgrade their home, it’s important to note that these specific requirements vary from city to city. Today we will take

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The Amazing Potential of Smart Windows

The explosion in “smart” technology have drastically changed the 21st century. From smart phones to smart cars, smart windows have recently came into the market with the potential to significantly reduce energy consumption and more. Switchable glazing technology in smart windows allows windows to change properties such as shading coefficients or visible transmittance in response

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In a recent article from the San Jose Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com/los-gatos/ci_25128176/exterior-projects-rated-most-valuable-home-improvements, realtors rated what they considered as the most valuable home improvement exterior projects. In the 2014 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report, homeowners who make improvements to the exterior of their home, such as doors, house painting and window replacement, can gain back as much

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Window Features To Consider

In addition to the NFRC and ENERGY STAR labels as well as weighing the cost and warranties, there are other factors to consider when choosing the right windows for your home. These factors include water infiltration, structural performance, acoustical performance and security performance. Here we provide an overview of these key window features: Water Infiltration

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Measuring Window Performance

There are a number of ways for consumers to determine the efficiency of window replacements. The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), a non-profit organization that administers uniform and independent rating and labeling system for the energy performance of windows and others home attachment products; have created an NFRC label for all window products that meets

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Types of Window Frames

There are so many different types of window replacements available in the market today, each with varying degrees of energy-efficiency that consumers may be unaware of. To help consumers make informed decisions, the Department of Energy (DOE) has compiled a brief overview of the following different types of window frames and their benefits and features: Aluminum

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