Monday, May 6, 2013

Milgard Windows Reviews

In 2009 we had windows (and sliders) replaced, with Milgard, on recommendation by the builder we selected. We found that at least half of the windows are now difficult to latch, one of the windows has a had a seal failure, some of the other latches are installed (or made) improperly and won't catch easily or won't stay up while you're trying to latch the other catch on the window. The slider screens would not latch easily and one of the sliders makes noise when the temperature changes at night. We complained for over a year to our builder and he told us that he contacted Milgard and they were going to replace at least one of the windows. After a year and a half of repeated calls, we've given up. I would NOT recommend that anyone even consider Milgard windows!!!

Mark Martorana

WOW! I recently had all the windows in our home replaced with replacement windows from Milgard. Recommended by a reputable contractor in a small town so everybody knows him. The day after installation was complete we felt much more secure and warm and comfortable in our home.

Now I come here and read all these negative comments, and I find myself hoping you who have had challenging experiences with Milgard, have had these experiences due to poor installation techniques. Time will tell, but as I said so far we are very pleased with our new windows.


Saturday, July 28, 2012

Certainteed Windows Reviews

Just purchased several Certainteed Contractor new construction windows to replace my old one’s. Went through a big expense to replace almost all in my home. Let me say that these are cheap garbage and were a downgrade from my old one’s that were 20 years old. The pivot points as stated above in another complaint holds true. The hardware in the track is about as durable as a peice of duct-tape. You take them out one time and they are so fragile that they don’t function properly after you put the window back in. (They bind and twist easily or bend or break). Wish I would have kept my old one’s or chose a different brand. I made my decision to buy based on J.D. Power’s high rating which must have a staff of grade schoolers putting together their questioneers for the customers. Highly NOT RECCOMENDED! Poor design and engineering. Please do the window industry a favor and purchase from another manufacturer that makes a better product. For the Certainteed suggestion box- Hire a new engineering staff. Scott A.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Simonton Windows Reviews

I would never order another Simonton Window for our house. Bought a 4 casement style for Living Room. First of all the order did not arrive on time when the contractor went to pick it up, not there. Then the 2nd time they told me the windows are here but 1 casement has a stress fracture but we will install all and re-order the one casement and come and put it in, well a Simonton Rep came to install it and he was down the road 5 minutes and I looked and it had a stress crack again>@>@>%% called him back and he re-ordered the window again, it came in due time, but after it was installed I looked down and the vinyl spacer bar between the two panes was bowed like a canoe, oh my what to do, order again, oh no the rep says that is not in eyeline view, well I am not satisfied so do we order the 4th time or do we take a gun and fix the problem window. This is the actual truth. I am going back to Wasco Windows like the rest of the house.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

What Every Builder Should Know

While there are many reasons homeowners consider replacing their windows, in most cases the decision hinges on energy efficiency or appearance. Many homes built more than 20 years ago contain windows responsible for massive heat loss in the winter and unwanted heat gain in the summer. Older windows, constructed primarily of wood or aluminum, also show signs of age much sooner than today's vinyl, aluminum, wood or fiberglass windows. Modern windows are simply superior products for their inherent efficiency characteristics and their ability to sustain their appearance over an extended period of time.

Recognizing the gigantic potential of the replacement window market, many of today's window manufacturers offer a broad selection of replacement windows in a variety of frame materials, glass options and styles. Replacement windows now have as many options as windows made for new construction. Another big advantage that today's replacement windows have is that they are oftentimes custom made by manufacturers who don't limit their products to "standard" sizes.

Replacement windows can be custom ordered in virtually any shape and style, including picture windows, radius top, arch top, casements, awnings, and quarter, half and full round windows. When recommending a style to a homeowner, consider the home's character. Windows should complement the look of the home, not detract from it. Divided-light windows are best suited for traditional style homes. To create a more contemporary look, casements, sliders and awnings work well. For spacious rooms or rooms where the homeowner wants to emphasize height, arched and round-top windows are a good choice. Stacking windows and mixing styles can also add an element of interest.

Custom replacement windows ensure windows of exacting size to a home's existing window openings. This makes replacement a simple process-there is no need to expand the size of the opening-leaving the structure of the house undisturbed. Replacement windows should fit appropriately into openings and, depending upon the manufacturer, could have a frame constructed specifically for a particular exterior application from siding to brick to stucco. Windows for an entire home should take only days to install, depending upon the number of windows.

Selecting the window frame material can seem like a daunting task for homeowners, therefore it is important for builders to know the basics of window construction and what additional options are available. When suggesting replacement windows to homeowners, be sure to consider the surrounding conditions such as noise, climate and light. The right window will help lower energy costs and increase comfort.

Monday, May 14, 2012

How to Choose the Right Replacement Windows

How to Choose the Right Replacement Windows
So you've decided to purchase and install new replacement windows. How to Choose the Right Windows? Many people trying to find the answer to this question people.

Need to pay attention to many details when purchasing it.

1. Frame. Frame is the material from which made the window.

2. –°ompany.
How to choose the right company. Need to pay attention to the age and experience of the company. One of the most important stages of negotiations with the company is to discuss all the technical details

3. The choice of accessories. Accessories - are the mechanisms that are responsible for opening and closing windows.

4. Quality of installation.

The main thing is not only to choose the right window, but also to make right mounting. Reliability of the windows by 50% depends on proper installation.

5. Warranty. This is no less important point.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

What Are Ratings for the Vinyl Windows?

Many of you would like to find out how to interpret vinyl window ratings that you can find on a label. In fact, some of you may have no idea that there usually is some form of displayed information on windows which you can find very useful.

what are ratings for the vinyl windows

The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) was formed some time ago by builders, specifiers, manufacturers, designers, architects, suppliers, code officials, utilities, and government agencies. The members of NFRC collectively devised a window energy rating system, which based on vinyl window performance.

The members of NFRC came up with a series of ratings based on several important measurements of a window that shows its performance or opposite non-performance.

These vinyl window ratings that were devised look at:

  • Air Leakage
  • U-Factor
  • Visible Transmittance
  • Solar Heat Gain Coefficient

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Selecting Energy Efficient Windows

The current energy shortage is having a major effect on what homeowners are looking for in their homes. Not only do they want something that fits their tastes and matches their styles, they also need for their homes to perform better than ever. In an effort to keep utility bills low, homeowners are selecting building materials carefully and depending upon builders for their expertise. As a result, it is extremely important that builders are educated as to the best possible choices for each individual homeowner.

In recent years, manufacturers have introduced a wide range of energy-efficient window products to the building industry - from insulated glass units and thermal spacers to tinted glass and low-emissivity coatings. With so many product options available in the marketplace today, selecting a window can be a difficult task. What types of windows perform best in warm climates? Which windows save the most energy?
When determining which window is best for a particular application, look to a window's U-value first. The U-value is a measure of how much heat escapes through a window unit. The lower the U-value, the more efficient the window. U-values generally range from .1 to .9, with .1 being the most efficient.

Most window manufacturers use U-values when rating their windows, but the rating may not be based on the same factors for different manufacturers. Some manufacturers may give you a rating for the center of the glass, while others may calculate the rating for the entire window, including the frame. The entire window rating is what you should look at when comparing ratings of different windows.

Another rating to look for is the solar heat gain co-efficient (SHGC). SHGC measures the sun-shielding properties of a window, particularly important in warm climates where a cool indoor temperature is desired. The lower the SHGC rating, the better the product will protect from solar heat entering a home. In southern regions, glass products with lower solar heat gain ratings help keep annual cooling costs low. When looking at SHGC ratings, clear glass typically carries a rating around .80, whereas tinted glass has a rating of approximately .11. Tinted glass offers a host of benefits. It absorbs heat, thereby minimizing solar heat gain, reduces interior damage caused by harmful ultraviolet rays, and adds an element of privacy by decreasing visibility to a home's interior.

Low-emissivity (low-E) glass is fast becoming the product of choice among builders, remodelers and consumers looking for new construction and replacement windows. Emissivity measures the amount of heat is emitted from a window. The lower the level of emissivity, the more efficient the window. Emissivity levels generally range from 0 to 1.