Windows FAQ

Long-lasting beauty, low maintenance and excellent thermal efficiency ratings give vinyl windows a winning edge over other types of replacement windows. Simonton’s vinyl compound is produced with extra levels of UV inhibitors to help withstand harsh weather conditions, and it is recyclable and environmentally friendly. Vinyl won’t pit or peel over time, and with only simple care and cleaning, they can keep their beautiful appearance for years to come.

Windows FAQ

Q. What should are R-values and U-values?
A. R-value is the resistance a material has to heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater the resistance. U-value is the amount of heat transferred through a material. The lower the U-value, the slower the rate of heat flow and the better the insulating quality. When shopping for windows, look for higher R-values and lower U-values for the most energy-efficient products possible.

Q. What is Low E/Argon-filled glass, and how does it work?
A. Low E (Emissivity) glass has a special coating applied onto our into the glass surface. The coating allows short-wave energy to pass through but reflects long-wave infrared energy, improving the U-value.

Argon gas is an odorless, colorless, tasteless, non-toxic gas that is six times denser than air. It’s used to replace air between the glass panes to reduce temperature transfer for better thermal efficiency.

Q. How do Simonton products perform when compared to AAMA and NFRC standards?
A. Simonton Windows products test data compares very favorably with the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) standards. Their commitment is to provide the best possible thermal, air, water, operating force and structural performance in each of their product lines.

Q. What does it mean that Simonton’s windows and doors pass AAMA and NFRC tests?
A. All Simonton products are certified to meet or exceed industry standards set forth by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC).

Q. How does insulating glass improve the quality of Simonton’s windows and doors?
A. Insulating glass improves the quality of Simonton windows and doors by:
• Improving the performance of the U- and R-values of windows and doors
• Reducing condensation
• Helping keep the heat in and cold out during winter
• Helping keep the heat out and the cold in during summer

Q. How do vinyl windows compare with windows made from other materials, such as wood and aluminum?
A. The performance and longevity of vinyl windows compare very favorably to those of other building materials, and vinyl often costs less to produce. Vinyl windows and doors are rapidly capturing a major market share as more builders and homeowners learn about vinyl’s outstanding value and economy.

Q. I plan to have Simonton windows installed in my new or existing home. How can I be sure the contractor, remodeler or window installer is qualified to install Simonton windows?
A. We suggest you ask your contractor, remodeler or window installer for local references, call your local area Builder’s Association, and check with the Better Business Bureau in your area. Also, you may want to ask who their building supply distributor is and contact the distributor for more information.

Q. What are egress requirements?
A. Egress requirements indicate a minimum opening size that certain windows must meet. These requirements tend to vary according from region to region, so please contact your local building code official for egress requirements in your area.