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OTHER/NOT SURE
Select this option if you need multiple types or assistance in determining the best type for your project.

SKYLIGHTS
Allow natural light into top floor rooms such as attics that may not have walls for windows.

AWNING WINDOWS
Like casement windows, they crank out, but the sash opens upward instead of sideways.

STORM WINDOWS Protect older windows against energy inefficiency and are an economical option.

SLIDER/GLIDER
These windows feature a sliding track allowing the sashes to move left and right.

SINGLE HUNG WINDOWS Only the bottom sash opens. The top half of the window is stationary.

DOUBLE HUNG
Both sashes move up and down. Generally both sashes will pop in for easy cleaning.

BAY/BOW WINDOWS Generally protrude out from the exterior wall of a home, creating a wide view and wide window sill inside.

CASEMENT WINDOWS These windows crank out and allow maximum air flow in and out of a home.

BASEMENT EGRESS These maximize light in a basement and are also used for safety.

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Replacement Windows Rating

Replacement windows rating is an important measure by which windows are evaluated. In many different capacities we find rating systems to judge replacement window products. There are quite a few of these out there, and it is good to think about a few of them in the context of the decision we have before us when we're trying to choose replacement windows to install in our homes.

Of course, there are many different consumer advocacy groups out there working to represent all of us and protect our interests. In many ways these groups have unique access to the pulse of the people. They do testing and surveys on consumer products from time to time, the results of which can be very telling. Replacement windows rating is one thing these groups sometimes measure.

Consumers Rating Replacement Windows

It might be a scientifically based study of performance, but more often with these groups the ratings we get back are more about informal surveys related to owner satisfaction. These are very useful if we know that the sample size was adequate and the survey methods not designed to lead the respondent in any particular way. That is the trouble with finding accurate replacement windows rating from consumer groups. We have to be very careful about which rating to believe and which ones to leave alone.

Still, even given this possible weakness consumer groups give us a lot of good information on the performance and the financial value of different brands of replacement windows online. If you are interested in knowing how other people feel about certain window products before you make a purchase, this can be a great way to do just that. Sometimes we find out things that sway our opinions one way or the other or that help solidify a decision we have already made. Either way, this insight can be very valuable when used properly.

NFRC Energy Star Ratings

The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) publishes results of studies that are much more geared to performance and less on people's opinion of things. The NFRC is in charge of the Energy Star program. Most all of us have heard of this program and many people understand that it is some sort of replacement windows rating system. But beyond that, not many buyers are experts.

The Energy Star in very simple terms identifies the windows that outperform all others in terms of energy efficiency. The basis for the whole program is an idea that with a single uniformly applied impartial replacement windows rating system, the NFRC can determine in no uncertain terms which window products are superior.

Most window companies do their own studies and advertise the results in their marketing. The trouble with this is that there is no way of telling how any individual company is doing its own rating. The standards, the units of measurement, and even the list of characteristics that might be subject to rating on replacement products are typically all different across the different brands and manufacturers. The idea behind the NFRC Energy Star system is to level the playing field and present one single measure by which these products will be rated.

Replacement windows rating to the NFRC is a measure that demonstrates in an impartial way which materials are the best ones to install on a home. The Energy Star system is useful because it gives us hard data and not just someone's opinion on replacement windows rating. For this reason it is counted on by many people shopping around, and is loudly trumpeted by companies that get the Energy Star designation.

Ratings from Friends and Family

Another less formal source of information on replacement windows performance could be family, friends, or neighbors who have done recent window jobs. Sometimes these endorsements or complaints are just as valid and useful as any others because they address specific characteristics or perceived shortcomings of window units.

Maybe you hear that a certain brand came delivered to the neighbor's house and three of them were broken. This could be a problem with shipping or human error, but it still something to bear in mind. This sort of problem causes a delay in the remodel process.

Replacement windows rating is a broad area that has many more specific facets, each of which are definitely worth exploring. If you are a homeowner looking to do a replacement job and you are not extremely confident about any particular brand or model, this is just the type of research you could do to evaluate things and come up with a final choice. It is simple enough to do this research now that everything is online and almost everyone has access. Find out what you need to know about replacement windows rating and make the right choice on your purchase.

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