How to rate a window in terms of reliability and efficiency

myfriendscottAugust 16, 2009

So, I know enough to compare U-Value, SHGC and VLT, but what else? Let's leave appearance out of the equation for right now. Are there any good websites that review windows outside of consumer reports? Our builder is pushing Visions 3000 windows for a $350,000 / 2067 sq home. I am researching everything that goes into the home and like to start my research using more of a clean slate approach and narrow down our options as we learn more.

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Krypton is better than argon gas between the glass
Warranty: life time and transferrable
No aluminum
Corners: Welded and fused
Greatest number in pvc/sq in in corners for strength
warm edge technology to buffer neat and cold transfer

West facing: low SHGC, built in shading,
South: SHGC greater than 0.6,U factor of 0.3 or less and VT high numbers

The AAMA windows at HD are Andersen 8500 or 9500 series to get accurate date

The Jeld Wen windows at HD are the Prem Tradition

Ellison Windows manufacturer # 8008469556 to get data needed and manufacturer of their windows. YOu will be shocked.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2009 at 3:27PM
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FYI...Krypton is throwing your money away in a double pane window.

Where the home is located has an awful lot to do with what window criteria are more heavily weighted.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2009 at 9:45AM
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