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Searching for the RIGHT Replacement Window?

With all the brands, materials and window styles to choose from deciding how to invest in the right window can be overwhelming.  At Howard Quality Window we try our best to make the challenge easier by educating you on our products and materials.  We do our homework to bring you some of the best window values in America by partnering with proven industry leaders who share our vision of quality.

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Not sure what the difference is between a Replacement Window and a New Construction Window?

Check our Glossary or the Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to common window questions as well as our Knowledge Center for buying quality replacement windows.

Types Of Residential Windows

Once you understand the basics - Consider which window type will best suit your home then review the National Fenestration Rating Council [NFRC] Standards for Quality.  These are the numbers Energy Star uses to determine how fenestration products comply with their standards and to categorize the products for the appropriate climate zones.  NFRC adopted a New Energy Performance Label in 2005 and revised most recently in 2009 with “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009”  The NFRC Label lists the manufacturer, describes the product, provides a source for additional information, and includes ratings for one or more energy performance characteristics.
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When looking at Windows and High Performance Glass Packages consider the following which all relate to the window efficiency level.

U-Factor - The single most important rating for for those living in colder climates.  Measures how well a product prevents heat from escaping.  Most windows u factors are between 0.2 and 1.3 with the numbers at the lower end of the scale being the best.
Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) - measures how well a product blocks heat caused by sunlight in warmer months. and is expressed as a number between 0 and 1.  The lower a window’s solar heat gain coefficient, the less solar heat it transmits in the house.
Condensation Resistance - Measures how well a window can resist the formation of condensation on the interior surface of that product. The higher the CR rating, the better that product is at resisting condensation formation.  The numbers range from 0 and 1, lower numbers being more efficient.
Air Leakage - heat loss and gain occur by infiltration through cracks in the window assembly.  The lower the AL, the less air will pass through cracks in the window assembly.
Visible Light Transmittance (VT) - measures how much light comes through a product. The higher the rating the more light that will pass through your home.  Less to do with efficiency, more to do with personal preferences. VT is expressed as a number between 0 and 1.  The higher the VT, the more light is transmitted.

Choose a High Performance Glass Package

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Energy Efficient Double Glazed or Triple Glazed Insulated Glass with a wide variety of innovations in glass coatings.

Low-E [emissivity] Glass applied to one glass surface blocks radiant heat, keeping the summer’s heat outside and winter’s heat inside.  Dense, inert, colorless, Argon or Krypton Gas fills the space between the glass inhibiting heat and cold from passing through and also helps to significantly reduce noise transmission from the outdoors.

DOE - R5 Windows

In March 2010, The US Department of Energy Coordinated the Building Technologies Program.  The program was focused around overcoming the cost barrier of the HIGHLY Efficient DOE - R5 Replacement and Storm Windows.  Here are some Fast Facts about the DOE - R5 Windows: 

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  1. Exceeds All Energy Star Requirements.
  2. Exceeds all Federal Tax Rebate Requirements.
  3. Outperforms Energy Star Requirements by 30%
  4. Outperforms Federal Tax Rebate Requirements by 34%

U-Factor

SHGC

VLT

CR

0.21

0.21

0.39

71

Download The US Dept. Of Energy - DOE R5: Fact Sheet (PDF)

Create Visual Interest with Window Grids

A distinctive way to add character to the look of your home, whether you’re admiring it from the inside or out.  Match the Grid Pattern in your existing window or match a historical period or architectural style.
Originally wooden grids were designed to hold individual single panes of glass (lites) in a window or door.  Today with Double Glazed or Triple Glazed Insulated glass the option is yours.

Grids Between the Insulated Glass [GBG] - View Grid Patterns

A cost effective approach to achieve the look of divided lites. Easy to clean the glass surface - interior & exterior the profile or shape of the grid can be flat or sculptured.

Simulated Divided Lites: [SDL]

The grid pattern is placed on interior and exterior glass surfaces simulating the original wooden grids from years past.
   
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