FAQ stands for Frequently Asked Questions
What is a replacement window?
Unlike a window used in new home construction, a replacement window is a window that is custom built to fit into the opening of an existing window. It’s built to fit that opening precisely and can be installed without disturbing the interior and exterior trim. It can modernize and upgrade the design of the existing window and, in most cases, will provide additional strength and energy efficiency benefits.
Will my vinyl frame windows pay for themselves?
If you chose a high quality, energy efficient window such as the ones available from Thermoline Windows, your initial investment can be recovered over time, through reduced heating and cooling costs. Numerous airtight construction features and advanced glazing in Thermoline Windows units do a much more effective job of sealing cold air out and keeping heated air in.
Why has vinyl become the most popular type of framing?
The technology of vinyl extrusion has advanced significantly over recent years, enabling it to become the material that is most energy efficient and easiest to maintain. Vinyl has proven to be practical as well as beautiful. Thermoline Windows only uses vinyl exclusively.
What are the advantages of vinyl windows vs. wood or metal?
Aside from beauty and design considerations and general architectural preference, the major advantage of vinyl is the cost saving achieved through better energy efficiency. Another important factor is that homeowners never need to paint vinyl window frames, which results in a saving of both money and work.
All vinyl windows look alike, how do I tell the difference?
The major difference between Thermoline Windows and lower quality vinyl windows is in the internal construction of the sash and frame. When looking at different products, ask your Sales Rep to show you the structural components of the window and to explain how the window seals the airflow from inside the home.
What about glazing? Are all Low-e coatings the same?
No. There are different Low-E coatings that allow you to customize the glass performance based upon the location of the window in the home. Some coatings prevent more heat from entering, while others allow more heat to enter your home. This gives you the opportunity to control the comfort of each room individually, thus minimizing your energy consumption and lowering your costs.
Will vinyl frame window and glass units protect against forced entry?
If security is a concern, there are ways to maximize the security of your windows and doors. With the largest exposure to the entry of a window or door being the glass, the latest concept available is laminated glass packs. These are designed to withstand multiple blows with a heavy object and still stay intact. Our Safe Vision glass can withstand 30 to 40 direct hits with a baseball bat and not break out of the frame.
Can vinyl frame window and glass units reduce outside noise?
All windows and doors will reduce outside noise to some degree. If noise reduction is a concern, the best solution is to use Safe Vision laminated glass. This will improve the noise reduction by as much as 100% over a standard glass pack.
Do vinyl window systems reduce condensation?
They can help control the problem. Moisture vapor in the air condenses when it comes in contact with a cooler surface. A high-quality vinyl window system that incorporates the latest warm edge technology glazing will help to reduce condensation because it keeps the edges at a more consistent temperature. When you minimize the hot and cold differences of the glass, you reduce the amount of condensation.