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Q: Do I really need new windows?
A: If your home has very old and/or inefficient windows, it might be more cost-effective to replace them than try to improve their energy efficiency. New energy efficient windows will eventually pay for themselves through lower heating and cooling costs. Improving window performance in your home involves design, selection, and installation. All which can be provided by Brinkman’s Renovations.
Q: How do I know how efficient a window will be?
A: All windows come with a NFRC label. This label identifies the U-factor ( this is the measure of heat loss) which the lower the number the more efficient it is. It also has the SHGC (solar heat gain co-efficiency) (this is the measure of how much solar heat is gained) which is the same principal as the U-factor, the lower the number the less solar heat that is gained from the sun.
Q: Are Brinkman’s Renovations windows Energy Star rated?
A: Yes. Not only do we meet Energystar criteria, but some of our window packages exceed them. We strive to insure that all customers understand what Energy Star requirements are needed in their specific regions as to help in choosing the right window for your needs.
Q:How much do replacement windows cost?
A: Brinkman’s Renovations offers several product packages with fair pricing. To get a correct answer for that it is necessary to measure and do a free in home estimate to give an accurate price. Not all homes a created equal some require more than others so giving a general price is hard because it depends on the project, style, & energy efficiency that is chosen by the customer.
Q: How does Low E work?
A: Low Emissivity (Low E) glass is one of the cornerstones of any energy-efficient window. Its primary purpose is managing radiation, whether it’s solar, light, ultraviolet, or heat. The secret is two microscopic layers of silver, which reflect heat back to its source. Other layers in the Low E coating filter ultraviolet and solar radiation, while allowing visible light to shine through.
Q: How much money will I save on energy costs with new windows?
A:The TRUTH is, we don’t know. In fact no one knows .A lot of window companies provide energy savings pledges that have no way of being correct. This is because there are so many variables to this “equation”. The utility savings that you can expect depends on where you live, construction of your home, how bad are the current windows?, along with the shade or the amount of sun that is around your home. Savings generally range from 10%-30% or possibly more.
Q: If you go out of business is the Warranty still good?
A: Yes the Manufacturer honors the warranty on the New Vinyl Replacement Windows.
Q:How Long does it take to get new windows?
A: On average from the time an order is placed with a Renovation Advisor it takes 4-5 weeks. All windows are “made to order’ to insure proper fit. Once the Installation crew arrives on site it usually takes 1-2 days to complete the installation of your new windows.
Q: If I have a service or warranty claim who do I contact?
A: For any related services or warranty claims you should contact Brinkman’s Renovations or the company that you purchase from.
Q: What about the Gas - is it really in there?
A: YES. Both Argon and Krypton are available for all window packages. Both of these inert gases are denser than air, so they make it more difficult for heat or cold to transmit through the glass units.
Q: What if our home is in a climate region that requires both heating and cooling?
A: Each insulated glass package features climate-specific Low E glass that is designed to maximize energy efficiency for your Energy Star Climate Zone. Choosing a triple-pane option provides the ultimate in window performance, and meets Energy Star Most Efficient performance criteria.
Q: Are Triple pane windows really that much better than dual pane windows?
A: YES. YES. and YES. Dual pane windows have come a long way, but they are old technology. Dual pane glass packages have been around since 1913. The proof is in the NFRC label. Triple pane glass has proven itself to be more energy efficient by helping to produce lower U-factors than a dual pane. Remember, the lower the U-factor the more efficient the window is.