Frequently Asked Questions: Windows & Doors

I need a new door or window, how do I get started?

Start your upgrade by talking to one of our experts. Our trained associates can inspect your existing units and then offer recommendations based on that and your preferences. You can even visit one of our showrooms to see some of the options in person. Once you make a selection we'll provide you with a free estimate. 

How do I optimize my windows energy efficiency? 

The most efficient window is a fixed window. However, most people prefer operable windows, so casements and awnings are typically the best compromise. We also recommend using Low-E glass which has a coating that reduces UV rays. 

The most important aspect of energy efficiency is installation - windows must be properly sealed, shimmed, and insulated to ensure they are weather tight. 

What are standard window sizes? 

Standard sizes vary from one manufacturer to the next. Most manufacturers will list their standard sizes on their websites. 

What is a clad window? 

A cladding is an exterior wrap that is connected to the interior component of the window. Our manufacturers use either an aluminum clad or a fiberglass clad.

What is extruded aluminum?

Extruded aluminum is an extrusion formed when a liquid metal (aluminum or vinyl) is pulled through a die and allowed to harden in a particular shape. The extrusion process allows aluminum and vinyl to be much thicker and adds strength to weak points.

What are the advantages of vinyl, wood, and fiberglass windows?

Vinyl windows are minimal maintenance, tend to have better warranties, and are less expensive than wood and fiberglass windows.

Wood windows are commonly considered to be more visually appealing, and allow for painting or staining on the interior and a large pallet of exterior clad colors. 

Fiberglass windows allow for a variety of exterior clad colors. Interiors can be finished a white fiberglass or wood. Fiberglass is also paint-able and comparably energy efficient.

Do you do repair work? 

We do all kinds of repair work. As you might expect, we repair and replace broken glass. However, we also handle other window and door related issues such as storm sashes, torn screens, and hardware.