U-Value and SHGC Window Ratings

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In 1989 the National Fenestration Rating Council was developed to standardize ratings for windows. Energy-efficiency ratings for windows can be found by looking at the U-value and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC). Ask your retailer or window manufacturer for these ratings before you purchase to make sure you are buying the most efficient window for…

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Muntins and Mullions

A Window With Black Framing and White Frame

Muntin is an age-old term used to describe spacing inside windows, doors and other building structures such as interior paneling and exterior siding. The term is even used in the design of furniture. Today we mostly refer to muntins in windows and doors as “grids“. These separations in the glass can be on the outside…

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James Hardie Siding

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For long-term durability, Hardie siding is a great choice. Fiber cement products from James Hardie are manufactured to be resistant to hail damage as well as being fire-resistant. Check with your insurer to see if you can lower your homeowner’s insurance rates with new Hardie siding installed on your home. ​ Over time, homeowners may…

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