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Advantages of Replacement Windows

By America's Best Choice Siding and Windows / September 8, 2022 / Comments Off on Advantages of Replacement Windows

Home improvement products cover a wide range of materials available to homeowners. When it comes time to replace older, less-efficient windows, look for more energy-efficient products such as those carrying the ENERGY STAR label. Replacement windows can add a great deal of value to your home, including a greater comfort level and energy savings. Investing…

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The Value of Composite Siding

By America's Best Choice Siding and Windows / August 1, 2022 / Comments Off on The Value of Composite Siding

With the look of real wood siding, composite technology has brought homeowners one of today’s best siding solutions. Durable, aesthetically appealing and an industry-leading lifetime warranty make composite siding a smart choice at a great value. Special care taken in the siding design gives the overall appearance of high-end cedar planks. Insulating performance is achieved…

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The Little House in the Mountains

By America's Best Choice Siding and Windows / July 20, 2022 / Comments Off on The Little House in the Mountains

We recently took a call from a customer in need of new windows for his home. When we arrived to give the gentleman an estimate, we found he was not able to afford much in the way of improving the quality of his windows. One window in particular was in very sad shape, allowing the…

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Argon Gas in Windows

By America's Best Choice Siding and Windows / July 7, 2022 / Comments Off on Argon Gas in Windows

Earth’s atmosphere is comprised of 0.9% Argon. One of the inert or Noble gases, Argon is colorless, odorless and non-flammable. Denser than air, Argon added to a double pane window unit greatly improves the insulating capability. The addition of Argon with Low E coatings brings the temperature of the glass closer to room temperature. Homeowners considering…

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Low E Window Facts

By America's Best Choice Siding and Windows / July 1, 2022 / Comments Off on Low E Window Facts

In an insulated glass unit (IGU), the glass surface acts to absorb heat energy or shift that energy away in the form of moving air. Low E (low emissivity) coating applied to the glass surface helps to reduce the penetration of infrared and ultraviolet light. The protective layers, actually thinner than a human hair, act…

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US Department of Energy Guide

By America's Best Choice Siding and Windows / June 24, 2022 / Comments Off on US Department of Energy Guide

The project of lowering energy costs can be a daunting task to undertake. Homeowners need to consider cost, of course, in any home improvement job. Replacement windows are a great way to begin, but homeowners need to first consider spending some of the costs involved on sealing unwanted air infiltration in the house as a…

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Choosing a Front Entry Door

By America's Best Choice Siding and Windows / June 22, 2022 / Comments Off on Choosing a Front Entry Door

Front entry doors are available in wood, steel and fiberglass materials. Today’s exterior doors frequently consist of a combination of materials. This type of door construction offers maximum insulating capability as well as excellent safety. High-end fiberglass and steel doors utilize a “thermal break” between the inside and outside skin of the door. This thermal…

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U-Value and SHGC Window Ratings

By America's Best Choice Siding and Windows / June 20, 2022 / Comments Off on U-Value and SHGC Window Ratings

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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Vinyl Versatility

By America's Best Choice Siding and Windows / June 17, 2022 / Comments Off on Vinyl Versatility

Vinyl siding options offer many different style choices for the homeowner. Architecturally, choices include different sizes of Dutch Lap, Board and Batten, Clapboard and Shake. Some homeowners may want vinyl with a wood grain look and others may want a smooth look to the vinyl. Colors range from very dark to white. The Vinyl Siding…

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Muntins and Mullions

By America's Best Choice Siding and Windows / June 13, 2022 / Comments Off on Muntins and Mullions

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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