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Window FAQ #2: How do I know that I’m Getting a High-Quality Window?

Q: I want to get good quality windows for my home but I am not sure about the distinguishing characteristics. How do I know that I’m getting a high-quality window and the best value for my money?
A: Did you know that high-quality vinyl windows yield an average return on investment of 81% in New England?? This is even higher than the national average of 75%! Here at Coastal Windows & Exteriors, we are dedicated to providing high-quality replacement windows in MA as well as the rest of New England! We know all about what it takes to engineer a quality window and this is our best advice.
Beware of the Beauty Queen Window
We first like to warn homeowners of the infamous “Beauty Queen” window. This is a window that meets the minimum testing requirements for the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA). There is a second level for AAMA, known as the AAMA Gold Label. This product is pulled by Fenestration Rating Council or AAMA, ensuring that it, in fact, matches the ratings that you’ll find in the product’s brochure.
The idea behind Beauty Queen windows is that it looks good on paper but it’s not necessarily the best quality. The reality is that not all of these products are manufactured in the exact same way and the industry isn’t heavily regulated. Every window company is responsible for showing homeowners that they are withholding industry standards, or even exceeding them as we do at Coastal Windows & Exteriors.
Go for the Gold (The AAMA Gold Label)
The AAMA Gold Label ensures that you’re getting exactly what you pay for with your new window replacement. The best quality windows are engineered with 100% virgin vinyl to prevent warping, peeling, and flaking from moisture damage. They also include insulated glass packages with argon or krypton gas, which helps your home stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. You’ll also want to consider the window’s air infiltration rating, which is one of the keys to energy conservation. For example, our replacement windows have a CFM rating of .01 which is 23 times more airtight than the industry average.
Other Important Elements of Quality Windows
Another determination of quality replacement windows is the Energy Star certification. This shows that the window has undergone testing to prove its performance. You’ll find the blue seal/label included with these windows.
Energy Star-certified windows include elements such as argon and krypton gases. These gases insulate the home and prevent energy loss during the summer and winter. Triple pane glass also provides an additional barrier against energy loss, resulting in as much as $400 in energy savings each year.
Get High-Quality Replacement Windows from Coastal Windows & Exteriors
Our windows are top-of-the-line, providing a lifetime of performance through every season. If you want the best replacement windows in your home, contact us for a quote by contacting jhanlon@mycoastalwindows.com. Don’t forget that right now it’s Christmas in July and we have a lot of great gifts for you—check them out here!
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