Shopping around for window replacement products and services for the very first time can be a daunting task. The whole process just seems so filled with technical terms and concepts. Are you going to get a good deal? Or are you going to pay through the nose for an inefficient window? Many unscrupulous contractors take advantage of a client’s lack of knowledge about the in’s and out’s of the industry. Therefore, it pays to have some understanding of the products beforehand so you don’t go into battle unarmed, so to speak.
Let our experts at Renewal by Andersen® of Denver explain a few of the most common terms thrown around in the world of replacement windows to help make your own search go as smoothly as possible.
NFRC stands for the National Fenestration Ratings Council. It’s a federal organization tasked with rating fenestration products—that is, replacement windows—based on a few performance standards. These include SHGC or the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient and U-Factors, as well as Visible Transmittance and Air Leakage.
Solar Heat Gain Coefficient
Our window installation products at Renewal by Andersen come standard with our exclusive High-Performance™ Low-E4® coating. This coating reflects the sun’s heat away from your home without sacrificing the amount of light it allows to pass through. This means that your interiors are kept relatively cool even under direct sunlight, giving us exceptionally low SHGC numbers. The lower the SHGC is, the better the window is at resisting the sun’s heat.
The U-Factor, or sometimes U-Numbers or U-Values, shows the window’s insulating properties. You want to find windows with the lowest U-Factors. These windows are the best when it comes to insulating your home from the outdoors. This means higher energy efficiency for your home by lowering the heating and cooling losses from your windows.
At Renewal by Andersen of Denver, we are your leading provider of window installation and replacement. Give us a call at (303) 823-4312 in Denver or (719) 419-5496 in Colorado Springs. You may also fill out our online contact form to schedule a free design consultation and request a free estimate today. We serve homeowners in Denver, CO, as well as all nearby areas in Colorado Springs.