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Monday, April 21, 2014

Be A Window Label Reader - Part I

It's Consumer Awareness Week so we're focusing on educating everyone on how to read their window labels!

If you’re considering the purchase of new or replacement windows for your home, then you need to know about several important organizations, their certification programs and why they’re important to your window selection.

There are hundreds of local, regional and national window manufacturers. Your job, as a homeowner researching your window options, is to select the best-made window for your home that has been tested to certain standards and is backed by a strong warranty.

“For the most part, national top-name window manufacturers who have been dedicated to building windows for years are a smart choice for your window selection,” says Simonton ProNetwork Member John Wilding of FAS Windows and Doors in Florida. “These national companies, such as Simonton Windows, have a proven track record of dependability and will be available to support your long-term window needs.”

As you start window shopping, there are several key aspects to seek out --- AAMA and NFRC Certification and ENERGY STAR® qualified products. Here’s a breakdown of each one.

AAMA’s Gold Label Certification

AAMA (which stands for “American Architectural Manufacturers Association”) involves accredited lab testing on windows and doors. These tests are performed by qualified, experienced third-party professionals using properly calibrated equipment.

In order to receive the AAMA Gold Label Certification (which is the highest certification available from the association), windows and doors must pass independent AAMA-accredited test lab requirements that meet these criteria:

  • Prescribed maximum level of air leakage through the assembled unit;
  • No water penetration through the unit at a specified simulated wind speed;
  • Prescribed levels of structural resistance to wind and other dynamic pressures;
  • Life cycle durability requirements as applicable based on the product’s performance class designation;
  • Component performance verification to AAMA specifications including operating force and forced entry resistance

Simonton Windows proudly adheres to AAMA Gold Standards when manufacturing its energy-efficient vinyl windows and doors. Simonton controls the quality of the vinyl in its products by extruding its own vinyl compound at SimEx, Inc., a vinyl extrusion company affiliated with Simonton Windows. The vinyl pieces are part of the AAMA verified components required by the AAMA Gold Label Program.

Check out SimontonSays on Wednesday, March 23rd for more label-reading tips!

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