Frequently Asked Questions About Our Replacement Window Services
Few of us get our windows replaced more than once in our lifetime, so we may not have a full grasp of what constitutes a quality window. If you’re in the market for replacement windows, then Renewal by Andersen® of Rapid City wants you to understand your options.
What’s the Difference Between Single- and Dual- or Triple-Pane Glass?
Windows need more than one pane of glass to be truly efficient – both in the summer and fall. Dual- and triple-pane glass forms a barrier which guards against energy transfer between the indoors and outdoors. This reduces energy loss and how much your air conditioner or heater needs to work to keep your interior comfortable.
What Framing Material Should I Use?
You have many options for framing materials, including wood, vinyl and aluminum. All have their pros and cons. For example, wood is beautiful and a good insulator, but it’s subject to rot, therefore you must paint it. Vinyl windows are easy to maintain and inexpensive, but they can easily warp. Aluminum can last for an extremely long time, but it doesn’t provide insulation. The Renewal by Andersen Fibrex® frame is a composite material that combines the beauty of wood and the easy-to-maintain features of vinyl, and it has extremely high insulation value. This proprietary material is only available on our signature windows.
What Does the NFRC Label Mean?
The National Fenestration Research Council (NFRC) is an organization that tests windows and doors to ensure that they perform well and are energy-efficient. Each product receives a rating based on the tests. These will appear on the label of your new windows. If a window or door doesn’t have a NFRC label, then you should probably look elsewhere.
Why Shouldn’t I Buy Windows From a Home Improvement Store?
It might be tempting – and potentially cheaper – but these windows are mass-produced and won’t exactly fit your openings, reducing energy efficiency. They’re also made cheaply to improve margins, so they won’t have advanced glass packages or the best materials.
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Renewal by Andersen of Rapid City offers unsurpassed products and services to fit any home or lifestyle. We custom-fit every window to ensure exact fit and high energy efficiency. With over four million windows installed on over 600,000 homes, you know that you’re working with a window company who has the experience and skill to handle your next home improvement project. Get your windows updated today by calling us at (605) 341-7831 or by filling out our online form.