Do you have questions concerning any of our window products? Here are a few answers to frequently asked questions. Don’t hesitate to send us your questions. We may even add yours to our list!
Our windows have many features built in to keep the temperature of the glass as warm as possible to reduce condensation. Insulating glass units provide superior energy efficiency to reduce the potential for condensation, however, there is no such thing as a condensation-free window in high humidity conditions. Controlling the amount of moisture in your home is the most effective action you can take to avoid condensation.
Here are a few tips on reducing the moist air in your home:
- Use fans in bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms to circulate the air.
- Air out your home frequently by opening doors and windows.
- Reduce the number of indoor house plants, as plants increase humidity levels.
- Use a dehumidifier to remove excess humidity from the air.
U-value is the amount of heat transferred through a material. The lower the U-value, the slower the rate of heat flow and the better the insulating quality.
Long-lasting beauty, low maintenance and excellent thermal efficiency ratings give vinyl windows a winning edge over other types of replacement windows. Vinyl window compound is produced with extra levels of UV inhibitors to help withstand harsh weather conditions, and it is recyclable and environmentally friendly. The color of the vinyl is molded clear through, and will never pit, peel, chalk or require any maintenance other than normal cleaning.
I plan to have windows installed in my new or existing home. How can I be sure the contractor, remodeler or window installer is qualified to install them?
Argon Gas is an odorless, colorless, tasteless, nontoxic gas which is six times more dense than air. It is used to replace air between the glass panes to reduce temperature transfer.
- Improving the performance of the U and R values of your new windows and doors
- Reducing condensation
- Helping keep the heat in and cold out during winter
- Helping keep the heat out and the cold in during summer
I selected the brass hardware option for my new windows. How do I maintain the brass hardware’s beautiful appearance?
Over time, all brass hardware will eventually develop tarnish. This is when the finish of the protective lacquer coating on your brass hardware begins to breakdown, usually noticed as small dark spots appearing in high contact or wear areas. The rate tarnishing occurs depends on your surrounding environmental conditions. Areas with high levels of automotive and industrial pollutants, ultraviolet rays and salty sea air will produce accelerated levels of tarnishing.
When tarnishing of the hardware reaches an undesirable level, the brass hardware components should be refinished. The following procedures are recommended:
- The hardware must be thoroughly cleaned, including removal of all remaining lacquer and other foreign materials. When cleaning the hardware, it should first be removed from the window to avoid any unnecessary damage to the window during the refinishing process. Simonton, makers of the Prism Platinum window line, recommends using fine steel wool (No. 00000) soaked in a light oil or soapy water to keep metal abrasion to a minimum. For tough to clean hardware, try soaking the hardware in a lacquer thinner or paint reducer overnight.
- Once the hardware is thoroughly cleaned, you can restore the hardware’s brilliant luster with any commercially available polish.
- The refurbished brass surfaces must now be protected. It is impractical to reapply a lacquer coating unless the proper tools and experience are available. Therefore, Truth Hardware recommends several coatings of a quality automobile wax. The finish can then be prolonged with follow-up wax applications.