There are many important things you should focus on when considering glass in windows and doors.
Energy Star (What is Energy Star?)
Is it Energy Star?
For windows and doors, Energy Star assigns distinct criteria levels for different parts of the country (See map).
Do you know what Energy Star zone you’re in? Do you know the current Energy Star criteria for your zone? If you do, that’s good. But understand that these numbers will actually be obsolete soon. In 2015, Energy Star criteria for all zones except Northern will be lowered. In 2016, Northern criteria will be lowered too (See chart).
At Quaker, we’re well ahead of the game…have been for some time. We already meet the soon-to-come Energy Star upgrades and thus we offer all of the benefits that come with Energy Star qualified windows and doors; energy savings, improved home comfort, protection against interior fading and reduced condensation potential.
Aren’t all Low-E Coatings the same?
Not even close. There are different ways Low-E is manufactured. There are also different levels of “ingredients” for Low-E coatings depending upon the efficiency being sought.
Let’s start with the way Low-E manufactured. The two main types are:
Soft Coat Low-E: AKA “Sputter Coat”. The Low-E coating is added to the glass after it has been manufactured. It is added in a follow-up process.
Hard Coat Low-E: AKA “Pyrolitic Coat”. The Low-E additives are included during the molten stage of the glass manufacturing process.
Let’s put them side by side. In general, here is how Soft Coat Low-E and Hard Coat Low-E compare (See Chart).
Next, let’s look at the make-up of Low-E coatings. There are two types that dominate the marketplace. Double-Silver Low-E and Triple-Silver Low-E. Double-Silver has two layers of sputtered silver. Triple-Silver contains three. In general, the U-values achieved by each are quite comparable. However, there is a difference in how they handle Solar Heat Gain (SHGC). Triple-Silver Low-E can be as much as 25-30% better. Depending upon what part of the country you live, you may want more Solar Heat transfer instead of less. So Quaker gives you the option of either Double-Silver or Triple-Silver for optimal effectiveness in your locale.
Numbers of Low-E Coating
Is one coat of Low-E enough?
Since every part of the country has different priorities when it comes to energy-efficiency, customized glazing packages with more than one coat of Low-E are becoming the norm, not the exception. At Quaker, we have basic Low-E glazing and step-up packages, offering a “good”, “better”, “even better” and “best” collection.
Good –> Low-E (Double Silver) with argon gas
Better –> Low-E (Triple Silver) with argon gas
Even Better –> Energy Plus by Quaker (combination package)
Best –> Energy Max by Quaker (combination package)
Below are thermal numbers for these glass packages when added to our Brighton Double Hung and Brighton Casement windows.
Custom Painted Exterior Colors
What colors are available from your window supplier?
Most window suppliers have limitations when it comes to colors. Quaker doesn’t. At Quaker, we are the cure for the common color. When it comes to our Brighton Series wood windows and doors, we can literally offer our clad exterior in any color in the rainbow.
12 Popular Colors
During 65 years, we have done countless numbers of window colors. These 12 colors are always the most popular choices. From light to dark, choose away.
18 Impressive Colors
Want to distinguish your windows from the rest of the neighborhood but not be too bold? Here’s your destination. Impress yourself and impress your neighbors.
7 Resembles Colors
If an anodized finish intrigues you, you should consider one of Quaker’s 7 Resembles Colors; powder-coat, paint finishes made to resemble an anodized look. But you get a better warranty, better lead times and a better price. What’s not to like?
Unlimited Customer Colors
Let your imagination take over by selecting the custom color you desire.
Powder Coating vs Wet Spray Paint
How durable is the paint?
Quaker’s Brighton Series window and doors employ only powder-coat paint for their extruded aluminum clad exterior. The advantages to the powder coat paint far outweigh conventional liquid coatings.
3 ADVANTAGES of using powder coat paint:
- From a durability standpoint, powder-coat applies and adheres to material better. Powder-coat gives a thicker coat than liquid-coat, and is less apt to contain runs after applied.
- From an environmental aspect, powder coatings are as “Green” as it gets. They emit zero or near zero volatile organic compounds (aka VOCs) into the air. There’s also little waste in the application process, as Quaker recycles nearly all of the overspray. Whereas liquid coating overspray cannot be re-used and it must be handled as a hazardous waste.
- From an energy standpoint, powder-coat facilities use less manufacturing energy.
Quaker maintains total control over its paint application process, as it’s all done at our own paint facility…a facility so modern, there are only three others like it in North America. By painting in-house, we can paint to order so there is a consistent finish from one window to the next.
Pre-Finished and/or Primed Interior Paint
Do you offer professional Pre-Finished or Primed Interior Paint?
Not only can you get any color for your window exterior, but also any color for your window interior. Quaker offers a professionally-applied Pre-Finished Interior as an option for our wood windows and doors. Our pre-finished interior coatings are supplied by world-renowned Sherwin Williams, whose color matching system can accommodate almost any color request.
We understand if you want to paint your interior color on your own. Thus we also offer you an option of a professionally Primed Interior. You don’t have to worry about the initial sanding or coating. We will do it for you.
What’s the warranty?
Paint warranties all have coverage. But what do they really cover?
For wood windows and doors, warranty coverages on paint finish vary from one manufacturer to the next. There’s no doubt it can be confusing at times. Remember this when comparing warranties; READ THE FINE PRINT. There are always exclusions and limitations to every warranty. The warranty may say 30 years, but the exclusions may go as far as totally voiding the warranty if the manufacturer deems you’ve disregarded a small detail.
Also make sure the paint coverage includes FADING. Any paint is going to fade due to natural weatherization. But it shouldn’t fade at an abnormal rate; a rate that should be specifically noted in the warranty. Quaker’s warranty fully details its fade coverage in our standard warranty.
Amount and Thickness of Wood
How much wood is actually in the wood window being bought? (click on the image to see details)
Here are Quaker’s Brighton Series wood casement window corner cut side-by-side with another leading brand of wood window. You can easily see the craftsmanship and quantity of solid wood that Quaker has compared to other window brands. The craftsmanship and thickness means you are getting a solid and long lasting wood windows.
Treated for Long Lasting Performance
Is the wood properly treated for long lasting performance against water, mold and mildew?
All wood used in Quaker wood windows is specially treated in advance to maximize protection against water, mold and mildew. This means long lasting protection for your customer.
See more detailed information on the Quaker wood treatment process: Quaker’s Wood Treatment Process
Is the wood REALLY wood, or a composite/hybrid material that will eventually impact the look, integrity and life of the window? (click on the image to see details)
Other Leading Brands: Three very distinctive materials (wood, vinyl and roll-form aluminum), all of which react to temperature fluctuations differently. This triple-hybrid combination can cause dislodged connections, allowing water and air to infiltrate, eventually leading to wood rot.