- QUALITY & PERFORMANCE (PDF)
- GLASS (PDF)
- PAINT & COLOR (PDF)
- EXTERIOR & INTERIOR TRIM (PDF)
- MUNTINS (PDF)
- HARDWARE (PDF)
- SCREEN (PDF)
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:
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.
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 –> Energy Basics by Quaker (combination package)
Better –> Energy 3S by Quaker (combination package)
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.
11 Popular Colors
During 65 years, we have done countless numbers of window colors. These 11 colors are always the most popular choices. From light to dark, choose away.
19 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 windows 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.
If new homeowners could stretch their budgets and move into their new house quicker, and builders could get done ahead of schedule and move on to the next job faster, wouldn’t they be worth exploring? Absolutely! It all makes dollars…and sense.
Truth is, it can be achieved easier than you think with factory applications designed to streamline some tedious, post-installation tasks.
Factory-applied jamb extension are a very popular interior trim option. For eons, the fall-back jamb depth for wood windows has been, and still remains, 4 9/16” from nail fin to interior. Once the window was installed, jamb extensions were added by the building crew.
Take note. That final step can be eliminated with factory-applied jamb extensions. Quaker’s factory-trained techs can perfectly attach jamb extensions to your windows and doors. 4 3/4”. 5 1/2”. 6 9/16”. Anything up to 7 1/4”. Quaker can give you the exact depth needed.
Yes, even on arched windows.
Yes, even on pre-finished windows.
Yes, even on patio doors.
For the exterior side of windows and doors, brickmolds, sill nosing, panning and casings are popular add-ons to enhance curb-side appearance. For decades, these accessories were only applied after the windows/doors were installed. Certainly a time-gobbling step. Especially for windows on the 2nd floor and above. That has now completely changed. The bold exterior look afforded by Quaker accessories such as our 2 7/8” brickmold or 3 1/2” flat casing now comes right out of the box, ready to be installed.
Again, Quaker will factory-apply these items, saving time, money and angst on site.
Yes, even on arched windows.
Yes, even on patio doors.
Yes, even on combination units.
The windows will arrive at the jobsite ready to be installed.
A large set of windows mulled together makes a magnificent first impression. Connecting these windows together in the field though can be a magnificent headache if the right tools and manpower aren’t available.
Allowing Quaker’s factory-trained experts to mull multiple units before they arrive can make for a quick, easy installation…saving time for everyone.
If you’re thinking about painting your wood windows and doors yourself, or paying someone to do so, here’s what you have ahead of you.
Step 1: Sanding the wood
Step 2: Taping off non-painted areas
Step 3: Priming the wood
Step 4: Painting the wood – first coat
Step 5: Painting the wood – second coat
Now consider this: Quaker offers a professionally-applied, Pre-Finished Interior as an option for our wood windows and doors. Professional paint techs spray-apply our interior paint. The most modern machinery makes sure the paint is applied as an even coat, thus avoiding brush marks and runs. Plus it’s all done in a dust-free, controlled environment. Our pre-finished interior coatings are supplied by world-renowned Sherwin Williams, whose color matching system can accommodate almost any color request. Basically, every color offered by Sherwin Williams is at your fingertips.
That said, undertaking the task of painting your wood is commendable and a source of great pride when you’re done. Quaker can still help with our Primed Interior option. You don’t have to worry about the initial sanding or priming. Quaker will do it for you. Your windows and doors will be ready to paint as soon as they reach your home.
Knowledge is Power
If you don’t know what it is, how can you know what it does? Good question. There are some very unique words used to describe window accessories. Let’s go over some of the more common ones.
Brickmold: The original purpose of brickmold was to give the bricklayer something to brick up to, while also hiding the connection between the window or door main frame and the raw wood buck (a.k.a. construction frame). Quaker YouTube Video – How to install Quaker wood window brickmold?
Sill Nose: An extrusion that is used in conjunction with brickmold. Its purpose is to cover and protect the sill portion of the window framing, whether it be brick, concrete or wood.
Panning: In simplest terms, it is exterior casing for windows and doors.
Jamb Extension: Flat piece of material (usually wood or composite) used to fill the gap between window and interior wall.
Ogee Lug: A decorative piece that sets directly under the top sash of a hung window. It is a integral piece in many old windows. If looking for a true historical look, we offer this special add-on accessory.
Mull: A metal extrusion that connects two or more windows together (vertically or horizontally). Mull is also used as a verb as in “They will mull the windows together.”
Rosette: An interior window/door accessory used as a connector piece between interior trim pieces.
Bold is Beautiful
That’s what today’s trendssetters are saying. When it comes to home exterior trim, “Wider is better”. Brickmold and panning are the way to get there. Brickmold doesn’t have to be used with just brick facades. It can be used with many other substrates, such as vinyl siding and hardie board. Brickmold still has a functional use, but is considered more for looks in the modern building industry.
Panning serves an aesthetic purpose of emboldening curb appeal too. Panning will be either designed with lots of dimension and depth should you choose a historical profile, or it will have little or no dimension should you want to go with a flat design.
Grouped windows can attain a brassy look with the use of widened mulls.
At Quaker, Quaker offers a variety of brickmold, panning and mull options because every job is distinct.
Quaker’s brickmold range — 1 5/8” to 2 7/8” wide.
Quaker’s panning range — 1” to 3 1/2” wide.
Quaker’s mull range — up to 4” wide.
Another big advantage is the fact that Quaker’s exterior accessories are made of painted extruded aluminum, meaning you’ll have little or no maintenance. Whereas typical brickmold or panning is made of wood that can age quickly, lose its luster and eventually rot.
Don’t Make the Interior Inferior
On the interior, there are several accessories that can warm up your decor too. Interior trim casing for a square window is obtainable from your local lumber yard. But what do you do when you have an arched window? As a courtesy to purchasers of our rounded or arched windows, Quaker offers an arched casing, specifically made to fit your window’s arched contour.
Quaker also offers rosettes to provide a smooth transition between separate pieces of casing. It is especially useful for curved casing applied to an arched window unit stacked atop a square one.
Factory applied jamb extension, especially when used with pre-painted windows, can give a clean, consistent look from the window to the interior wall.
What patterns are available?
There are lots of patterns from which to choose. Some are standard fare in the window industry. Others are a more elaborate. Yours may be a design customized completely for you. What you choose is simply a matter of taste but you should keep your home design in mind as you go. You don’t want your grid designs to “show up” the rest of your home.
Quaker offers grids patterns to fit just about any home design or décor. All of these patterns have variations that can make them as grandiose or discreet as you’d like. Quaker’s grid patterns can be accomplished using any of our available grid bars.
Between the Glass Grid: Quaker offers a flat bar and a contoured grid bar. The flat bar can be 5/8” wide, 3/4” or 1” wide. They are available as a single color or in a two-tone color.
Wood Removable Grid: This is a grid that can be removed and replaced at your convenience. It is made of wood and is available in one width only.
Simulated Divided Lite: There are numerous types and sizes of grid bars that fall into this cate-gory. The two things they all have in common is that 1) all are applied to the outer faces of insulated glass to make the glass look like several smaller pieces of glass pieced together, and 2) they’re all offered by Quaker.
Do I need to know what these abbreviations mean?
“Easy to recall and more convenient for all”. That’s why we abbreviate lengthy names. Why do we say USA, IRS and NFL? Because it’s more convenient then saying United States of America, Internal Revenue Service and National Football League.
Window muntins, because of their protracted designations, use a lot of abbreviation too. Here’s a quick tuto-rial on the most common abbreviations you’ll hear or see. Knowing what they mean will take some of the guess-work out of the whole equation.
GBG – Stands for Grids Between Glass. Divider bars set within insulated glass.
MBG – Stands for Muntins Between Glass. In essence, it is the same as GBG. Just substituting the word Muntins for Grids.
SDL – Stands for Simulated Divided Lite. Divider bars that are applied to the exterior side of the glass face. Combined with a grid bar between the glass to simulate the glass being divided into smaller sections.
CDL – Stands for Custom Divided Lite. In essence, the same as SDL except CDL denotes a special combination of exterior divider bars and interior grids.
TT – Stands for Two-Tone grids. These are grids placed between the glass that are painted two colors; one color on the exterior face (matching the window’s exterior clad color) and a different color on the interior face (matching the window’s interior color). Quaker has a full array of two-tone muntins, with a flat bar design and also a contoured bar design. These are very popular for windows and doors with painted interiors.
Should window cleaning be part of the equation?
There are two kinds of homeowners: those that like to clean windows and those who don’t. If you’re one of those who sees cleaning windows as a necessity, then there are a couple solutions that Quaker can offer to make this task easier.
Removable Grids: Quaker offers a wood grid that can be easily removed for cleaning and then snapped back to resume its good looks. Our wood grids are one complete piece so there’s no reassembly required. It’ll only take a couple seconds to pop off and pop back in.
Grids Between Glass: Muntins between the glass are “dust-free” and they don’t impede your glass cleaning.
Is hardware the first thing you should see?
Absolutely not. Wood window and door hardware, at its very best, is largely unnoticed. It blends into the window or door design and also intermingles with the entire decor of the home.
With wood windows or door, there are lots of ways to make this union happen. Start with the wood itself because it can be painted the homeowner’s favorite color, or stained or lacquered to create a rustic or contemporary look. Once they’ve chosen their interior color/stain, then it’s time to grab a complimentary hardware finish/color.
With all the possibilities of interior colors/stains, Quaker understandably offers a nice variety of hardware finishes and colors for our Brighton Series windows and doors. It’s up to the homeowner to choose the best combination. Some groupings are obvious. An easy example is a white painted interior window…with rare exception, it should automatically get white hardware. But other times it’s not as cut and dry. Finishes like Satin Nickel and Oil-Rubbed Bronze are well-liked and well-accepted for many popular decors yet in reality, they don’t work all the time.
Truth is, it’s simply a trial and error process. Be assured, you’ll know it’s right as soon as you see it. The bottom line is your hardware should be a part of your window…not vice-versa.
What’s going on behind the scenes?
Ask yourself this: When you lift the sash on a hung window, what makes it stay in place? Or how about: When you slide your patio door, what allows it to move side to side so smoothly?
In a word: Hardware. Hidden hardware, that is. Each integral to the operation and performance of the specific product in which it’s installed. Here are some examples.
- Balancers. Balancers are only found in hung windows, and their job is to keep the sash in place when you lift it up. Hung windows also have pivot pins which allow the sash to tilt in for cleaning.
- Arm Bars. Venting windows have arm bars, which extend the sash outward while it’s being cranked open. One never sees an arm bar until opening a venting window. When closing a venting window, snubbers help align the sash squarely and tightly.
- Rollers. Sliding Patio Doors have integrated rollers at the base of the operating panel, so it can open and close effortlessly and efficiently.
- Many hinged Patio Doors have integrated multi-point locking mechanisms for safety and security. Adjustable hinges support the operating panel and can be modified whenever needed so it closed snug and true. Head plates ensure the panels are closed tightly.
And there are lots more items not mentioned. Based on the operating window of your choice, there may be other optional hardware accessories available. Items such as egress hardware, electric operators, limited travel devices, lift assist handles and more. Got something you’re looking for? Ask your Quaker dealer about implementing it into your Brighton Series windows or doors.
One more note on hidden hardware. Just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean it’s working any less hard than the hardware you do see. Or that it’s of lesser quality. All hardware items used by Quaker are made by trusted suppliers. These suppliers are chosen because they manufacture a very good, long-lasting product that is continually tested to make sure it’ll stand the test of time. For dealers and homeowners alike, there’s a blind faith that hidden hardware performs correctly. Quaker’s warranty rewards that faith by covering many hardware pieces against manufacturing defects up to ten (10) years.
Take it down to the Finish.
The hardware industry has progressed over the years to include numerous finishes and looks.
- Painted finish. It’s just as the name suggests. Metal hardware is powder-coat painted for the best possible cure and sheen.
- Decorative Finishes. Also can be called “Plated”. Decorative finishes include variations of Brass, Nickel, Chrome and Bronze. These Decorative finishes are very durable as they contain a clear coating over the finish. These finishes are also non-reactive to the environment and should not age as long as they are maintained.
- Living Finishes are also part of the decorative finish family but with one big difference. A Living Finish is not protected with any type of exterior or clear coating. As it ages, a Living Finish is completely reliant on the environment in which it’s set and it the finish will actually evolve over the course of time. Oil Rubbed Bronze is the best example of a Living Finish. A living finish is not as durable as other decorate finishes and is more susceptible to scratches because of the omitted clear coating.
Again, your choice of finish is completely based on your window and house design. At Quaker, we are confident that our selection of hardware finishes will satisfy your interior motif. See your Quaker dealer for a closer look at available hardware finishes.
The importance of screens is easily overlooked by most window and door shoppers. But it shouldn’t be. Time to sift through three screen essentials “Durability, Visibility and Flexibility”.
How durable is your screen?
- Frame Strength: Check out the screen frame. Is it light-weight or have some girth to it? If it seems flimsy, then it’s made of roll-form aluminum. Or in other words, the same aluminum used in a beverage can. If the screen is a little heavier, then it’s made of extruded aluminum. Basically, the aluminum has the thickness of a quarter. That means extruded is 20 times thicker and stronger than roll-form. With that said, it’s easy to understand why a roll-form screen would easily kink when being removed from the window. Meanwhile it would take some real effort to bend extruded aluminum. Extruded aluminum will also hold its paint finish much better and is less likely to fade or chalk. At Quaker, our Brighton Series wood windows and doors are only outfitted with extruded aluminum screen frames for the utmost durability and a better look.
- Ease of Removal: Ever had to wrestle with getting a screen on or off a window? It’s not fun. You want to know the release and removal process for the window screens. For your convenience, Quaker’s Brighton Series screens contain a lift rail running the width of the screen, making removal and resetting the screen quite simple. The Quaker lift rail will never bend or break. Wood window manufacturers using plastic pull tabs in their screen corners are only biding time until their pull tabs become brittle and break off. Other manufacturers use plunger pins, which eventually bend and lose their staying-power.
Is your screen blocking your view?
What’s the first thing you see when you look out your window? If it’s your screen, that’s trouble. Screen technology continues to evolve so that screens should not detract from your view. Residential screen meshes are becoming virtually invisible, giving a new meaning to the actual definition of a clear view. Brighton Series windows and doors from Quaker contain BetterVueTM screen mesh for clearer views from inside the home.
Flexibility – Screen Options to Meet Your Needs
There are choices when it comes to a screen. And you should be aware of them to best educate your customer.
Along with the aforementioned BetterVueTM mesh, there are other optional meshes such as aluminum, sunscreen, even heavy-duty aluminum security screen. Because of its overall qualities, BetterVueTM is the standard screen mesh used in Quaker’s Brighton Series window and patio door screens. BetterVueTM produces a better, almost translucent view, greater airflow and superior insect protection. It also keeps its shape and doesn’t stretch or wave easily.
Of all the optional meshes mentioned above, aluminum is the most popular. Aluminum mesh is used more so in commercial window applications but can also be used in residential settings. It’s especially favored in areas where grasshoppers are prevalent because of that insect’s tendency to eat fiberglass mesh.
Another screen option offered by Quaker is the Retractable Screen, which continues to grow in popularity. A retractable screen is there when you need it and hidden when you don’t, much like window shades. When employed, the retractable screen provides the same qualities as a standard screen. When withdrawn, the screen disappears into the recesses of the window frame. Retractable screens are simple to install, provide easy, smooth operation, and fit nearly any window or doorway.
Speaking of doorways, Swinging and sliding screens are both traditional options for patio doors. Sliding screens are popular for both sliding patio and in-swing patio doors. Swinging screens are more commonly found on True French patio doors and also on single panel patio doors. Quaker offers both styles for our Brighton Series patio doors.