A mobile showcase

At Meyerland we know our clients time is precious. And finding the best window replacements takes time. That is why we provide home visits of our mobile showcase. What that means is we can provide examples of some of our window brands and brochures to you in person. We like to talk directly to our clients and provide as much information as possible. We want you to feel comfortable and help you make the best choice with your window selection. Please contact us today for more information and to set up a home visit. We will be more than happy to answer any of your window and door questions.

Why Vinyl Windows in Houston?

Reference: Simonton.com

When it comes to windows and doors in Houston, vinyl is an all-around excellent choice. Unlike wood, vinyl windows and doors will never rot or require endless repainting. And unlike aluminum, vinyl windows and doors will never pit or flake. Simonton vinyl windows and doors are made from the highest quality vinyl and require almost no maintenance. In fact, an occasional washing will keep them looking like new for years. Plus, they offer increased comfort and lower utility bills, provide headache-free operation and add value to your home. You can’t get much better than that.

  • Increased Comfort  Simonton’s vinyl windows and doors offer excellent thermal performance for year-round comfort and to help lower utility bills.
  • Easy Operation  Our windows and doors open and close easily for maximum performance with minimum effort.
  • Weatherability  The premium vinyl used in Simonton windows and doors can stand up to extreme weather conditions year after year.
  • Energy Efficiency  Vinyl is an effective insulator. Our vinyl profiles are specially designed to work with advanced glass packages for optimum energy efficiency.
  • Low Maintenance  The color of the vinyl is integrated throughout, so frames and sash will never require painting, and they resist pollution, salt spray and dirt.
  • Value  Not only do Simonton windows and doors help to lower home utility bills, they also add value to your home.

Testing shows that vinyl window and doors are comparable to wood products in thermal efficiency.

Best window in Houston

What makes the best windows?

In our opinion it is a variety of items such as beauty, function, and durability. Depending on your personal preference, if you do your research, you will find the Simonton products typically win in all three of the window categories. With hundreds of window types and hundreds of Houston window companies to choose from, all you can do is do your research and make a sound judgement.

In our decades of experience dealing with all window types, manufacturers, and materials, we have found the Simonton meets the needs best for cost, appearance, and durability! Contact us today for a free consultation!

Wood Windows in Houston?

Most homeowners are reluctant to put wood windows in Houston.

At Meyerland, we understand your concern, which is why we sell wood windows with Jeldwen Auralast pine that will not rot! If you cut a piece of this pine in two and submerge it in water… it simply will not rot because the Auralast preservative process saturates the entire piece of wood! Here is more information…

• The Basics
• Durability
• Beauty
• We Care

WHAT IS AURALAST WOOD?

AuraLast Wood is the result of years of research and development, producing an exceptional pine wood that lasts and lasts…for many years to come. The proprietary vacuum-pressure process with leading-edge technology is designed to distribute the active ingredients into the very core of the wood for virtually 100% surface to core protection against wood rot, termites, and water saturation
In contrast, other manufacturers use dip-treated wood, which is protected on the surface only. This means the treatment’s effectiveness will be compromised when the surface is broken during installation.

Industry Leading Warranties
• Lifetime limited warranty on Pine Exterior Door Frames, Components and Exterior Trim Boards against wood rot and/or termites
• 20-year limited warranty on Windows and Doors with AuraLast against wood rot and /or termites

EPA News regarding lead paint

News for EPA Lead Rule for Home Improvement:

This past April, the EPA passed new rules and regulations concerning home improvement protocol that have seemed to have an effect on the industry, however detrimental. Until October 1, 2010, the EPA will not take enforcement action for violations of the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule’s firm certification requirement. This rule, Renovation, Repair, and Painting has existed since 2008, but it has since been completely overhauled with a big new requirement: certification.

Contractors and profession remodelers must go through a training course in order to obtain a certificate that says the recipient knows how to set the project up, do the work, and then remove tools, staging, etc, in the safest way. Although this new requirement of the Lead Rule is great in that it acknowledges the harm that lead can do when released into the air and onto surfaces during a home improvement project, there remains concern over the feasbility of taking these classes to be certified.

The program applies to homes constructed before 1978, which are the ones with a higher chance of giving lead poisoning during painting, installing windows, doors, etc. Also, the harm is mainly done to children under the age of six and pregnant women. It is certainly a good precaution for people with a weakened immune system. Contractors must submit an application and then pay a fee to the EPA. On top of this, as mentioned before, the ones performing the work in the company must go through a training course given by EPA-accredited professionals in order to learn lead-safe practices under the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule. Training must be completed by December 31 of this year.

Just recently, a provision has been revoked from the rule acknowledged by a July 6, 2010 press release given by the EPA. This provision says that the homeowners can no longeropt-out of the rule and all that it requires even if there are no members of the household who are children under age six or pregnant women. This is very important to the industry as a whole. The AAMA came out and said that this development is a huge blow to the industry, and in fact it is. The home improvement industry has been declining for a while now, and companies are struggling to maintain a level of business that they have been operating on for years.

Knowledge is important. A certified contractor giving a quote to a homeowner that has not heard about the new rule or removal of the opt-out clause may not be received so well when the quote is given because costs have been invariably rising, and the contractors and remodeling companies need to stay afloat. Also, awareness of this rule is mostly important in the world of dealers and contractors in a different way: if there is a project underway that does not comply with the rule, the result can be significant, up to a $37,500 per day violation fee, as well as certification revocation. Incarceration ensues in the case of criminal offenses. Prices are rising as the economy is not, and homeowners, dealers, contractors, and remodelers all need to be aware of this reality, however disliked it is.

Can you paint vinyl windows?

Showcase is proud to announce that we are now providing all of our products with a painted finish. Our paint colors include: Cameo, Desert Tan, Brick Red, Hartford Green, Obsidian, Craftsman Bronze, Tan, Aegean Blue, Sage Green, and Sundried Tomato. All of our windows are always available in either our White or Tan vinyl extrusion.
The 15 year warranty is very impressive!

Jeldwen Tilt and Turn

JELD-WEN has the Right Moves with New Tilt & Turn Custom Windows. JELD-WEN’s energy efficient Tilt & Turn home windows take building and remodeling projects further with one-of-a-kind options, performance features.

Klamath Falls, Ore. – They tilt, turn and they have all the right moves when it comes to performance and style.
Thanks to global-inspired design, JELD-WEN’s new energy efficient Custom Wood Tilt & Turn windows deliver exceptional style flexibility along with reliability and performance. Tilt & Turn windows offer the functionality of a casement window (hinged on the side to swing inward) and the ventilation of a hopper window (hinged on the bottom to open inward at the top). Increasingly popular among U.S. homeowners for building and remodeling projects, this European home window style provides energy efficiency, enhanced security and design freedom.

With all the advantages of the Tilt & Turn style, JELD-WEN is raising the bar even higher with its new offering. JELD-WEN® Custom Wood Tilt & Turn windows can achieve a DP (design pressure) rating of 65, even for its largest size of 48” x 84”. Additionally, they are available with proprietary AuraLast wood TM, JELD-WEN solid pine wood offering known for its industry-leading warranty and protection against wood rot, termites and water saturation. They also are available with sustainable SFI® certified wood as an option.

With protective exterior aluminum clad available in 41 colors, JELD-WEN also offers a number of size, shape, design, wood, glass and grille design custom options. Functionality choices include full tilt & turn, or inswing casement or hopper style only. JELD-WEN Custom Wood Tilt & Turn windows come with a 20-year warranty and are available for both residential and commercial applications.

“This window style offers key advantages when it comes to security, thermal and structural considerations,” said Brian Hedlund, JELD-WEN product marketing manager. “We’ve taken it to the next level with unique options specifically designed to enhance reliability and performance.”

Why buy Vinyl?

WHY BUY VINYL?: By Showcase:

Showcase® Custom Vinyl Windows and Doors manufactures high-quality vinyl windows and doors. A vinyl window is a window that has a frame made of PolyVinyl Chloride Resin (PVC), a strong plastic compound. Showcase® has chosen vinyl as our primary product due to its strength, durability, insulating properties and low-maintenance. Traditionally windows of wood or aluminum have been a popular choice. As more research is conducted on the matters of energy efficiency and heat loss, a need has arisen for a higher performing window. Increasingly, vinyl frames have stepped into the breach as the logical answer.

Great Insulator:
Vinyl has the property of a natural insulator. That is to say that there is little-to-no energy loss through the frame or sash of the window. While wood may exhibit this property at first, over time the wood can warp, crack, and mold. This lessens the integrity of the frame allowing air infiltration and the lose of insulating capacity. Aluminum is a very poor insulator because of its ability to conduct energy through its metal frame. Energy loss is inevitable and noticeable with an aluminum window.

Low-Maintenance:
Eventually a wood window frame might absorb the moisture around it. This has been known to cause the frame to warp, crack, develop mold, attract bugs, and draws in air born carcinogens. This can be prevented by a constant struggle to re-finish and maintain the wood windows. However, this is a costly and time consuming battle involving washing, painting, staining, and weather-proofing the frame. Aluminum windows get pitted over time or develop corrosion in the form of white rust. They too will ultimately require labor intensive care in the form of re-finishing or re-painting.

Contrary to those made of wood or aluminum, vinyl windows are virtually maintenance-free. The frame will not warp, crack, split, mold, or attract bugs because it is a sturdy plastic compound. The color is built into the compound so it will not fade or require re-painting. Vinyl windows do not absorb any of the pollution or moisture that is in the air, which is extremely important in the humid Gulf Coast region. No work is needed to maintain the performance and beauty of the window. A simple wash every now and then to remove dirt from the window is all that is needed for it to look and perform as new.

Environmentally Beneficial:

Purchasing a Showcase® custom vinyl window or door provides energy efficiency for your home. A lower energy usage not only provides you with financial benefits, but also lessens our impact on our natural resources. All things being equal, vinyl framed windows provide the greatest number of advantages. Their manufacturing process is inherently less detrimental to the environment. They require zero maintenance. They are the most efficient of any of the options available. Lastly, they strike the most reasonable compromise on the price vs. value scale.
Most companies tend to mass produce stock sized windows. This can lead to wasted material and is therefore not energy efficient. At Showcase® Custom Vinyl Windows and Doors our products are custom built for each and every order. Therefore, there is no potential for any wasted material.
Be smart for your earth, your family, and your wallet with Showcase® Custom Vinyl Windows and Doors.
From: http://www.showcasewindows.com

Window terms

Here are some basic replacement window concepts you might want to consider when researching windows. We understand the confusion you may feel and we are here to help! …

Double/Triple Pane – Most replacement windows today are double paned windows which means there are two independent sections of glass kept apart at approximately 5/8 of an inch. When you have a triple pane window, that means there are three sections of glass.

Low-E – This is a metallic coating used to reflect heat (energy) back to its source. It is applied as a thin coat on the panes of glass.

Balance-This is the mechanism in a window that provides force to the bottom half of the window so it is easy to move it up and down. Older windows have a weight on a line that is hidden in the cavity of the adjacent wall. Modern systems use either constant force spiral springs or very small block and tackle arrangements.

Condensation – This is a process of moist air forming on the interior of a glass window. Often this will result in frost forming on the inside of the window.

Desiccant – Is a drying agent that is placed inside the panes of glass in a double or triple pane window, (IGU) to absorb any moisture that may get between the glass panes.

Foam Filled – Window frames are generally hollow in nature. This is because they need to be a certain size in order to be thick enough to go from the outside of the wall to and beyond the inside of the wall. If the window frame was a solid mass it would make the window very heavy, and it would have worse insulating properties than if it was hollow with air. There are windows however that are sold, and touted, as having greater insulating properties because the frames are filled with foam.

Heat Gain – The amount of heat gained from both direct sunlight and absorbed heat. On many windows there is an effort to reduce heat gain, particularly from sun light.

Insulation – When old windows are removed and new ones installed generally there will be areas that will have voids that will need to be insulated. This is especially true if the windows were of the outdated variety that had counter weights in the walls. That cavity should be insulated.

Lead Paint – All paints manufactured prior to 1978 had lead as one of the ingredients. It was found that the lead in paints posed a safety hazard to the inhabitants of a dwelling as the paint aged, cracked, peeled and became accessible to ingestion particularly with children. The opening and closing of window sashes, covered with lead paint would created a fine dust that posed a particular threat.

Replacement Windows – This is a catch all phrase for a product that is designed to be used when old windows are removed from a building or house, and a new window unit is installed.

Roll Form Aluminum – There are two types of aluminum used in window manufacturing; roll formed and extruded. Roll form tends to be thinner in nature and is finished prior to the bending process in manufacturing.

Sash – This the term for the part that holds the window, for example in a double hung window there is a top window (sash) and a bottom.

Helpful Window Tips

There are generally two types of gas used with windows. Argon and Krypton. The purpose of the gas is to improve insulating properties between the panes in doubled paned windows. You want to inquire whether or not the windows will have gas.
Reflective glass coatings are most effective against radiant heat (direct sunlight).

Although there can be manufacturers that offer limited labor warranties with their products, most labor/installation warranties are provided by the individual contractor/dealer.
A U-value of 0.25 (R-4) is a good rating of energy efficiency.
When having new windows installed you should pay attention to the insulation and air-sealing around the new window frame at all points. The difference between what many manufacturers call “New Construction” windows is that they are typically stock sizes and have the integral nailing fin.

Windows are typically about 10% of your house, but are often responsible for about 40-50% of the heat lost or gained.
Low-E coatings are applied to the glass at the end of the float process, and they are generally soft-coat. Hard-coat Low-E is not as effective and thus rarely used.

Aluminum windows have fallen out of favor for residential use due to their conductivity. Their primary application is for commercial properties.

You can achieve 2-3 times the efficiency by installing new windows verses an old window with a storm.
Article courtesy of Tim at Replacement-windows.com http://www.replacement-windows.com/replacement-windows-tips.php