Answers to all your Frequently Asked Questions
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. For more information, visit www.energystar.gov.
Click here for details of the 2012-2013 Energy Tax Credit, including filing information.
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Silver Line is proud to state that our vinyl windows and patio doors have been Green Approved by the NAHB Research Center. Approval for this certification is measured based on the National Green Building Standard™, which is the best existing standard for green and sustainable residential products. For more information, see our news article, see our Green Approved Products Certificate or visit www.GreenApprovedProducts.com.
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The Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) defines the standards of excellence in the residential and commercial window, door and skylight industry and advances these standards among industry members while providing resources, education and professional programs designed to advance industry businesses and provide greater value for their customers. For more information, visit www.WDMA.com.
National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) is a non-profit organization that administers uniform, independent rating and labeling systems for the energy performance of windows, doors, skylights, and attachment products. This means there are accurate, third-party ratings to measure and compare energy performance of windows and doors.
A U-factor (or U-value) of a window or door is the rate of heat loss. The lower the U-Factor, the better the window or door keeps heat in your home during the winter. This means lower heating bills.
Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) is the fraction of solar radiation admitted through a window or door, both directly transmitted, and absorbed and subsequently released inward. The lower the SHGC, the less heat from the sun is allowed into your home in the summer. This means lower cooling costs.
Vinyl is a great insulator, superior in its resistance to heat transfer. Vinyl windows and doors are affordable, durable, energy efficient, aesthetically appealing and require little maintenance.
Replacing old, drafty windows with energy efficient, durable Silver Line windows will help reduce both your heating and cooling bills. Your comfort and energy savings will be felt year-round.
Using nationally recognized third-party ratings such as WDMA and NFRC will help you compare windows to select the right option for you.
We offer a large range of sizes to fit almost any window opening. Click here to see the various window sizes we offer.
Insulated glass refers to two or more pieces of glass held together at the edges with a spacer to keep the glass from touching. This results in higher insulation values than just a single piece of glass. Dual pane insulated glass (two pieces of glass) is standard on all Silver Line windows and doors and is nearly twice as energy efficient as single pane glass (one piece of glass). Click here for more information on different glass types.
LoE2 Glass is designed to efficiently and transparently reflect heat. This glass helps keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. This can help reduce your energy bills while still ensuring exceptional clarity.
LoE3 Glass is a highly efficient glass that helps reflect even more heat, resulting in increased comfort and energy savings year-round.
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Condensation is moisture that sometimes appears on the surface of glass windows and doors when it’s humid. It can block your view, drip and even freeze and cause damage. Condensation takes place when warm, moist air comes in contact with the colder surface of glass. It is a visible sign of humid air. Windows do not cause condensation, however the right window can help control and reduce it.
Highly insulated windows help guard against condensation. Silver Line uses both vinyl, an effective insulating material, and dual pane, insulated glass for an energy efficient window that resists condensation. This means the window surface and the air indoors are closer in temperature. The window can therefore tolerate more humid air indoors before condensation and damage occurs. If slight condensation should occur, vinyl resists the damaging effects of water, keeping your windows looking new for years.
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Silver Line windows are composed of low-maintenance vinyl that requires just an occasional light cleaning with soap and water to remove any dirt. Many Silver Line windows offer tilt-in sash that allows for easier and safer cleaning from inside the home.
Silver Line is proud to partner with Connor Institute to offer lead abatement training and certification courses. Click here for more information.
We do offer windows that are certified for use in Florida. For the latest product certifications, please visit the Florida Building Code website: www.floridabuilding.org. Under the "Product Approval" section you can look for SilverLine Building Products as the Product Manufacturer under "Find a Product or Application". Then select the appropriate choices to view instructions that match your application.