If you're shopping for new or replacement windows for your home, chances are you’ve come across a few different ratings, labels or certifications on the products you’ve looked at. Understanding the information these stickers convey is essential to your ability to directly compare your options and achieve your goal of buying the windows that best meet your home’s needs.
For the most part, national top-name window manufacturers that have been dedicated to building windows for years and have a proven track record of dependability, such as Simonton Windows, are a smart choice. Beyond that basic guiding principle, this guide to reading window labels will help you make an informed decision.
Here are some of the labels you’re likely to come across, and what they mean.
AAMA’s Gold Label Certification
Before they can receive Gold Label Certification from the AAMA (American Architectural Manufacturers Association), windows undergo testing by qualified, experienced third-party professionals using proper equipment. To be certified, windows must meet AAMA standards in these categories:
Most windows have a label from the NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council). The label alone is not a sign that you should purchase a certain window, but it can be a valuable tool, much like the miles-per-gallon sticker on a new car. The NFRC label provides:
Energy Star program
Run by the U.S. government, the Energy Star program qualifies a wide variety of home products for energy efficiency. For windows, the Energy Star program makes sure each product meets or exceeds energy-efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Energy. The experts at Energy Star recommend the following tips to help you select windows that work best in your climate:
This guide to the most important window ratings and certifications will help you decode the labels you will come across when shopping for new or replacement windows. For more tips and information, visit the Window Replacement Guide at www.simonton.com .