Window & Door F.A.Q.
Frequently Asked Questions.
Here are some common questions at Picture Perfect Windows & Doors.
What do you recommend for cleaning window glass?
What do you recommend for cleaning vinyl windows?
Wash vinyl window and door frames with a mild soap and water. Do not use abrasive or acidic cleaners – they can cause damage to the frame finish. We recommend testing cleaners in a small area first.
Debris and contaminants (bird droppings, sand, etc) should be removed right away. Remove large particles with a soft bristle brush, then wash with warm water and a mild detergent. Use soft, absorbent cloths. Periodic cleanings will keep your window and door frames beautiful for years to come.
What do you recommend for removing condensation from glass panes?
When moist air comes into contact with cool surfaces, such as glass, condensation can occur. Energy efficient windows reduce the amount of interior heat conducting through the glass. At certain dew points this can cause condensation. It means your windows and doors are performing as they should.
Condensation on the inside comes from high humidity and low air exchange inside. With older windows drafts could flow through the window opening. With new windows they are air tight and reduce heat loss, which also reduces air flow. You can combat interior condensation by reducing moisture sources (humidifiers, aquariums), increasing ventilation and leaving interior shades up a couple of inches above the sill to allow for air movement.
Can vinyl windows be painted?
Can scratches be removed from glass panes?
What is a Super Spacer?
- How tightly the weather seal is maintained, ultimately defines how long your windows will last.
- Windows are constantly exposed to temperature changes, bombardment by UV (ultra-violet) rays, barometric pressure changes and wind flow. Most manufacturers use rigid metal or hybrid spacers that do not allow for the natural expansion and contraction that must occur in the insulated glass unit to offset the effects of these pressures on the glass. The result is stress cracks over time and eventual seal failure.
- Low-tech spacers present another major problem: because they are good conductors, they allow the glass edge to get much colder than the rest of the surface, resulting in low thermal efficiency, harmful condensation and mold formation.
- Many manufacturers use rigid metal or hybrid spacers. These low cost, low quality components create mechanical stress which results in poor longevity. Their excessive conductivity also brings about poor performance.
- Picture Perfect Windows & Doors carries and install the best manufacturers’ models that come with the advanced Super Spacer technology.
- This graphic shows the true difference our Super Spacer makes in maintaining glass edge temperature. The higher the glass edge temperature, the better the thermal efficiency. That means less condensation, and a longer lasting window.
What is Title 24?
There are two ways to comply with Title 24 – the Prescriptive Method and the Performance Method. Both reports require information about energy efficiency, but we believe the Performance Method is the method of choice.
The Prescriptive Method is often viewed as the simpler choice to comply with Title 24, but it is also less flexible and each component must meet prescribed minimum energy requirements. This can lead to more work and higher costs.
The Performance Method requires more effort to be compliant but offers more flexibility and is more accurate, and can ultimately save you construction costs. The minimum level of energy efficiency necessary for compliance is calculated through a specialized software program. We recommend this method for new homes and additions.
If you have questions about Title 24 compliance, don’t hesitate to ask! We are here to help.
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