Abcleads.com BBB Business Review  NAHB member
Call us at
1-800-219-5332


All times are UTC - 5 hours




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 10 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Energy Credit qualified windows
PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2009 4:33 pm 

Joined: Thu Sep 17, 2009 10:28 pm
Posts: 5
Offline
Hey does anyone out there know if the quality of replacement windows can be known by the fact that the particular replacement window in question qualifies for the Government energy credit?

I've got some replacement windows that were put in 10 years ago. Surely a window that qualifies for the max 30% tax credit now should be a better window than what I put in 10 years ago I am assuming, considering the time that has passed, etc?

Any thoughts? Thanks.....


Top
 
 
 Post subject: Re: Energy Credit qualified windows
PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 9:33 am 
User avatar

Joined: Wed Apr 04, 2007 11:21 pm
Posts: 3678
Location: DC Metropolitan Area-Maryland/Virginia/DC
Offline
Quality...no. Efficiency...sort of.

An Energy Star qualified (i.e. tax credit qualified) will meet certain performance minimums when it comes to thermal efficiency. This is indicative of what type of glass and/or gas fill is used. The window itself could ultimately be built to very poor tolerances and leak air like a sieve which would translate to very poor efficiency in a real world application. It could also be built using substandard vinyl or mil thickness and have many problems down the road during what would be considered a normal lifecycle.


Top
 
 
 Post subject: Re: Energy Credit qualified windows
PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 12:51 pm 

Joined: Thu Sep 17, 2009 10:28 pm
Posts: 5
Offline
Thanks Windows on Washington for the reply. That is what I was thinking.

I posted last week also. I am working with a window company and they are offering me an Alside UltraMaxx window or a Cutting Edge Plus window---both priced the same. I'm trying to figure out which one would be the better window to choose when looking between those two options.

Thanks. :D


Top
 
 
 Post subject: Re: Energy Credit qualified windows
PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 12:22 am 

Joined: Wed Nov 11, 2009 5:53 pm
Posts: 3
Offline
I had a window salesman tell me that the tax credit requirements could be changing in 2010. Is this true?


Top
 
 
 Post subject: Re: Energy Credit qualified windows
PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 10:26 am 
User avatar

Joined: Wed Apr 04, 2007 11:21 pm
Posts: 3678
Location: DC Metropolitan Area-Maryland/Virginia/DC
Offline
Not to my knowledge. The ETC is for 2009-2010.


Top
 
 
 Post subject: Re: Energy Credit qualified windows
PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 11:53 am 

Joined: Sat Feb 10, 2007 11:51 pm
Posts: 1579
Location: Northern,Virginia
Offline
It's possible the restrictions on SHGC may be eliminated for the Northern U.S.


http://www.dwmmag.com/index.php/legislation-introduced-to-amend-tax-credits-and-tie-it-to-energy-star-wdma-applauds-the-legislation/


Top
 
 
 Post subject: Re: Energy Credit qualified windows
PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2009 1:56 pm 

Joined: Tue Nov 24, 2009 4:11 pm
Posts: 4
Offline
How is the ratings and reviews for Alside windows? Anyone who have used it ?


Top
 
 
 Post subject: Re: Energy Credit qualified windows
PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2009 2:15 pm 

Joined: Sat Feb 10, 2007 11:51 pm
Posts: 1579
Location: Northern,Virginia
Offline
Alside makes a lot of windows. Some better than others. If you are refering to the Ultra-Maxx, it is a decent window and is one of Alsides top windows. What I don't like about it is it uses a "pocket sill" which has the sash set into a U shaped channel. The sill is designed to drain water through the frame and to exit at weep holes in the bottom of the frame. The problem is that the drain also carries pollen, dirt, insects and whatever else has accumulated there. Eventually the weep holes can become clogged allowing water to just stand inside the window along with the bugs, pollen etc.


Top
 
 
 Post subject: Re: Energy Credit qualified windows
PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2009 2:27 pm 

Joined: Tue Nov 24, 2009 4:11 pm
Posts: 4
Offline
How do you compare Alside Excalibur against Gorell 5300, OKNA 800, Simonton 5050, Ultrashield Windows and American Jewel 1700 ?


Top
 
 
 Post subject: Re: Energy Credit qualified windows
PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2009 3:13 pm 

Joined: Sat Feb 10, 2007 11:51 pm
Posts: 1579
Location: Northern,Virginia
Offline
I'd put the Excalbur towards the bottom of that list mainly because the Air Infiltration is a bit high at .21 cfm @ 25mph. The Gorell and Okna are the top choice. I would look at the Simonton 5500 before deciding.


Top
 
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 10 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 5 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google [Bot] and 2 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group