WeatherGard Windows

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We uses only pure vinyl

High Performance Replacement Windows

When a homeowner invests time and resources to repair or replace a part of his or her home, the products and practices used in the job should work as components of a larger plan to make the home a more efficient, more sedate, and more comfortable place. The project should also make the community, of which the home and the homeowner are each a part, a better and more sustainable one. If a renovation or retrofit uses materials or practices which damage the local or global environment, neither the homeowner nor the community will realize the gains that science has made in helping to show the way to healthier living. If the products employed fail to produce substantial gains in energy efficiency, the homeowner and his or her community miss an opportunity to reduce heating and cooling costs over the long term, and to move toward a future in which the dangerous ecological and political forces associated with dependence upon energy no longer threaten our economy or the climate.

All Weathergard windows have fusion-welded corners for optimal strength.

Replacement Windows That Won’t Need Replacing

It’s important for contractors to see that their role in introducing homeowners to the right products is a very important one, where the goals above are concerned. We’ve chosen to build WeatherGard windows to outlast the vinyl, fiberglass, wood, and aluminum windows that other contractors and manufacturers are selling. The reasons are plain: nothing would be more expensive to homeowners or more damaging to the environment than making a common practice of installing replacement windows that will have to be replaced twice as often as they ought. This is currently the reality in our industry, and the amount of wasted material alone, which is usually dumped in landfills, is becoming too much to ignore. Ordinary replacement windows have to be replaced frequently because they’ve got weak, poorly designed frames which warp as a result of structural pressures, making the windows impossible to open, close, and latch; that’s why we build a massive, brawny frame that can bear the extreme structural burdens which destroy typical replacement windows. Our window lasts.

Super Spacer

Keeping the Warm In & the Cold Out

Longevity is not nearly enough to achieve the kind of positive impact that our modern predicament demands. We also have to purvey a replacement window product which can help turn an ordinary Detroit or Ann Arbor home into an efficient and fundamentally sustainable home. Our product engineering draws extensively on breakthroughs made in material science over the past several years, so that we can furnish to our customers a window which is both affordable and exceptionally efficient.

Multi-Pane Glass, Completely Reimagined

One of the most important things we’re doing to leverage science to build a better window involves a new kind of highly inelastic, thermally inert structural foam, which we’re using to bond sheets of glass together to create a brand new generation of double-pane insulated units. In our competitors’ windows, the glass is bonded with an adhesive sealer (most often butyl, i.e., -C4H9) and aluminum spacer strips. Of course, the aluminum is inefficient, since it so readily transfers heat energy from one side of the window to the other---and that’s why we eliminated it in favor of the structural foam which cannot conduct thermal energy from one pane of glass to the other.

Additionally, we seal the space between the panes of glass with BoPET (better known as MylarTM), to ensure that the argon gas chamber won’t rupture, causing condensation between the glass and drastic losses in efficiency. The result is an insulated glass unit which will live as long as the window frame, and which will perform everyday like it did on the day it was installed.

Low-E window coating

Harnessing Radiation

Warm objects radiate heat, and during a winter in Michigan, your home is a warm object surrounded by cold objects which absorb the heat it gives off. Insulated walls and attics do a good job of stopping this loss of heat, but a typical window (old or new) doesn’t. The trouble is that glass allows radiation to pass directly through, without interfering; this property is actually what makes glass useful in the first place, since it is short-wave radiation— i.e., visible light—that must be able to pass through if the glass is going to be translucent. Unfortunately, the glass doesn’t allow only short-wave radiation through; it also allows long-wave radiation (better known as heat) to pass through, creating a drag on household energy efficiency. What would be ideal, then, is glass that would allow visible light through (short-wave radiation), but which would be highly reflective of radiant heat (long-wave radiation). During the 1970s, chemists discovered a material which does exactly this trick, and it soon became possible to manufacture these chemical compound films on a large scale, which could then be applied to the surface of panes of glass.

Since the 1970s, the chemical films, called ‘Low E’ coatings, have been developed to effectively serve many different purposes. In hot climates, for instance, they can be used to block solar heat as well as certain shades of visible light, resulting in much lower cooling costs. In colder climates, the benefits of this or that kind of Low E coating varies with location, depending on the amount of sun exposure sustained through the fall, winter, and spring. We’ve tailored the Low E coating on our windows (a titanium dioxide film) to reduce heat gain during the summer and to be maximally effective in keeping warmth inside your home during the winter.

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