Finding the Manufacturer’s Name On Your Window The easiest way to immediately identify a window is by locating the name of the manufacturer itself on the product. Some companies, like Acorn, Caradco and Hurd, stamp their name on the window hardware—this would generally be on the handles, sash locks or other hardware.

How do I identify a window sash?

Sometimes homeowners have a hard time identifying which part of the window is the sash. To find the sash on a standard double-hung or single hung window, look at the wooden, aluminum or vinyl casing around the glass. This casing will be stuck in the window frame and will cling to the window frame on tracks.

How do I know if my windows are vinyl or aluminum?

Aluminum windows are generally thin-framed, so most of the window is the glass pane. On the other hand, vinyl windows usually mimic traditional window frame features, though they come in a wide variety of colors and finishes so you can get a traditional style with a modern color.

How do I find out what type of windows I have?

Here’s how to learn more:

  1. Select Start > Settings > System > About . Open About settings.
  2. Under Device specifications > System type, see if you’re running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows.
  3. Under Windows specifications, check which edition and version of Windows your device is running.

How can I tell what kind of windows I have in my house?

AAMA members place a small certification sticker to the window’s frame or sash including a manufacturer code and something like a model number or series name. You’ll have to search for these codes on the AAMA website to find out the brand and type of window you’re trying to replace or repair.

How do you tell if windows are fiberglass or vinyl?

Vinyl windows have welded corner seams, which is where seal failure usually occurs. Fiberglass makes for a stronger, more rigid frame than either vinyl or wood. These windows do not warp, ever. They are very low maintenance—other than painting them if you so choose.

Which is more expensive vinyl or aluminum windows?

Industry estimates vary, but vinyl windows generally cost 30 percent less than comparable aluminum windows. On average, homeowners can expect to pay about $3,156 for six vinyl replacement versus about $4,668 for six aluminum replacement windows—and that’s before factoring in the cost of labor.

Which is better aluminum or vinyl?

Aluminum is a stronger and more durable material than vinyl and offers structural advantages due to its build strength.

Where is the serial number on a window?

On double hung windows, this will be located on the inside of the top frame. Other styles of windows may have the number on a label affixed to the sash.

How do you tell if you have Andersen Windows?

Andersen 100, 200, 400 and A-Series products have the Andersen logo etched in the glass. The logo is located on the interior bottom right-hand corner of the window. See example below. The etched logo provides the date of manufacture and type of glass only.

What are the windows that stick out called?

Bay and bow windows are combination windows that protrude outward from the home. Both windows can add character, natural light and open any room. They also commonly give great external views from inside due to the large amounts of glass.

Why fiberglass windows are not popular?

Fewer options Compared with wood, fiberglass is more difficult to customize into unique shapes and profiles, and has fewer color and hardware options to choose from. Harder to find Only a handful of companies make these windows, and not all of them distribute nationwide.

What is the difference between PVC and vinyl windows?

PVC is essentially a combination of different compounds (plasticizers and pigments.) The main difference between PVC windows and vinyl windows is the manufacturing processes used to make the window components. Vinyl replacement windows are very light, simply because the window components are extruded hollow chambers.

What is the price difference between vinyl and fiberglass windows?

Costs. Vinyl windows are less expensive than fiberglass windows, though both are less expensive than wood windows. Including installation, vinyl windows cost between $500 and $750. Fiberglass windows are 10% to 30% more expensive, with average costs between $570 and $1,700.

What’s wrong with vinyl windows?

And though all windows expand and contract with temperature changes, vinyl expands more than twice that of wood. It expands seven times farther than glass with each degree of temperature. This can cause the seal between the vinyl framework and the glass to fail.

What is the downside of vinyl windows?

A leading complaint from homeowners is that vinyl window frames are too bulky. Because this material is not as strong and durable as fiberglass and aluminum, the manufactures have to use more of it in frame construction.

Do fiberglass windows crack?

Fiberglass frames are low-maintenance.
Fiberglass doesn’t warp, crack or rust. It’s difficult to damage during a construction mishap or weather event. The strength and durability of the material help it hold up. That makes a fiberglass frame easy to maintain over the life of a window.

How often do fiberglass windows need to be painted?

It does not fade. So while new fiberglass windows do not need to be painted, you can refinish them when you decide to switch up the color. They will take a coat of paint, just like natural wood.

How long should vinyl windows last?

between 20-40 years

On average, vinyl windows last between 20-40 years. Their life expectancy depends on the climate and conditions you live in. For instance, if your windows are exposed to harsh sunlight for extended periods of time, the vinyl will break down faster and their lifespan will be closer to 20 years.