In terms of construction, what makes for a better grade, more durable vinyl window?
The corners of the window frame and sashes should be fusion-welded (heat-welded) for a weathertight construction. Click here to view a construction cut-away of our Ultimate 2000 Window. Beware of windows with mitered corners screwed together or chemically welded corners, as they may decline in performance over time. You’ll also want to take a look at the vinyl extrusions in the window frame and sash. At a quick glance all vinyl windows may look similar, but there can be dramatic differences in the quality of the vinyl used. Some windows, built with lower-quality vinyl that has a dull blue or gray cast, can become brittle over time. Our windows are constructed with premium vinyl extrusions to ensure the frame and sashes provide long-lasting beauty and performance.
What other construction features should I be aware of?
When you compare one window to the next, you’ll see – and feel – the quality difference. Ultimate 2000 Windows begin with a computer-controlled construction of the mainframe and steel-reinforced sash to produce a solidly built window with superior strength. Most windows come standard with double-strength glass for an exceptionally strong barrier. Interlocking meeting rails and thickset multi-chambered extrusions further add to the structural integrity and insulation, while multi-layer weatherstripping, a compression bulb seal and drop-in glazing provide excellent thermal protection. You’ll also want to test the window’s moving parts. Our double- hung windows, for example, feature a full interlock at the meeting rails to seal the window tightly shut and a constant force balance system to ensure smooth and easy operation of the moving sash.
Do I need to keep each window the same type as my original window, or can I change the styles and configurations?
New windows can transform the appearance of your home, and with our extensive window selection you’ll have many options to choose from. Whether your tastes are contemporary, traditional or transitional, we can custom build to your specifications. Alside also offers a host of glass and grid options and elegant frame finishes to suit your design needs.
Do I need a professional?
Hiring a professional is a smart decision on many levels. A trained eye and skillful hand will clearly show in the beautiful installation, indoor comfort and thermal efficiency of your home. A professional will also be able to make design suggestions to help in the decision process. You’ll want to make sure the contractor you hire is licensed, bonded and experienced. While you may be tempted to install the windows yourself, you may not be prepared for the difficult installation challenges or structural damage to your home that could occur, along with the risk of voiding the window warranty. A professional installer will also be up to date on codes relating to lead, energy, and more.
Should I be concerned with where the windows are manufactured?
Absolutely. A replacement window is only as good as the company that stands behind it. Our manufacturer has more than 60 years of manufacturing experience and success. We proudly own and operate six window plants in North America that expertly produce windows of superior beauty, quality and durability. Utilizing performance standards beyond AAMA, ASTM and NFRC requirements, our windows are rigorously tested for air, water, structural load, thermal performance, and forced entry resistance. Company-wide, we are committed to ensuring that each window will provide years of excellent service and energy savings.
We also stand behind our products long after the installation is complete with a knowledgeable customer service team that’s ready to serve you. Should any questions or concerns arise, just call the number on the sticker located on your window. This label also includes a factory order number for easy reference.
What about warranty coverage?
Ultimate 2000 Windows are backed with a Lifetime Limited Warranty that includes labor, seal failure, glass breakage, your installation and more – further assurance that you have made an excellent selection for your home from a respected manufacturer. See our warranty for complete details.