When you look for new windows, you know they come with labels that help you understand certain ratings for the windows. The manufacturers are required to put certain elements on the labels so you can compare the windows to one another and make an informed decision. Ratings are important, but the standard U-value and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient numbers won’t tell you the whole story on a window’s efficiency. They also won’t let you know how durable the windows are. When you are looking into windows for your home in Pompano Beach, FL, the Air Leakage Ratings are every bit as important.
Living in Pompano Beach, FL can feel like a dream. The weather is warmer all year long than it is in other parts of the country. Of course, there’s the beach and the beautiful water nearby. And there are fun things to do everywhere you look. But the reality of life in Florida is that there can also be some nasty storms on occasion. You need windows that will hold up against those storms to protect your home and family.
The AL number is not always required on labels and you may not be able to find the detail on every window you consider. If the window has a stellar rating, the AL ratings will often be listed. Otherwise, you may have to call the manufacturer to request them or ask a window professional to find out for you. These ratings are obtained by locking a closed window and putting a wind in excess of 25 mph onto the window to test how much air leaks through. You know that when the storms blow in Florida, there will be winds much higher than 25 mph. But it’s nice to see how much air the window will keep out on a normal windy day as well.
Windows have to have AL ratings lower than .30 cmf per square foot and most vinyl windows get rated between .12 and .24. If you want a high performance window, watch for ratings of .05 or lower. The less air that leaks through the windows and into your house, the better the energy efficiency of the windows. You’ll also get less dust and better noise reduction with tighter windows. Not to mention a higher level of protection in the event of a storm!
If you are looking for all of the right ratings to line up, it’s best to work with the professionals at High End Impact Windows & Doors, who also want nothing but the best for your home. Give us a call at 954-782-7100and let’s talk about all of the different ratings and what your goals are for your new windows Pompano Beach, FL. You can also stop by our showroom and test out some windows yourself. We’re located at 1472 S Dixie Hwy E, Pompano Beach, FL 33060 and we’re happy to point out the differences on as many labels as you want to see. The windows that go into your home are important and we’re here to help make the process go smoothly.