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Not really. There are as many warranties as there are window manufacturers. Some brand name factory warranties cover just the sash and frame. The rest is left up to the local fabricator who may or may not cover it. Your warranty is only as good as the company behind it. With Alside, your unit is warranted from the extrusion and parts to the glass and construction by our Lifetime Limited Warranty*, with transferability provisions. It’s one of the most comprehensive available, just what you’d expect from an industry leader.

* See printed warranty for complete details.

Yes, for a variety of reasons. First, you may realize savings on your heating and cooling bills. Second, they’re virtually maintenance-free, which eliminates painting costs. And finally, the transferability of one of the strongest warranties in the business may easily add to the resale value of your home.

The ENERGY STAR® program was created by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy to help consumers in the recognition of energy-efficient products. This program also promotes the environmental and economic benefits of these products through the ENERGY STAR label and other program activities.

You should give careful consideration to Alside’s ClimaTech® Insulated Glass Package, featuring Low-E glass and argon gas. Low-E glass is an excellent barrier against ultraviolet rays which fade carpet, furniture, draperies, and even woodwork. Argon gas is colorless, odorless, nonflammable, nontoxic, and above all, a safe, inert gas that is heavier than air.

Not only does argon gas help to increase the energy efficiency of a window, but helps to make your home quieter as well. When Alside windows are equipped with the ClimaTech Insulated Glass Package, they automatically meet or exceed the energy-saving requirements for all four climate zones set forth by the ENERGY STAR® Window program. Or you can get the ClimaTech Plus package with a foam spacer that provides even further energy efficiency as an option.

Since 80% of a window is glass, real heating and cooling savings come from what is known as “improved glass performance,” not a high R-value on the frame. Alside uses the latest technology, known as a high performance warm edge spacer system. This spacer system helps to improve the performance and the longevity of the insulated glass unit, and is standard on all Alside windows.

Be careful when looking at extremely specific results since many of them do not really indicate how well the window will work for you. Some apply to just certain parts of the window, like the glass and its R-value, and do not give an overall picture. Tested in nationally-certified labs and our own modern test facility, Alside windows are engineered to provide the optimum in energy savings and are monitored by the National Fenestration Rating Council.

Because our frames and sashes are made of vinyl, you can say goodbye to painting and caulking. Alside windows won’t stick, and you don’t have to remove storm windows in order to clean them. In fact, you can do it all from inside your home. An occasional wipe with a damp cloth will keep your windows looking like new for years to come.

You should look for a window that offers both superior strength and energy efficiency. Alside’s computer-controlled process ensures a perfectly square window sash and mainframe with superior strength. And for exceptional energy efficiency, a full interlock at the meeting rail helps protect your home against the elements, or unwanted intrusions. In addition, our insulating glass unit traps dry air, creating an exceptional comfort barrier.

Moreover, homeowners with Alside Window Systems say there’s a noticeable reduction in the amount of noise that enters their homes. A full interlock system at the point where upper and lower sashes meet helps stop air infiltration while providing an additional barrier against unwanted intrusions.

Not at all. Many companies buy their parts and glass from various outside sources. At Alside, we extrude most of our own parts from the raw vinyl (PVC) resin ourselves.

You should also know that although a lot of manufacturers claim their windows are American-made, many in fact may be imported from Canada and other foreign countries. We’re proud to say that every Alside window is manufactured right here in the U.S.A.

Certainly, since all Alside replacement windows are part of Alside’s Window System. You may want to consult an independent design specialist to find the type of window that best complements your home’s natural design. No matter what style or combination of styles you choose, however, Alside can custom-manufacture it all for you.

Preservation Window FAQs

Aren’t all window warranties practically the same?

Not really. There are as many warranties as there are window manufacturers. Some brand name factory warranties cover just the sash and frame. The rest is left up to the local fabricator who may or may not cover it. Your warranty is only as good as the company behind it. With Alside, your unit is warranted from the extrusion and parts to the glass and construction by our Lifetime Limited Warranty*, with transferability provisions. It’s one of the most comprehensive available, just what you’d expect from an industry leader.

* See printed warranty for complete details.

Will Alside windows be a good investment?

Yes, for a variety of reasons. First, you may realize savings on your heating and cooling bills. Second, they’re virtually maintenance-free, which eliminates painting costs. And finally, the transferability of one of the strongest warranties in the business may easily add to the resale value of your home.

What is the ENERGY STAR Program?

The ENERGY STAR® program was created by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy to help consumers in the recognition of energy-efficient products. This program also promotes the environmental and economic benefits of these products through the ENERGY STAR label and other program activities.

What energy-saving options should I know about?

You should give careful consideration to Alside’s ClimaTech® Insulated Glass Package, featuring Low-E glass and argon gas. Low-E glass is an excellent barrier against ultraviolet rays which fade carpet, furniture, draperies, and even woodwork. Argon gas is colorless, odorless, nonflammable, nontoxic, and above all, a safe, inert gas that is heavier than air.

Not only does argon gas help to increase the energy efficiency of a window, but helps to make your home quieter as well. When Alside windows are equipped with the ClimaTech Insulated Glass Package, they automatically meet or exceed the energy-saving requirements for all four climate zones set forth by the ENERGY STAR® Window program. Or you can get the ClimaTech Plus package with a foam spacer that provides even further energy efficiency as an option.

What is more important in saving energy, the frame or the glass?

Since 80% of a window is glass, real heating and cooling savings come from what is known as “improved glass performance,” not a high R-value on the frame. Alside uses the latest technology, known as a high performance warm edge spacer system. This spacer system helps to improve the performance and the longevity of the insulated glass unit, and is standard on all Alside windows.

I have been reading about different test results on windows. How should this impact my buying decisions?

Be careful when looking at extremely specific results since many of them do not really indicate how well the window will work for you. Some apply to just certain parts of the window, like the glass and its R-value, and do not give an overall picture. Tested in nationally-certified labs and our own modern test facility, Alside windows are engineered to provide the optimum in energy savings and are monitored by the National Fenestration Rating Council.

Do Alside windows require a lot of maintenance?

Because our frames and sashes are made of vinyl, you can say goodbye to painting and caulking. Alside windows won’t stick, and you don’t have to remove storm windows in order to clean them. In fact, you can do it all from inside your home. An occasional wipe with a damp cloth will keep your windows looking like new for years to come.

What about strength, protection and noise reduction?

You should look for a window that offers both superior strength and energy efficiency. Alside’s computer-controlled process ensures a perfectly square window sash and mainframe with superior strength. And for exceptional energy efficiency, a full interlock at the meeting rail helps protect your home against the elements, or unwanted intrusions. In addition, our insulating glass unit traps dry air, creating an exceptional comfort barrier.

Moreover, homeowners with Alside Window Systems say there’s a noticeable reduction in the amount of noise that enters their homes. A full interlock system at the point where upper and lower sashes meet helps stop air infiltration while providing an additional barrier against unwanted intrusions.

Aren’t all window manufacturers essentially the same?

Not at all. Many companies buy their parts and glass from various outside sources. At Alside, we extrude most of our own parts from the raw vinyl (PVC) resin ourselves.

You should also know that although a lot of manufacturers claim their windows are American-made, many in fact may be imported from Canada and other foreign countries. We’re proud to say that every Alside window is manufactured right here in the U.S.A.

Can I replace my old windows with different styles or types?

Certainly, since all Alside replacement windows are part of Alside’s Window System. You may want to consult an independent design specialist to find the type of window that best complements your home’s natural design. No matter what style or combination of styles you choose, however, Alside can custom-manufacture it all for you.