About Windows

As a windows manufacturer, New Era Windows makes each of its windows to your exact specifications. There is no additional cost for our custom windows, meaning that your windows can be a better fit and be more energy efficient, without being a burden on your wallet.

Types and Styles of Windows

Currently, New Era Windows only manufactures vinyl double-hung, picture, and slider windows, with various window styles coming soon.

Double-Hung – A double hung window is a common window that matches most traditional and modern architectural styles. Double-hung windows have an upper and lower sash that slide vertically over each other in a single frame, as opposed to a single-hung window that only has one moving sash. We only manufacture double-hung windows with both sashes that tilt in for easy cleaning.

Picture – Picture (or fixed) windows are double paned windows with no mobility. These are freestanding units. Currently, New Era Windows only manufactures straight framed fixed and picture windows.

Sliding – Sliding (or roller) windows generally have a combination of stationary and movable sashes. The mobile sashes slide to the left or right on tracks. New Era Windows aims to begin production of sliding windows shortly.

Casement – Casement windows are hinged vertically and open outwards in a swinging motion. As a general rule, casements offer the lease obstruction in visibility and ventilation, as well as high-energy efficiency as a result of its ability to close tightly. While New Era Windows does not currently offer casement style windows, we aim to begin production soon.

Window Parts and Definitions

Sash – The moving part of the window that includes the stiles and rails that sustain the glass.

Rail – The horizontal piece of the sash.

Stile – The vertical piece of the sash.

Screen – Woven mesh, usually made of metal or fiberglass, that allows air to pass but not insects.

Head – The main horizontal part forming the top of a window frame.

Sill – The main horizontal unit that forms the bottom of the window frame. The sill is commonly tilted to prevent water damage.

Weep System – A system of tiny openings in the frame and sill that allow for drainage.

Weatherstripping – A strip of fibrous material that meets the connection of the window sash and frame to reduce air, water, and dust from entering.

Lift – Handle for raising or lowering either the top or bottom sash in a double-hung window.

Grille – Decorative pieces that create the visual appearance of separate panes.

Balance – A mechanical device used in single and double hung windows that balances the weight of the sash for ease in opening and closing.

Jamb – The vertical parts that from the sides of the frame.

Nailing Fin - An extrusion that attaches to the window frame and used to secure the unit to the rough opening.

Argon – An inert, nontoxic gas used in insulating glass units to reduce heat transfer.

Krypton - Also an inert, nontoxic gas used for insulation, Krypton gas is found in trace amounts in the atmosphere and has slightly higher insulating characteristics than Argon.

Replacing Windows

Savings from lower utility bills easily offset the cost of replacing a low energy-efficiency window. Further, our designer vinyl windows with beveled exterior frames can greatly enhance the curb appeal of your home.

When replacing a window, make sure the window you purchase is designated as an insert or a pocket window. As long as your frame is in good condition (not rotting or smashed), installation can be a simple and fulfilling DIY project. For more information on replacing windows, check out Why Replace.

If you have any questions about replacing windows, please contact us for a free consultation.

Basic Energy Efficiency Terminology

U-Value - This represents the heat flow rate through a window expressed in BTU/hr·ft²·°F, using winter night weather conditions of 0°F outside and 70°F inside. The smaller the number, the better the window system is at reducing heat loss.

R-Value - The R-Value or R-Factor of a window is a measure of its resistance to the transfer of heat. The higher the number, the higher the resistance to energy transfer, meaning higher ease in maintaining a difference in temperatures over time.

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) - The amount of solar radiation that enters a building as heat. The lower the number, the better the glazing is at preventing solar gain.