Selecting Contractor Grade Windows
I am comparing windows for a house I am building in northern Virginia (Zone 4A). My contractor has recommended Harvey Windows, and possibly HiMark Windows as options. In terms of budget, vinyl windows are my only choice at this time.
I have attempted to look at windows that have extremely low air infiltration and have stuck with picture or casement windows as well. In some places, I’ll opt for triple pane, but budget dictates double in most.
1. When looking at options for budget friendly windows, is there an order of importance of technical specifications when selecting windows? The technical sheet provided lists a few technical details including:
1. Air infiltration,
2. Water resistance,
3. Structural test pressure,
4. DP rating, and
5. Structural rating.
2. What are the minimum technical standards to look for?
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