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Understanding the NRFC Label before Choosing Replacement Windows and Doors

By Raphael Jeanfrancois Subscribe to RSS | May 23rd 2012 | Views:

If there’s one way to let people appreciate your home without them having to step inside it, it’s by making its exterior as eye-catching as possible. Of course, making your home eye-catching doesn’t mean painting it in neon colors or making it architecturally unique; simply making appropriate changes and repairs is enough to increase its curb appeal. The appearance of your windows and doors can contribute a lot to your home’s face value, but its performance is more important.

There are several contractors in Kentucky who can help you if you’re planning to replace your old windows and doors to give your home a more modern look and increase living comfort. When you start to choose the type of windows and doors that you want, you might get confused when your contractor starts to discuss a product’s “fenestration characteristics” based on the National Fenestration Rating Council (NRFC) label. Fenestration was derived from the Latin word fenestra meaning “window”. Generally, it refers to any opening in a structure; therefore windows, doors, skylights, vents, and wall panels can be referred to as “fenestration products”.

The NFRC is a non-profit organization that tests fenestration products’ energy efficiency and provides performance labels for each product. It checks how effective the product is in keeping your home warm or cool as needed; and its ability to shut out wind, resist condensation, and transmit light. The NFRC performance ratings label consists of five categories.

Most doors and replacement windows Lexington KY contractors sell and install come with an NFRC label, which bears the manufacturer’s name and product description. At the left column of the label you would see the U-factor, visible transmittance, and condensation resistance ratings. The lower the U-factor, the better is the product’s insulating properties and the more suitable it is for places with colder climates.

Visible transmittance, with a value from 0 to 1, refers to the amount of light that can pass through to a product; the higher its value, the more light it transmits. When it comes to condensation resistance, with a value between 1 and 100, a higher value means better resistance to condensation formation. At the right column of the label, you will see solar heat gain coefficient and air leakage. Doors and replacement windows Lexington KY contractors recommend are those with low air leakage and solar heat gain coefficient, which means that less heat and air from the outside can penetrate the door or window.

Replacement doors and windows Lexington KY homes are installed with enjoy the benefits of lesser energy consumption and better temperature regulation as reflected in the NFRC label. If you want to learn more about NFRC ratings, you may visit

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