Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I get a quote for Vinylmax Windows?
A: A Southern Representative will come to your home and meet with you at your convenience. At that time our representative will give you a written quote and answer any questions that you may have.
Q: Where can I find a Showroom?
A: We have a showroom in Liberty, SC.
Q: Can I buy these windows and install them myself?
A: We make custom windows just for you. Also, you can install them yourself.
Q: Are Vinylmax Windows’ products independently tested?
A: Yes. We here at Southern believe that third party confirmation for our products are important for reassuring buyers of your performance and quality of our products.
Q: What is better? Wood or Vinyl?
A: Both wood and vinyl are good insulating materials; but vinyl is a better choice for a high-energy window because it does not rot, swell or get affected by the elements.
Q: I noticed condensation on the exterior of my windows. Is this normal?
A: Yes. Under the right conditions, exterior moisture may form a short period on the outside of the glass unit. This wipeable moisture is simple dew; the same dampness found on your lawn, siding and car and other items.
This phenomenon is quite common with super insulated windows. The new windows are so efficient they do not allow warmer inside temperatures to escape to the outside. Therefore the outerspace of the glass stays colder and the moisture in the air collects on the colder surface.
How do Vinyl Windows Resist Condensation?
Windows with vinyl frames help guard against the damaging effects of window condensation because of the high insulating value of the vinyl. Double glazed windows are far more effective than single glazed windows in reducing window condensation because they tolerate higher percentages of relative indoor humidity before condensation occurs. This higher allowable humidity level reduces drying of furnishings and improves the “comfort level” of the living space.
Windows do not cause condensation. On the contrary, the right windows can be a great help in controlling and reducing it.
What Causes Condensation?
Condensation on windows is an alarming signal of excess humidity in a home. When water, fog, or ice forms on a window, the consequences can be devastating. Peeling paint, rotting wood, and rusted metal can all result from this excess humidity.
Condensation occurs on windows when warm moist air comes in contact with the colder surface of the window. Although it is natural to assume that the windows are to blame, the fact is that the windows are merely a visible sign that humidity exists in the home.
Indoor moisture is caused by a variety of factors. Common household activities such as cooking, showering, running washing machines and dishwashers — every activity that uses hot water — adds moisture to the air.
Newer homes are often more subject to condensation because they are constructed with more weathertight materials and methods than homes built before energy costs were a concern. Weatherstripping, improved insulation, vapor varriers, and modern construction techniques are designed to reduce air leakage. At the same time, however, these can act to seal in moisture. Unless provisions are made to allow this moisture to escape, moisture buildup can result.
Can Window Condensation Be Only Temporary?
There are several instances when temporary window condensation con occur, including:
-During showers and baths, cooking, dishwashing and other steam-producing occasions.
-During the start of each heating session. Houses absorb moisture during humid summers. This will generally dry out after a few weeks of heating.
-During sharp temperature changes. Sudden drops in temperature, especially during the heating season, can create temporary condensation problems.
-During new construction or remodeling. Building materials contain a great deal of moisture. When the heat is turned on this moisture will flow into the air inside the home. It usually will disappear after the first heating season.
What Can Be Done to Reduce Condensation?
– Vent clothes dryers, gas burners, etc. to the outdoors.
– Check that all ventilation equipment is adjusting properly
– Use kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans
– Air out the kitchen, bathroom and laundry room during and after use by opening a window for a few minutes
– Make sure attic louvers remain open all year round and that crawl spaces are properly ventilated.
– Consult a local heating and ventilation contractor to help determine whether ventilation is adequate and when it can be improved
– Insure humidifiers are correctly set according to the outside temperature.