Category Archives: Green Technology

Do vinyl windows (uPVC windows) save on utility bills?

Today I reponded to a forum article and I thought I would make it my latest Blog post. The Forum’s initial question was: MGM vs Simonton. I got a little long winded and my posts were deleted: that which follows … Continue reading

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The Total Tearout

(click on any of the pictures to zoom in for more details) Figure 1. Why on earth would you replace your old drafty wood windows and leave the old rotten sills and mainframes in the home?  

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What is an Energy Star rated window and door?

  One of the most asked frequently questions we get from all types of individuals is:  Is your window Energy Star approved? Everyone gets frustrated by the answer: yes, but, it depends on your location.   Usually the next sound from … Continue reading

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Can PVC or Vinyl be recycled?

Can PVC or Vinyl be recycled? PVC can be recycled.  We have been doing it at MGM Industries each and every day since we started extruding the material in 1999.  We started making PVC (vinyl) windows in 1985, and we … Continue reading

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The White House’s race to be Green

With all the use of the same ol’ tripe about “being Green”, it’s enough to make one barf.   At least that’s the way I feel.  So many companies have marketed being Green that can’t even spell the word.  It’s … Continue reading

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Please Explain Solar Heat Gain (SHGC)

Maybe you have seen the dreaded acronym SHGC. Even people in the window business get confused with this Egyptian hieroglyphic. SHGC stands for Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, but what does that mean? (For you old timers SC* =SHGC*0.87) *SC–Shading coefficient … Continue reading

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Low-E Glass Explained

What is Low-E glass? From Wikipedia: The emissivity of a material (usually written ϵ or e) is the relative ability of its surface to emit energy by radiation. It is the ratio of energy radiated by a particular material to energy radiated by a black … Continue reading

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R-5 Window Demand

There has been a lot of bally-hoo lately among the window manufacturing community about an R-5 window.  This window would probably require a 1.500 inch overall insulated unit which is triple glazed and has two layers of Low-E glass.  The … Continue reading

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