Here along the Gulf Coast, we face a unique challenge regarding windows and doors. We are faced with severe weather as well as severe temperatures. Those environmental conditions have led states along the Gulf Coast to adopt building codes that are more stringent than other areas. We are faced with not only strength and durability requirements but also energy efficiency requirements. Fortunately, the folks at Folkers know and understand the building codes and provide products designed to meet those stringent codes.
A colorless, odorless and nontoxic gas used to reduce the transfer of heat or cold in windows. When Argon is used to fill in the insulating glass space, it forms an insulating barrier that assists in slowing the transfer of heat or cold.
Design Pressure Rating is a term used to identify the structural capacity of a window and/or door system. Essentially Design Pressure represents the wind load the window or door system can withstand. Florida building codes are the most stringent in the country and Folkers products are designed to withstand the high Design Pressure requirements. Florida building codes require a minimum design load and that minimum design will vary with your location, proximity to the coast and whether you are located in a high velocity hurricane zone.
In Alabama, Design Pressure requirements vary by municipality. In Dauphin Island, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach design pressure rules mirror Florida’s code requirements. As one moves north away from the coast, Design Pressures requirements change with the distance one moves away from the coast.
Building codes require buildings to withstand wind and hurricane forces. For example, Mobile is located in a 130 MPH wind zone, Pensacola is located in the 140 MPH zone and parts of Pensacola Beach are located in the 150 MPH zone, as a few examples.
Shutters that are designed to meet the Florida and Alabama building codes and protect property from hurricane forces.
Windows and doors that are designed to meet the Florida and Alabama building codes and protect property from hurricane forces. Impact windows and doors can also be used for security, energy efficiency and sound attenuation.
Glass coatings designed to minimize the amount of ultraviolet and infrared light that can pass through glass without compromising the amount of visible light that is transmitted. The ability of a material to radiate energy is known as emissivity. Thus the lower the Low-E, the better.
Glass products designed to withstand an 8 foot 2x4 board being shot at the glass at 55 MPH.
Chambers of insulating air help reduce the transfer of heat into the home while multiple window framing walls provide superior strength and rigidity.
SHGC is expressed as a number between 0 and 1. The lower a window's solar heat gain coefficient, the less solar heat it transmits. The nationally recognized rating method by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) is for the whole window, including the effects of the frame.
A measure of the heat transmission through a building part (as a wall or window) or a given thickness of a material (as insulation) with lower numbers indicating better insulating properties.
Our 1993 windows need replacement and I was concerned about the frame work under the vinyl siding and aluminum trim. I spent a lot of time researching window manufacturers and googled all sites on window replacement, including Angies List, contractor websites, etc. and the building code. I got estimates – even from the “the largest installer in the USA”. The end result was “Folkers Window Company” in every aspect – top 10% of 100,000+ companies operating in Florida. The Folkers personnel from sales to the technicians are top notch and the Shwinco Series 9000 windows are outstanding – check out their website!
It was a joy to meet and talk to such a dedicated team, all I can add is… If you want it done right call Folkers.
We couldn’t ask for nicer and more cooperative personnel. Thanks to Folkers.
Thanks for a GREAT Job!
The service was excellent — couldn’t ask for more.
The crew’s professional work was a joy to watch, and when the work was complete everything was carefully left clean and neat.
We are very pleased with our replacement windows. Thank you for a nice job… We will recommend your company to our friends.
We have nothing but high praises from start to finish… I will definitely be recommending Folkers to everyone.
I recently had Folkers replace a bow window,… the job turned out great. I am very pleased with Folkers and would highly recommend them to anyone.
Just had a huge thunderstorm come through Daphne, Al. Folkers windows are terrific. You can’t hear the thunder as much as we did with our old metal windows plus we don’t have the window rattling as we did with the old windows. What a blessing these windows are!!! Thank you once again Folkers!!!
We are very pleased with our patio cover. I would recommend them to anyone.
Attention to detail was spot on, top notch bar NONE!
From beginning to end, the professionalism, expertise and quality were exactly as Kip and Linda said it would be. While we were very skeptical of painting out our condo first, before the windows were replaced, the result was exceptional, as if they painted it out after the install. Great effort.
Folkers provided a great product and an excellent installation – we will definitely use them for our next remodeling project.
We had two windows recently installed at our residence in Niceville. I am absolutely satisfied with the whole project from the beginning to the end. Every aspect of the job was professional, timely and clean. The project required some last minute adjustments but was carried out completely. Simply great workers! The office staff was a great help as we had a few scheduling problems. Thanks so much. The letter and warranty we received today was a great plus to the company. Yours is one of the best we have ever dealt with. Keep it up.
The entire staff at Folkers was very helpful, polite and respectful. When I had questions, the office staff made certain I got the answers I needed on installation day, it was wet and muddy outside. The inside installer even tolerated my request for him to remove his shoes! That was very much appreciated.
I can honestly say, if Folkers tells you something, you can count on it!
I would advise anyone to use your equipment and your service, because of the way the whole thing was handled.
Great job, Aaron and Jay were true pros. Thanks again.
I heartily recommend Folkers for ANY door and Window project!
This is the second job that Folkers has completed for me, two different houses. I continue to be pleased with the professionalism of the REPs, installers as well as the great quality of their products.
Thanks for a job well done, the next time I need windows I know who to call!
Excellent work, love the new doors.
Folkers is a top notch company, High Fives to Linda and Paul.
I will definitely refer people to you, and certainly will do business with you for any future needs.
All in all Folkers lives up to all that is said, very pleased.
A friend told me I could get it done for less money, but Folkers to me means QUALITY. Well done Folkers.
I would be remiss if I did not Compliment you on your installation crew. They were on time, most polite, and extremely competent at their job.
Overall we're very pleased with the end product. Thanks for a job well done!
A small but difficult job, much appreciated.
I was most impressed with Mr. Burgess (installation crew leader) He performed his task in a very timely and proficient manner.
The windows fit great and seem to be of very good quality. I would recommend Folkers to anyone needing windows.
Thanks for sending out such a warm, courteous and professional technician. He is a valuable asset to your company. I look forward to future business with you.
Was very impressed with the way the new windows went in. They look perfect.
Your install was quick, efficient and clean. Thanks again for ANOTHER great job, for a repeat customer.
Being in a residential and commercial construction company in Maine, we are well aware of good and bad work. We are very impressed with Folkers. Absolutely perfect in every way.
I was very happy with the beautiful windows, also the service from all personnel was great!
They [Folkers crew] would treat our home with respect and not make a mess, so Linda [Folkers Sales Representative], you were right!
Windows are beautiful!
Excellent job, my wife is very happy!
We enjoyed having Folkers replace our shutters. Thanks for a job well done.
Folkers has been professional and did everything that was expected. Would tell everyone about their business.
The work was outstanding and the crew was the best! Could not ask for any better service and workmanship.
This job went so smoothly - from the time we got the estimate through installation. I had requested a specific installation date as I don't live in Pensacola. Darren and John were most responsive. The installers arrived on time and were able to complete the job in a single day. The windows and door look beautiful. All debris from the old windows was cleaned up and hauled away. I highly recommend Folkers.
The install team was also fantastic, timely and completed the work in true fashion. We are very pleased with our experience and will be recommending you to our friends and business associates. Your company and its employees were very refreshing.
The crew started early and worked 10 hrs. straight, went far and beyond what one would call outstanding service.
I was very impressed with how quickly the sales representative responded and came out after my first call. He was very professional and friendly. When the crew came to install the windows, they were rained out the first day after only installing three windows, so I’m thinking this was going to take longer than the two days which the project manager had told us it would take. The next day, the crew showed with two more men and they completed the job that day. I could not believe the difference! All outside noise is gone. It’s cooler in the kitchen where the evening sun made it unbelievable to be in there. I can’t begin to describe how pleased I am with your windows and doors. Great job. Thank you Folkers!
We are very pleased, Thank you for a job well done.
Salesman was punctual, courteous and well informed. The Folkers installation team were everything that one would expect from a professional company!
Great service, knowledgeable.
We are very pleased, Thank you!
We love the windows and doors, Thank you.
The door installer was exceptional. Very conscientious, paid attention to details. Friendly and precise. He had pride.
You provide a very professional service. You are not the least expensive, however I would always use your services due to your competence and quality of product. You are one of the very best contractors in the business. I only wish you would open an office in Houston, Texas. We are builders and know good suppliers. You guys are one of the best!
Great Job, windows look great!