SAN FRANCISCO (June 9, 2010) — Milgard Windows & Doors, a leading manufacturer of premium fiberglass and vinyl windows and patio doors, offers its 3D MAX™ energy efficiency package to make it easy for customers to buy windows based on energy performance. The perfect balance between cost and efficiency, 3D MAX is specifically tailored to the homeowner's climate.
As part of the continuing Federal Economic Stimulus package, homeowners can qualify for a tax credit of up to $1,500 when they purchase and install energy-efficient Milgard windows to improve their home's comfort and energy performance. The credit covers 30% of material costs up to the $1,500 limit, and will run through the end of 2010. Window products that qualify for the credit must have a highly-efficient 0.30 U-factor (a measure of how well a window or door product prevents heat from escaping) and a 0.30 Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (a measure of how well a product blocks heat caused by sunlight).
When homeowners select a 3D MAX energy efficiency package, Milgard customizes the order in-house, taking care of the complex figuring of individual components typically left to the window dealer to work out on their own. By choosing 3D MAX, homeowners can also typically save about 10% over ordering the same components separately.
"Milgard created our 3D™ and 3D MAX energy packages to appeal to homeowners and dealers that wanted a simple way to purchase windows with a specified level of energy efficiency," said Scott Morgan, VP of Sales and Marketing at Milgard.
Window upgrades for the home are one of the first considerations to improve a home's energy efficiency. Milgard's energy efficient windows improve energy performance, overall comfort and livability and even architectural consistency. Window upgrades also offer one of the best returns in home improvement. According to Remodeling Magazine's 2009 Cost vs. Value study, homeowners in the Western United States can get an approximately 93% return on their investment in window upgrades when reselling their home. Homeowners also save on home heating and cooling costs over time, adding to the financial return of window upgrades.
Qualifying and receiving the tax credit is easy. When purchasing a qualifying Milgard window or door, homeowners must save the sales receipt and the NFRC/ENERGY STAR® label with their tax documents. Qualifying windows or doors must be installed before December 31, 2010. Then, homeowners can claim the tax credit associated with the qualifying purchase on federal filings for the 2010 tax year.
"We encourage anyone who is considering replacing windows for their home to visit milgard.com to find out more," added Morgan. "We've gone to great lengths to provide clear and straightforward information on the tax credit, and make the process of buying windows and doors as easy as possible."
Milgard Windows & Doors, a Masco company based in Tacoma, Wash., offers a full line of aluminum, vinyl and fiberglass windows and patio doors for builders, dealers and homeowners. The company has been recognized for manufacturing the nation's highest quality vinyl windows six times in a yearly survey sponsored by Hanley-Wood Inc., publishers of Builder magazine. Milgard employs approximately 3,500 people nationwide. For more information, visit www.milgard.com or call 1-800-MILGARD.
Headquartered in Taylor, Mich., Masco Corporation (NYSE: MAS) is one of the world's largest manufacturers of brand-name consumer products for the home and family. Masco is also a leading provider of services that include the installation of insulation and other building products. For more information, visit www.masco.com or call 313-274-7400.
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