• Pure Virgin Vinyl Compound
• Welded Construction
• Fail-Safe Water Management System
• Integral Nail Fin
• Integral J-Channel & Brick Mold
• Integral Sash Lift Rail
• Tilt In Sash Operation
• Utility Latch
• Bottom Hinged Sash
• Side Sash Opening Limiters
• Insulated Glass with Duralite™ Spacer
• High Performance Low-E Glass with Argon
• Weather Seals - all seams
The Sun Vinyl Series 57 Hopper window features a single sash design that tilts in for ventilation. The Sash is bottom hinged and tilts inward at the top. The sash has a utility latch to secure it in the closed position and a pair of side sash opening limiters to regulate the vent opening. The Hopper is a utility window, frequently used in basements where ventilation is desired but additional access is not needed or required.
The Series 57 line features welded construction, pure virgin vinyl compound and an exterior frame that incorporates a built-in J-channel and Brick Mold profile. This makes it easy to integrate with siding while providing an additional trim accent.
All Sun Vinyl products provide excellent energy saving performance. Select one of our climate-targeted, Low-E insulated glass configurations to take advantage of Sun's best energy performance combination for your region. All Sun IG units use the Duralite™ warm-edge spacer system, a non-metallic spacer that provides the lowest thermal conductivity and best gas retention of any IG spacer system.
Sun Vinyl products never need painting and are designed to provide years of trouble-free performance.
Vinyl Hopper Operation
Sun Vinyl Hopper Operation
The Sun Vinyl Series 57 Hopper window features a single sash design that tilts in for ventilation. The Sash is bottom hinged and tilts inward at the top. It also features a utility latch to secure it in the closed position and a pair of side sash opening limiters to regulate the vent opening. The Hopper is a utility window, frequently used in basements where ventilation is desired but additional access is not needed or required.
Pure Virgin Vinyl
Pure Virgin Vinyl
Pure Virgin Vinyl Compound
Not all Vinyl Windows are the same when it comes to the quality of their vinyl compound. Sun Vinyl products use "Virgin Vinyl", which basically means it is all first generation PVC, without any recycled product added to its compound. This produces superior vinyl extrusion with improved strength and stability. Windows made from Virgin Vinyl will outlast windows made from cheaper PVC blends that include recycled product.
• Stronger Extrusions
• More Durable
• Greater Stability
All Sun Vinyl products feature fusion welded frame and sash corners. This minimizes air and water penetration at all constructed joints, while a stronger, more durable window than one that is mechanically fastened.
Integral Nailing Fin, J-Channel & Brick Mold
Integral Nail Fin, J-Channel, Brick Mold
Integral Nail Fin, J-Channel & Brick Mold
Sun Vinyl products are designed with a nail fin that is formed as an integral part of the exterior frame extrusion. This provides for a very strong and stable installation. The nail fin can be scored and removed for mulling and retro-fit applications. The frame extrusion also forms a J-Channel and a simulated Brick Mold. This allows it to integrate with siding applications and provide a trim accent.
Fail-Safe Water Management System
Water Management System
Fail-Safe Water Management System
All Sun Vinyl products are designed with a Fail-Safe Water Management System. The exterior perimeter of the glass is sealed against water intrusion. However, because vinyl and glass expand and contract at different rates, we design our Water Management System to provide an effective drain path (to the exterior) for water to exit the glazing channel and sash structure. This helps protect the insulated glass against seal failure.
Sun's Insulated Glass
All Sun products are glazed with Dual Glazed insulated glass. All of Sun's Hi-Performance Low-E Insulated Glass units are Argon filled and feature the Duralite™ warm-edge glass spacer system. Both dual glazed (using two pieces of glass) and triple glazed (using three pieces of glass) are available (depending on the product type). Tempered insulated glass units (both glass pieces) are standard on all door units. Sun manufactures these units in our own state-of-the-art insulated glass production facility, allowing us to produce the high quality insulated glass units for each order. This line is carefully monitored for quality control, glass testing and certification, to assure you that all Sun insulated glass is produced to the highest standards.
Duralite™ Warm-Edge Spacer
Duralite™ Warm-Edge Spacer System
All Sun insulated glass units use the Duralite™ warm-edge glass spacer system. Duralite is the only all non-metallic spacer system available. This gives superior thermal performance and its flexible properties provide a superior seal and excellent argon retention. It is one of the reasons we are able to provide a full 20 year warranty on our insulated glass.
Climate Matched Low-E Glass
Sun Windows offers Energy Saving Low-E glass that is matched to your climate. Select our Sun Advantage 270 Low-E glass if you are in a climate that has a mixture of both heating and cooling seasons. Sun Advantage 270 is a second generation Low-E glass that permits 70% of the sun's visible light while blocking 86% of harmful UV rays. Select Sun Advantage 366 Low-E glass if you are in a climate that has stronger cooling requirements. Sun Advantage 270 is a third generation Low-E glass that reduces the amount of the sun's visible light to 66% while blocking 95% of harmful UV rays. Both types use our Duralite™ Warm-Edge glass spacer and have air spaces that are Argon filled for an insulated glass unit that offers excellent thermal performance.
All Sun Vinyl products use glazing stops that allow for the reglazing of the sashl should the glass ever be damaged.
All operating windows incorporate weather seals at the sash seams to guard against water and air leakage when the window is closed and latched.
Lead Times for Options
Option Lead Times
Lead Times For Options
Since all Sun products are built to order, we offer a wide range of options for you to customize your windows and doors to meet your needs. Some of these options are part of the standard production flow while others are more specialized and may require additional time to produce. When a quote is created for your order, any extended lead times are indicated. This can assist you in planning your project and help you coordinate your workflow.
Vinyl Color Options
Sun Vinyl Colors
Solid Vinyl Colors
Sun Vinyl windows are available two "solid vinyl" colors: White and Sand. These are the colors of the actual vinyl extrusions, not paint. Therefore, the exterior and the interior of the window are the same color.
Also Note: Due to the variations in color representation on computer monitors, the colors shown are for general reference only. For accurate color selection and matching, please obtain a color chart or sample swatch from your Sun Window Dealer or Representative.
Hardware - Slider Windows
Sun Vinyl - Hopper Window Hardware
Sun Vinyl Hopper Window hardware consists of a sash latch and a pair of sash opening limiters. This allows the window to open to the interior of the home with a minimal amount of sash intrusion.
The sash latch is unpainted steel.
Glazing Method / Type
Glazing Method - Vinyl Windows
Vinyl Windows Glazing Method
Sun Vinyl products are glazed with Dual Glazed insulated glass. Two pieces of glass with a 1/2" sealed airspace.
Low-E Insulated Glass
Most building codes now require thermally efficient insulated glass in windows and doors. Therefore, high-performance Low-E glass has become an industry standard. Sun offers a range of Low-E Insulated Glass units to match maximum thermal benefits with your region.
• Sun Advantage 270 is for regions that have both heating and cooling seasons.
• Sun Advantage 366 is for regions that require mostly cooling.
• Sun Advantage 270 plus adds a 4th surface i89 Low-E to lower the U-value and improve thermal performance.
• Sun Advantage 366 plus adds a 4th surface i89 Low-E to lower the U-value and improve thermal performance.
• Clear glass is available for specific applications where energy performance codes do not apply or thermal performance is not a concern.
All insulated glass units can be tinted. Tints available are: Bronze and Gray. Tints are part of the glass, not a film. Never apply glass films to Sun insulated glass units.
All insulated glass units can include Obscure glass. Available Obscure textures are: Typical Obscure (P516) and Niagara Obscure (vertical waterfall pattern).
Most insulated glass units can be Tempered to meet glass requirements. Both pieces of the insulated glass unit are tempered. Most glass options (Low-E, Tints, Obscure) are available in tempered glass units.
GBG (Grilles Between Glass) are 3/4" contoured profiled aluminum grilles sealed within the insulated glass unit for no-maintenance convenience. Available in White or Sand. They are also available in two color combinations (one color facing the interior the other facing the exterior) of White/Sand and White/Dark Bronze.
Grille Color Options
Available in White and Sand colors.
Sun's Grille systems (see grille types) are available in a various standard Grille Patterns or in custom designed patterns. View our Grille Pattern charts to see illustrations of our standard patterns. If you have a custom pattern, please submit a drawing to us and we will provide you a quote for your project. Please note that not all patterns are available in all grille types and sizes. Manufacturing limitations apply.
Jamb Depth & Extensions
Jamb Depth & Extension Options
Sun Vinyl Jamb Depth & Extension Options
Sun Vinyl new construction products have a standard jamb depth (thickness) of 1-3/4" from the back of the nail fin.
For deeper wall construction interior wood extensions can be added to the jamb up to a total jamb depth of 6-9/16". These extensions are applied at the factory. The wood is finger jointed paint grade. It is available with no finish, primed or painted white.
Note: Jamb Extensions are available in 1/8" increments up to 6-9/16" total jamb depth.
Mulls & Mulling
Mulls & Mulling Options
Mulls & Mulling
Sun Vinyl Windows can be combined with companion products to form special feature windows or window combinations. Sun Vinyl same series products are designed so that they can be easily grouped together to form multi-unit configurations. These configurations can be as simple as combining two units together, side by side, to form a 2-wide unit, or as complex as combining multiple units of various styles and shapes to form a special feature window wall. Send us your ideas and we will help you configure your special combination.
Mulled Unit Restrictions
The maximum over-all size for a factory mulled unit cannot exceed 12' by 8' (vertical or horizontal).
Maximum units wide = 5
Maximum units high = 4
Mull Caps or Covers
Mull Caps or Covers are available for mulling windows on the job site. Includes mull caps or covers only. (Installation is not provided).
Structurally Reinforced Mulls
Sun uses a specially designed, internal, structural aluminum mull reinforcement to add strength and rigidity to mulled units. This provides for a stronger, more secure installation. After installation, Sun Vinyl mulled units will not flex in the window opening like most competitor vinyl windows with weak mulls. You will have superior protection against storms with high winds and other extreme forces.
Sun Vinyl Hopper Window Sizes
Sun Vinyl Hopper Window Sizes
Windows are available in a wide range of standard sizes listed in this chart. However, if you do not find the size you are looking for, Sun can make your windows in custom widths or custom heights to meet your needs.
Note: unit sizes have a tolerance of +/- .0625 per frame (unit) dimensions.
Widths 16" - 40"
Energy Performance is reported as a group of values designated the National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC) to provide meaningful, comparative data for windows, doors and skylights. The NFRC has determined that these values represent the key energy performance factors when measured and reported in a standardized method.
These values are:
• Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)
• Visible Light Transmittance (VLT)
• Condensation Resistance (CR)
• Air Leakage or Air Infiltration
U-values and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient are used by the EnergyStar™ Certification Program to rate windows and door products as Energy Efficient. Additional factors, especially the Air Leakage or Air Infiltration rating, are critical in the overall, actual energy peformance of the installed product.
All performance values are determined through product testing following industry standard specifications. Actual product performance will depend the specific details of the application in which the product is installed. This includes the how well the product was installed, the physical environment and conditions of the location as well as other factors.
Design Pressure, Air, Water & Structural Performance
Physical Testing and Certification of the design performance of windows and doors is done to meet code and specification requirements. The products are tested and rated in accordance to 101/I.S.2/A440-08 Standard for Windows, Doors and Skylights. They are tested and rated for the following:
• Design Pressure
• Air Infiltration
• Water Performance
• Structural Test Pressure
All performance values are determined through product testing following industry standard specifications. Actually product performance will depend the specific details of the application in which the product is installed. This includes the how well the product was installed, the physical environment and conditions of the location as well as other factors.
Understanding and Controlling Condensation
Understanding and Controlling Condensation
This article describes the basic causes of condensation and provides some tips to help control its occurrence.