Windows with AAMA certifications meet high standards of quality and performance. Window manufacturers take extra care in the craftsmanship of their windows to meet the standards set by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA)↗. The AAMA sets all of the performance standards for the window industry.
Read on to learn more about the AAMA and the product certifications they offer.
The AAMA is the leading trade organization for window manufacturers and professionals. Since 1936, the AAMA has been an advocate in our industry, leading efforts to address the technical needs of product manufacturers, suppliers, and test labs as well as working to improve the product, material, and component standards for the industry.
AAMA has offered third-party product certification for over 40 years. Standards set by the AAMA are often referenced in national and state building codes. The AAMA works with the following organizations on regional and national codes:
As of January 1, 2020, the AAMA and the Insulating Glass Manufacturing Alliance (IGMA) have unified to create the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA). The FGIA is designed to provide better standards for glass, window, door, and skylight technology in order to improve home and building performance.
Most homeowners won’t have anything to do with the AAMA but understanding that the AAMA provides leading certifications in the industry is valuable. Gold label and Silver label certifications tell you that the manufacturer that made your window is confident in the quality and performance of their windows. Certifications show that the products are backed by a trusted organization that provides third-party testing for the products. Most importantly, “the stringent AAMA Certification Program procedures assure … customers that the products selected, when installed properly, match the quality of the sample product tested” (aamanet.org↗).
Additionally, the AAMA provides several resources to homeowners including guides, brochures, and access to electronic publications.
Learn more about AAMA’s Gold and Silver label certifications below and download this PDF for more details on The AAMA Authorized Label↗.
The AAMA Gold Label indicates that a sample of a product underwent independent and unbiased testing per the criteria set by AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440-11↗. In short, the sample product tested meets stringent standards for air leakage, water leakage, and structural strength.
Gold Label Windows
From the AAMA
Certified products met the following criteria:
A Gold Label also means:
Windows with an AAMA Silver Certification Label have been certified for thermal performance without certifying for air, water, and structural performance.
This is an optional certification that can also be performed in addition to the Gold Label Certification. As energy-efficiency becomes more important, this certification provides a credential for thermal performance and condensation resistance two very valuable factors for homeowners.
What is tested?
Manufacturers can certify thermal performance through the AAMA or through the NFRC.
High-quality products often come with high price tags, Gold Label windows aren’t for everyone but understanding what they are can come in handy when shopping for new or replacement windows.
Find out if the products you’re interested in are AAMA Certified by reaching out to a window professional. You can also verify certifications by using the AAMA’s Certified Product Directory↗.