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Great windows provide you with unobstructed views to the outside world while controlling your internal environment. They act as a barrier to both the outside heat and cold. Picking the right windows for you application is crucial to get the best out of your investment. Contact us and we would be happy to provide make sure you get the best windows for your budget,
Horizontal Slider windows open with the sash sliding left or right. Some people find a sliding glass window easier to open and close than a crank-style window. Since they slide open without protruding, horizontal sliders are an excellent choice for rooms facing walkways, porches or patios. Horizontal slider windows are a favorite for contemporary style homes and are also popular for satisfying bedroom egress requirements. In a single slider, one sash slides to open. In a double slider, both sashes open, which can be great for providing air circulation to a room
In the single hung window, the bottom sash moves up to open and allow in air flow. The top sash is fixed. Since it opens and closes without protuding, single-hung windows are an excellent choice for rooms facing walkways, porches or patios.
Double-Hung windows are one of the most popular styles for homeowners. The window can be operated from the bottom or top sash, sliding up and down for ventilation. Since it opens and closes without protruding, double-hung windows are an excellent choice for rooms facing walkways, porches or patios. Milgard double-hung tilt windows have sashes that tilt inward to enable easy cleaning of the exterior glass.
Casement windows are hinged at the side and open outward like a door. It looks like a picture window because unlike double hung or sliding windows, a casement window has no rail. Some casement windows are simply pushed open, but most have a hand crank. Screens are placed on the inside of the window, where they're more protected from the elements. If you're installing windows over a sink, countertop or appliance, a casement window with a crank can be the perfect solution.
Awning windows are hinged on top and open outward, enabling ventilation without letting in rain or falling leaves. Screens are on the inside of the window, where they're more protected from the elements. Awning windows are often used for basements because they can be placed high on the wall and easily operate with a turn of the handle. They are a great choice to pair with non-operable windows, such as above or below a picture window, since awning windows are generally smaller in size than double hungs, casements or sliders.
Picture windows are fixed windows that do not open. They are usually installed in difficult to reach places to let in light. For unobstructed views where ventilation is not a concern, picture windows are ideal. Picture windows create a portrait-like space on walls - hence the word "picture" in their name. Picture windows are also a popular choice for letting in natural light without cold air in areas of a room that may be most susceptible to drafts.
Radius windows include circular shapes, half circles and arched tops. This style of window brings softness to a room as it juxtaposes the straight corners of rectangular windows. They can be operable to let in fresh air or fixed to only let in light.
Bay and Bow windows provide a dramatic accent to exterior walls for added curb appeal. You’ll also gain interior space in your home for furnishings or a permanent window seat. Bay and Bow windows can be flanked with casement windows or single hung windows for ventilation and additional light.
The Jalousie window is available with multiple glass options or attractive cedar slats. Their louvers open easily and close tight. Use side by side to create a wall of windows or mix with picture windows to frame a view with ventilation.
Garden windows extend out from the house and generally have an interior shelf for plants and herbs. Side vents provide ventilation. Because the window extends beyond the house, you won't want to put a garden window in a place where it would interfere with sidewalks, patios or other exterior features.
Each type of window construction have different advantages. Below is a list to help you decide on what is best for your property.
For years, wood has been a readily available window substrate, and the most common choice for homes. It could be painted a solid color or stained and sealed to show off the wood grain. Wood is also strong and easy to work with, is a natural insulator and complements many forms of architecture.
Compared to vinyl and fiberglass, wood window and door frames require more maintenance. Regular sealing, staining or painting is needed to prolong the beauty of the wood. Frequent touchups and the occasional refurbishing, sanding and applying new coats is almost always required.
Fiberglass frames are essentially composed of glass fibers and resin, materials that expand and contract very little with temperature changes in the weather. Until recently, the complex profiles required for window designs have been impossible to attain with fiberglass. Innovation has made it possible to design a fiberglass frame and fiberglass windows and patio doors are becoming more popular among homeowners for its beauty and long-lasting durability.
Fiberglass windows and doors resist swelling, rotting and warping. The frame expands and contracts at approximately the same rate as the insulated glass it holds for improved energy efficiency and strength. While fiberglass frames do not require repainting for upkeep, the material is able to be repainted if you prefer to change colors.
Vinyl frames are made primarily from polyvinyl chloride (PVC). This material has many advantages, including being virtually maintenance-free. There will be differences in the quality of one manufacturer's vinyl compared to another. This is because a vinyl frame is made from a compound—a recipe of sorts—that dictates its performance over time. Each additive to a company's vinyl recipe helps determine the long-term characteristics of the final product, like its weather and impact resistance. For example, titanium dioxide makes the vinyl more heat resistant. At first glance, competing windows may look the same, but there can be key differences in the vinyl recipe used and how vinyl parts are formed to make a window structurally strong and optimize insulation performance.
Light yet strong, aluminum windows and doors can be configured into a wide variety of combinations. The narrowness of the frame places the focus on the glass and subsequently, the view it offers. Multi-panel door systems are often made with aluminum frames to facilitate indoor/outdoor living. Thermally Improved Aluminum windows and doors are equipped with thermal breaks to separate the interior and exterior surfaces and reduce heat transfer.