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How To Choose Windows Type ?

Double-Hung Windows:

Double-hung windows are the most common type of window in the U.S. They have a traditional appearance and operate by sliding up and down. Dividers, called muntins, either divide individual panes of glass or they snap on for decorative purposes. Spring-mounted operating mechanisms are the newest style of double-hung windows. Easy operation and a traditional style are just two of the advantages of double-hung windows.

Advantages

The advantages of double-hung windows are:

Versatility

Double-hung windows are compatible with most home styles and they come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and stock colors. The choice of material for double-hung windows includes aluminum, fiberglass, wood, and vinyl.

Air conditioner and screen friendly

Unlike casement windows, double-hung windows can accept air conditioners and screens. Because they slide up and down instead of cranking out or sliding to the side, they can hold AC units safely and screens can be added and removed when necessary.

Easy to clean

Newer double hung windows have a tilt-out upper and lower sashes (the part of the window that holds the glass). This makes the windows easier to clean. Many manufacturers also offer windows with removable sashes for even easier cleaning.

Energy efficiency

Although precise measurements are required to minimize moisture and air leaks, high-quality double hung windows have the option of quadruple weather stripping. This feature prevents heat from escaping and cold air from entering, eliminating the need to adjust the thermostat up.

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French Patio Doors:

In terms of function, French patio doors are traditionally a side-hinged set of double doors which open inwards or outwards depending on your preferences.

For the typical installation, when you open the doors, you will have full access to the complete width of the frame opening into which the doors are installed.

Sliding patio doors Vs French patio doors

Both of these designs have their advocates and detractors and their own particular pros & cons. Here’s what we think are the four main differences.

Appearance

Appearance has to be a significant influence on your decision. If you prefer a lot of clear space, then a sliding patio door design could be for you.

French patio doors have slightly thicker frames as a result of the door design and combined with the classic mullioned style, you could argue that you are losing natural light.

The counter-argument for classic French patio doors is that they have an elegance and sense of style, whereas full glass sliding doors are “bland & featureless”. You could also use full height clear glazed French doors without in order to gain more natural light.

Function

After form, in this case, comes function. A typical patio door for the average family house will consist of 2 panels and at this size and configuration, French patio doors have a distinct advantage.

With a sliding patio door of 2 panels, you will only have half the width to go in or out because the doors are fixed within the frame.

French patio doors allow the full width to be used as they swing out of the way.

Even with a 3-panel sliding door, you will be limited to around 60% clear opening for the same reason.

An equivalent wide set of French doors (even with side panels) can match that percentage.

Sliding doors have a small advantage when it comes to interfering with the actual living space, they don’t take up and when they are opened because they just slide within the frame.

On the other hand, French doors can open in or out, so if you have a smaller room, you can just have the doors open outwards.

Security

The safety of your family and security for your personal possessions are high priorities and, whilst addressed by both designs, French doors do have advantages over sliding doors in this area.

Unless you are going for a real high spec top of the range sliding door, there is always the thought in your mind that a burglar could lever the door off the tracks and get into your home. You can’t do that to a French door because it is hinged – even where the hinge bolts on a swing door are visible to the outside, you can’t remove the pins.

With a big glass panel on a sliding door, theoretically, an intruder could smash it and walk through the resulting gap. The mullions in a classic French door design inhibit this action.

To be fair, you can’t really “barge in” a closed sliding door, but theoretically, you could do so, if you apply sufficient force to an inward opening set of French doors. However, to mitigate this problem, French doors use multi-point locks with shoot bolts on the center doors that engage at the top and bottom of the frames.

The other alternative is to have your doors open outwards and then the doors simply can’t be “kicked-in”

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Window Glazing:

We all dislike that day our energy bill comes through, especially in the winter! As the cost of power rises, looking for ways to make your home more energy efficient has never been so important. If you’re going to reduce those energy bills, you need to consider carefully one of the biggest contributors to heat loss in the home – the windows!

Windows provide our homes with light, warmth, and ventilation, but they can also negatively impact a home’s energy efficiency, particularly if they don’t have the right glazing so it’s important to choose wisely.

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Sash Windows:

A sash window or hung sash window is made of one or more movable panels, or “sashes”, that form a frame to hold panes of glass, which are often separated from other panes (or “lights”) by glazing bars, also known as muntins in the US (molded strips of wood). Although any window with this style of glazing is technically a sash, the term is used almost exclusively to refer to windows where the glazed panels are opened by sliding vertically, or horizontally in a style known as a “Yorkshire light”, sliding sash, or sash and case (so-called because the weights are concealed in a box case).

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Glass Block Windows:

Glass block windows, first developed in the early 20th century, are finding new appeal as a design element in the environmentally conscious 21st century. Once confined largely to use in foundation walls and bathrooms, designers are now utilizing glass and acrylic block for exterior walls in living and bedroom areas. They also employ the translucent building blocks as room dividers in interior walls.

Advantages

Energy-Efficient Illumination

Glass block windows offer thermal insulation values that are similar to double-pane windows, but the cement mortar that holds them in place performs a better job of blocking air infiltration than traditional vinyl or aluminum window frames. That means that glass block windows never contribute to a drafty room and because glass block windows can be used across a large expanse of exterior wall space, they provide ample amounts of energy-efficient daylight illumination indoors.

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Single Hung Windows:

With single hung windows, only the bottom sash is moveable—the sash at the top is fixed. They open vertically (up and down), so they use no interior space.

Advantages

Because single hung windows only open in one direction, there are fewer points of failure of the window’s locking system. With only one lock, you may also be less likely to forget to lock your windows once you shut them for the day (or even for the season!).

Energy Efficiency

With only one moving sash, there is less opportunity for air infiltration as the window ages. Installing replacement single hung windows also increases the energy efficiency of your home, as newer windows feature improved technology—including more energy efficient glass, frame, insulation, and more. The less air that can infiltrate through your window, the less you should waste on heating and cooling costs year round. It can also prevent moisture from getting into your home (and, therefore, decrease the risk of mold, mildew, water damage, and wood rotting).

Space Saving

Single hung windows are great to install in smaller rooms (such as studies, bathrooms, guest rooms, etc.) and areas with high traffic (entryways, hallways, etc.). Because they don’t open outward, they are ideal for tight spaces and allow for extra sunlight and cross breezes without losing any square footage in a room.

Cost

When comparing cost, keep in mind that each manufacturer style and material of window will differ in cost. That said, single hung windows are often more affordable than double hung windows (mostly because there are fewer moving parts).

Versatility

While they are a basic window with only one moving sash, single hung windows offer many options when it comes to style, wood, trim, shape, and finishing options.

Single hung windows come in the following shapes:

  • Eyebrow  eyebrow windows have a curved top edge that looks much like the shape of a human eyebrow.
  • Special shape – special shape windows come in a variety of geometric shapes.
  • Arch – these are rounded at the top in the shape of a half-circle.
  • Gothic – these are arched windows, with the arch being sharper and less circular than a regular arch window.

With your selection of wood, trim, and finishing, you can also ensure that your single hung replacement windows blend with the architectural and aesthetic style of your home or business.

Weather Shield Advantages of Single Hung Windows

Single hung windows from Weather Shield come with the advantages that are found in all of our window products: high-efficiency glass and premium materials that are manufactured in the United States.

Single hung windows are a great choice for a home or business owners looking for windows with a timeless and elegant historic look with modern-day efficiency and features.

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Aluminum Windows:

Aluminum windows have steadily increased in popularity over the years as they not only tend to look modern, sophisticated, and stylish but also provide impressive durability, security, and efficiency.

Advantages

Durability and Maintenance

Aluminum windows have an extremely long life while being highly resistant to outside weather elements. Aluminum can be left in its finished condition and virtually maintenance free due to its corrosion resistant and anti-rust properties. Furthermore, they are less likely to warp, rot, swell, or crack over time, thus ensuring a long product life. They also do not require any periodical or annual expenditure on paint or polish and can simply be wiped clean with the help of a damp cloth.

Thermal Performance

When combined with energy efficient glass, aluminum windows are able to meet or exceed energy efficiency standards by providing excellent thermal and sound insulation thus easily outperforming more expensive wood and uPVC counterparts. Aluminum windows can easily achieve a significant boost in heat gain and loss through windows by nearly 60%. They are also an environmentally sustainable material with one of the highest recycling rates of any metal.

Affordability

Aluminum windows are significantly less expensive than wooden frames thus helping provide a great economical alternative for both commercial and private use. Moreover, they are easy to manufacture and the materials are quite affordable, thus making it an ideal and cost-effective alternative for windows.

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Awning Windows:

Awning windows are like traditional casement windows, with one major difference. Casement windows, pivot on hinges mounted on the side, while awning windows, pivot on hinges mounted at the top.

Awning windows are just as popular as traditional casement windows, despite minor disadvantages such as maintenance and somewhat limited placement options. So, the decision to choose awning windows over other types of windows will depend on the construction of your home, the look you wish to achieve, and price.

The cost of awning windows depends on factors such as the material, size, and manufacturer. Because costs vary based on these and other factors, a top-of-the-line awing window may cost anywhere from $300 on the low end up to $1,000 or more on the high end. Steel and wood are the most expensive materials for awning windows, while aluminum, cellular PVC, composite, fiberglass, and vinyl are the least expensive.

Advantages

The advantages of awning windows are:

Good Ventilation

Awning windows can be placed higher in walls than many other types of windows. When placed high, awning windows can provide natural light and ventilation, without compromising privacy. High placement also allows for maximum wall space for design aspects such as art and furniture placement.

Weather-tight construction, good choice in damp climates

Awning windows can protect your home against moisture, even when they’re open during a rainstorm. Because of the way awning windows are constructed, they allow for nearly 100 percent of viable ventilation, without the threat of water seeping into the home. Awning windows also offer a superior seal against air pass through.

Attractive, contemporary look.

Newer awning windows use friction hinges at either end of the top edge. This allows the bottom edge of the awning window to swing open, creating a fresh, contemporary look.

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Basement Windows:

Basement windows are different from other types of windows in the home. They sit lower than other windows and some are even located in underground wells. Because of positioning, there are a number of advantages and disadvantages to these distinctive openings.

Advantages

The advantages of the basement windows are:

Good ventilation

Whether the basement is finished or unfinished, proper ventilation is necessary to minimize musty odors, and to allow fresh air in, especially if someone lives in the space.

Natural light

Although many basements are used for storage only, some are finished and used for extra living space. Basement windows allow sunlight to get down there. It is possible to live in a space without windows, but sunlight is good for your health. It stimulates circulation, increases energy, encourages better sleep, and causes vitamin D production.

Optional escape route

Can provide optional escape routes in case of an emergency, such as a fire. Basement windows also serve as a way for emergency crews to enter the home. Basement windows create a safer environment for occupants of the home.

Value

These windows add appeal. Safety and aesthetic enhancements add thousands of dollars to the value of your home.

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Bay Windows:

Bay windows project outward from the side of the house. They are made up of a central window and two side windows. The central window is usually fixed, and parallel to the existing wall. The side windows are set at a 30°, 45°, 60°, or 90° angle. They’re often casements or double-hung styles and are either stationary or operating. Bay windows have a deep sill area that’s commonly used as a display for plants. Whether you choose to install a bay window in your master bedroom, kitchen, or living room, there are several advantages and disadvantages to consider.

Advantages

The advantages of bay windows are:

Add value to the home

Bay windows are often chosen for their aesthetic appeal. From the outside, the shimmering glass gives the home a clean, modern look. On the inside, the style looks elegant and creates a feeling of additional space. Aesthetic appeal and increased square footage, add to the resale value of your home.

Allow natural light to enter

Bay windows have panoramic views, so they allow more natural light to enter from multiple directions.

Good ventilation

Because bay windows offer the option of having two operating windows, the homeowner and guests can enjoy a nice breeze from two directions instead of just one.

Versatility

Bay windows can be found in any room in Victorian homes, but they’re also a popular enhancement for modern homes. They can be installed anywhere, but bay windows are popular in the kitchens and living rooms of modern homes. The area around the window allows for a reading nook or banquette style seating.

Bow windows and bay windows are often confused, based on the names. Although bow and bay windows have the same effect, they are a bit different in construction. Bay windows have three parts, while bow windows have four or more window units joined together to form an arc.

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Casement Windows:

Instead of having a handle and lifting up, casement windows are hinged at the side and crank outward. They’re often installed over sinks, countertops, or appliances, but can be placed anywhere in the home.

Advantages

The advantages of casement windows are:

Variety of design features

Casement windows offer a number of attractive design features such as French, flat top, pulsate, top-down grille, colonial grill, prairie grill, and no grill. They can be customized for precise size and desired color, and they look attractive in a number of materials. Typical casement window materials include wood, steel, clad (wood covered with aluminum or vinyl), fiberglass, aluminum, and vinyl.

Second, most efficient window.

Casement windows are the second most energy-efficient, after fixed-pane windows. The window sash presses against the frame on closing, creating an airtight seal. This helps prevent air entry and leakage.

Easy to open and close.

Because they use single-lever latches or tandem latches, casement windows are easy to open and close. Most models can also be fitted for automatic openers.

Excellent ventilation.

Casement windows open all the way outward. Unlike double-hung windows, which are closed on top, casement windows are wide open from top to bottom and side-to-side providing excellent natural ventilation and light.

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Double Glazed Windows:

Double glazed windows consist of two layers of glass with a layer of inert gas sealed between them. This creates nearly twice the insulation as single glazed units. Once sealed, the unit becomes airtight.

Advantages

The advantages of double glazed windows are:

Energy cost savings

The airtight construction of double glazed windows creates thermal insulation. This reduces the flow of incoming and outgoing heat. Less energy is used to heat up or cool down space, resulting in lower energy bills.

Adding a third or fourth layer of glass increases the insulation value of your window. Each layer of glass traps a significant amount of heat that passes through, increasing the windows protection against heat loss.

Limited condensation

Moisture on a warm surface forms droplets of water, which freeze into frost. This can make the room feel colder, which forces the people inside to adjust the heat. The air between the two panes of glass, plus the airtight seal, prevents condensation from building up by blocking moisture in cold weather.

Sound insulation

Double glazed windows improve sound insulation by creating a barrier between the home and the environment outside.

Safety

Double glazed windows are tougher to break than single pane windows, so they increase the security of the home. Because they’re sealed tighter than other windows, it is also tougher to force them open from the outside.

Reduce damage to furnishings

Double glazed windows can reduce the amount of sun and heat entering the room. This can help reduce sun damage to your paintings, furniture, carpet, and other objects around the home.

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Energy Efficient Windows:

Frequently used in extremely hot climates, tinted windows can block extreme heat, but unfortunately, they also block some sunlight, creating a gloomy interior. With energy efficient windows, your view can change for the better.  New glazing technologies placed on the energy efficient window glass make it possible to keep extreme solar heat out while letting natural light in.

For example, when compared to a traditional double-paned, tinted window, a double-paned energy efficient window with a low solar gain coating lets in half as much heat, but similar amounts of natural light. With energy efficient windows you can enjoy an unobstructed view through your windows, with plenty of natural light, and extreme heat protection.

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Insulated Windows:

Insulated windows use one or more techniques to minimize heat transfer through the window. Because insulated windows are versatile and energy efficient, these common windows offer a number of advantages.

Advantages

The advantages of insulated windows are:

Versatility

Insulated windows are double or triple paned. They include one to several low-emittance (low-e) coatings that offer insulation against heat and cold. Low-e coatings can be added to any window type. Insulated windows perform well with all materials, but wood, vinyl, and fiberglass are the most common.

Energy efficiency

Insulated windows help reduce the power requirements of the home by preventing heat loss during the cold season and keeping cool air during the hot season. A window that isn’t insulated can have a surface temperature of 30 degrees or lower. From an insulated window, the temperature jumps to 56 degrees.

Noise reduction

Insulated windows, whether double or triple pane, help reduce the sounds of noises from outside the house. The air between the panes doesn’t allow as much noise to pass through. Adding insulators such as argon or krypton gas between panes can reduce noise even more.

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Lattice Windows:

A latticed window could be a form of a window sash, either mounted or hinged, with glazing bars running diagonally. Early styles used individual items of shut-in every panel, however, trendy styles are manufactured from one piece of glass reticular with classic grids which will be popped in or out of the framework. You’ll additionally use lattice windows in doors. Looking on whether or not your window is recent or new, there are many advantages and drawbacks of lattice windows.

When buying lattice windows for new-construction, confirm the look enhances the design of the house. For replacement windows, contact a custom manufacturer or craftsman which will reproduce the window with contemporary efficiencies.

Advantages

The advantages of lattice windows are:

Selection

Slender, elongated designs are widespread, however, lattice windows additionally are available alternative shapes. Diamond grids are accessible for mounted, double-hung, casement, and slippery. Material choices embrace metallic element, vinyl, wood, and clay mixtures. Makers additionally supply opaque, tempered, or solar-treated choices.

Energy savings

Trendy lattice windows embrace double or triple pane glass for reduced air and wet escape. This helps decrease the quantity of warmth and air-con used, leading to lower energy bills.

Enticing

Lattice windows are historic and chic. The old style font ads curb charm to the house. Some lattice windows bear Byzantine details whereas others have a reticular style. Either style may be utilized in recent or trendy homes, churches, and gazebos.

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Garden Windows:

A garden window is a special type of window that juts out into a yard or other exterior area. It contains several shelves and is typically installed in kitchens over the sink or really, any room in the home. Besides versatility, garden windows have a number of advantages along with a disadvantage or two.

Garden windows have greater exposure to the elements than other types of windows. When selecting garden windows, choose a material that doesn’t peel, chip, crack, or require painting. Choose insulated glass for comfort and energy efficiency.

Advantages

The advantages of garden windows are:

Creates shelf space

Garden windows are like mini-greenhouses. The shelves can be used to grow plants, flowers, or vegetables or they can be used to display vases or other home accessories.

Additional light and fresh air

Although many garden windows are small, they allow extra light and air into the room. Garden windows typically open on the sides by turning a handle, allowing for ample air flow.

Easy to install

Garden windows are available in easy-to-install kits that fit into existing window space.

Add beauty and value to the home

Garden windows are constructed for beauty. They have four glass panes—one on each side, one in the front, and a slanted pane on top. Depending on the size, the window may have one shelf or multiple shelves. Any addition to the home, such as this, adds value to the property.

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Picture Windows:

Picture windows are fixed windows, which means they can’t be opened or closed. These large expanses of glass have one use — to frame a beautiful view. Picture windows are often found in homes with high or vaulted ceilings and they’re often installed as an arched window over vaulted areas, doors, and other windows.

Although they are not the most popular choice, some manufacturers make combination picture windows that allow both light and air in. Common combination styles include casement and picture, double-hung and picture, and gliding and picture.

Advantages

The advantages of picture windows are:

Costs

Picture windows are fixed, so there are no mechanical parts to break. This eliminates the costs associated with purchasing replacement parts. The lack of mechanical activity also means the windows cost less than other similarly sized windows with moving parts.

Heat gain

During the winter months, the heat from the sun helps warm the room. Using a natural source of heat reduces heating costs.

Natural light

Picture windows come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but even small picture windows allow lots of natural light in.

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Window Shutters:

Window shutters are either operable or fixed. These optional window treatments give homes a touch of class by adding an attractive accessory to the inside or outside of the home. Window shutters are made of materials such as wood, vinyl, and aluminum. Operable shutters protect against bad weather conditions, flying debris, and intruders. Light control and added security are also benefits.

The type of shutters you chose will depend on the style of your home. Some common styles are:

Accordion window shutters

are used mainly for protection from storms. They aren’t divided down the middle like other shutters. Instead, they stretch from one side to the other. When not in use, they fold up like an accordion, making them nearly invisible.

Bahama window shutters

have a narrow frame and horizontal slats divided vertically by a narrow panel. Many have adjustable arms. Bahama shutters provide shade from direct sunlight without compromising views.

Board and batten window shutters

are made of wide vertical slats, usually with two thick pieces of wood attached near the top and the bottom. Other styles have thicker pieces of material arranged in a Z-shape and others are enclosed in a frame made of thicker pieces of material.

Louvered window shutters

are made of slanted horizontal slats that allow air in. They may have two panels separated by a large strip of material or one panel reaching from top to bottom.

Raised panel window shutters

are unlike any other shutter. They aren’t made of individual slats or multiple vertical panels. These types of shutters look like kitchen cabinet doors and they’re made of 1 to 3 large panels separated by a divider rail. Panels are typically the same size, but custom rails may have a smaller panel on top and a larger one on the bottom.

Some window shutters come with a latch or lock to keep them from flying open. Latches and locks also provide additional security by adding a second lock to the windows.

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Slider Windows:

Slider windows open by sliding horizontally on the window frame. They’re kind of like double-hung windows, however open facet to the side rather than up and down. These windows are often used to frame a view or brighten a room, but they have a number of advantages beyond aesthetics.

Advantages

The advantages of slider windows are:

Minimal maintenance

Slider windows have fewer parts than conventional windows, making them a low-maintenance and cost-effective choice for residential homes.

Durable

Springs and pulleys wear or fail over time. Slider windows don’t rely on these components to function, making them more durable than conventional windows. Most slider windows also use window glazing, adding to their durability.

Energy efficiency

Window glazing improves insulation and energy efficiency. This will result in lower energy bills over time.

Easy to use.

Slider windows require very little effort and dexterity to open and close. They aren’t heavy and they glide along the window frame with ease. To use, all you have to do is release a latch and slide the window open.

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Stain Glass Windows:

Stain glass windows are handcrafted works of art that are used mostly as accent pieces for hallways, foyers, bathrooms, or kitchens. Also called decorative glass and art glass, stain glass windows are also commonly used in churches, museums, and funeral homes.

If you prefer more light to pass through, choose clear textured glass or subtle designs made with lighter colors.

Stain glass windows are handcrafted works of art that are used largely as accent items for hallways, foyers, bathrooms, or kitchens. Additionally referred to as ornamental glass and art glass, stain glass windows are unremarkably utilized in churches, museums, and ceremonial homes.

If you favor additional lightweight to withstand, select clear rough glass or delicate styles created with lighter colors.

Advantages

The advantages of stain glass windows are:

Versatile

Stained glass is no longer limited to inoperable picture windows. It can be found on many different windows from awning to the casement.

Attractive

Stained glass windows are often used to add visual interest to a boring room. The window becomes the focal point while giving the space a personal touch.

Privace

Because they’re ornately decorated, stained glass windows offer more privacy than other windows.

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Storm Windows:

A storm window is a secondary window that protects the primary window and the interior of the home against cold and severe weather. Storm windows are often installed on the interior of the primary window, but exterior models are also available.

Advantages

The advantages of storm windows are:

Reduced energy costs

Storm windows help reduce air movement into and out of existing windows. This helps reduce heating and air conditioning costs by 25 to 50 percent.

Variety

There are many different storm window types and sizes to choose from, so finding a fit for existing windows is easy. Storm windows are made of glass, plastic panels, special plastic sheets, polycarbonate plastic, or laminated glass.

Safety

Storm windows offer a high degree of resistance to breaking due to severe weather or intruders.

Convenience

Interior storm windows can be removed by releasing the latches for quick cleaning, repair, or replacement. This also makes it easy to install from the inside.

Comfort

Storm windows help eliminate drafts and cold rooms in the home, adding to the overall comfort.

Inexpensive

Storm windows can be purchased for as little as $40 per window, so they are a good option for tight budgets.

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Vinyl Windows:

Vinyl is a good alternative to other types of window materials because of its price and energy efficiency. It’s made from a plastic material known as polyvinyl chloride (PVC). PVC encompasses a high R-value, which suggests it provides a big quantity of insulation. Price and energy efficiency are just a few advantages of vinyl windows.

Advantages

The advantages of vinyl windows are:

Lower energy costs

Vinyl windows keep heat in during winter and out during summer. This reduces heating and air conditioning usage for lower energy bills.

Maintenance free

Vinyl windows are nearly 100 percent scratch free. They never have to be painted, scraped, or stained and they’re easily cleaned with soap and water. Because they’re resistant to the elements, they don’t age as fast as other windows.

Inexpensive

Vinyl is the least expensive of all window materials, but this doesn’t mean vinyl windows are low quality. Vinyl is durable, and it won’t rust or corrode.

Variety

Vinyl windows have many colors, size, and style options. They can also be custom made. Colors range from champagne to forest green, and sizes range widely. Vinyl windows are available in styles from awning to the picture.

Because vinyl windows can’t be painted, choose a color, you will be happy with forever. If you decide on another color down the line, the windows will have to be replaced.

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