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Define Your Style With:
The Elegance of Bay Windows
The Practicality of Casement Windows
The Function of Double Hung Windows

New windows are a great way to jazz up your home and enhance your curb appeal. Today, window companies offer consumers a wide array of designs and styles that are sure to complement your lifestyle and personal taste. The unique advantages of each window type vary, so we recommend reviewing this section of our web site to find the perfect window for your home.
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Bay WindowAwning windows are designed with a top hinge and then open outwards. This type of window typically ensures lower rates of air leakage, because the sash closes as it presses against the frame. Keep in mind that the screens are placed on the inside of the frame.

Bay windows offer a wonderful design element. This style usually comprises three or more window panels and offers a distinctive appearance by projecting the side units out from the exterior in various angles. Individual panels can remain stationary or operating. A popular option is electing to keep your center panel stationary, while the two side units operate.

A Casement window features a side hinge design and a number of great benefits. Casements boast lower rates of air leakage, interior screens and a sash that is closed by pressing to the frame. An additional benefit of casements are that they project outward. As a result, you will experience better ventilation with casement windows than with other sliders of the same size.

A Double Hung window provides you with the ability to slide your sash on a vertical. This feature allows you to control the ventilation into your home. You can opt for the smallest opening or invite the cool breezes in by opening the window up to one half of the total glass dimension. Another benefit of double hung's are that you can decide whether to place your screen on the exterior or interior of the frame. Varying slightly is "Single Hung," which only permit the bottom sash to slide.

Double-Sliding windows are actually quite similar to single or double hung. They allow you to manipulate your ventilation area and place screens on both the exterior and interior of the frame. The major difference is that this style will permit you to slide both sashes on a horizontal. Note that single-sliding windows only allow for one sash to be moved.

Fixed frame windows generally refer to windows that are non-venting and inoperable. They are the most basic type.

Grades of Glass
Knowing your window options is the first important step, when shopping windows. The next step is contemplating the variety of glass choices available to you. Consider your energy efficiency goals. Once you have a clear idea of your goals, take a moment to review the different grades of glass. Our next section will take you through an overview of the four basic types.

Clear Glass is the most popular choice among homeowners. However, you may find that you enjoy the unique style and flair of windows, which feature newer techniques in cutting, glazing and custom fitting. These techniques provide you with the option of customizing your window's appearance, and a few enhancements, such as glazing, can actually work to control condensation and heat loss.

Heat-Absorbing Glass features special tints, which help to absorb up to 45% of solar energy and reduce heat gain. It is important to note; however, that a percentage of absorbed heat will still pass through via re-radiation or simple conduction.

Low_Emissivity Glass (Low-E)
(Low-E) has a surface coating that helps to reduce any heat transfer coming back through your window. Surprisingly, this unique coating reflects 40% to 70% of transmitted heat. Most people are happy to learn that this type of glass, while very efficient, does not hinder the normal amount of light that passes through the glass and into your home.

Reflective Glass is popular among homeowners, who wish to control their solar heat gain in the summer. Reflective glass helps them accomplish their goals because it is coated with a film that is reflective, thus its name. This grade of glass also helps to reduce the passage of light, as well as solar transmittance.

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