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Usually made from several pieces of glass and extending from a home or sometimes business, bay windows provide a stylish was to look out at your surroundings. While found on many styles of buildings, they compliment Victorian or traditional architecture the most. Due to their natural shape, they have the unique ability to allow much more light into a room, namely a living room. Their aesthetic appeal is very sought after, both for interior and exterior purposes (2). As an added bonus, they have even been shown to increase air flow in a room. Feel free to use the space provided for either storage or simply decor opportunities.Back to top
While many homes opt for more traditional window styles, never forget that customization is key. Custom windows can look like whatever you want for your home. Ideally you would want to make use of whichever side of your house sees the most sun, because custom windows will be properly insulated and far more energy efficient than your average windows. While custom windows do tend to be on the more expensive side, the energy efficiency can certainly help pay for itself after a few years (3). Feel free to think outside the box for your custom windows, or draw from designs that are already in place. Different types of windows include, and are not limited to:
- • Double-hung sash windows
- • Horizontal sliding sash windows
- • Awning windows
- • Bay windows
- • Double and triple paned windows
- • Casement windows
- • Clerestory windows
- • Diocletian windows
- • Emergency exit windows
- • Eyebrow window
- • Fixed windows
- • French windows
- • Hopper windows
- • Ilt and turn windows
- • Jalousie or louvered windows
- • Oriel windows
- • Panel windows
- • Picture windows
- • Roof lanterns
- • Roof windows
- • Sidelight windows
- • Single-hung sash windows
- • Skylights
- • Stained glass windows
- • Tilt and slide windows
- • Thermal
- • Transom windows
Hurricane Impact Windows
True to name, hurricane impact windows can resist high winds, adverse weather conditions, and debris flying through the air. They are incredibly cost effective in regions where hurricanes are a major factor. Not only do they stand up to natural disasters, they can even disway the occasional intruder from breaking in. The key to the windows' hardiness is the layers of polyvinyl butyral (PRB) that are in between each pane of glass (4). These windows can just shrug off major damage.Back to top
Also called storm-proof windows, impact windows are a great investment for any home, especially in areas with adverse weather conditions. Similar to hurricane windows, these units can also take severe punishment, and make it harder for would-be robbers to enter your property. In terms of raw materials, a single pane can cost between $500 and $600. A sliding glass unit can be anywhere from $1900 to $2100 (5). But homeowners say it's worth every cent.Back to top
Impact Windows and Doors
When considering impact windows, why not outfit your doors with the same capabilities? Having both impact windows and doors further minimizes the risk of a break in either by weather, debris, or something being hurled through the air. With heavy duty frames and reinforced glass, there isn't much these units can't take (6). Usually made from heavy duty extruded aluminum and topped with an electrostatic paint these windows and doors can take on the toughest of conditions and thwart an intruder.Back to top
To control the amount of sunlight the room is getting, and to provide a stylish look to your interior, window blinds are the right choice. A window without them just feels naked. Shades and shutters can add a lot to a room, especially with the right mix of glass and treatment. window companie Window can also work with you to see which blinds work best for your home. You can also set your budget around the blinds that you want to use (7). For more options, consider:
- • Vertical Blinds
- • UV blinds
- • Roman Shades
- • Honeycomb Shades
- • Roller units
- • Wood Blinds
- • Exterior Shades
- • Pleated Shades
Window Glass Replacement
Usually homeowners replace their glass when it is damaged, but alternatively there have been numerous changes to the glass industry that result in better insulation and therefore energy efficiency (8). Purchasing new glass panes may actually pay for themselves over the years. Double paned glass can actually save you a considerable sum of money, according to the NFRC (9). So if your glass is damaged, cracked, or just old, consider window glass replacement window for your home. Window replacement can be done quickly and can even add new features to your home (10).Back to top
Installing a new window can be a great addition to a home. Just be sure to pick the right material, frame, and trim to completely revamp a room (11). window installation can be done efficiently to allow more sunlight or air into an otherwise dark or stale room. As for the frame, you have several options:
- • Wood
- • Vinyl
- • Fiberglass
- • Aluminum
Far from tedious, window restoration is something that most homes need about every fifty years (12). Because old wood was meant to be repaired, the restoration is a truly beneficial process that will make your window units stronger and more energy efficient than ever before. Don't be fooled by companies that state "Maintenance free" in the list of pros. This indicated that the windows cannot be maintained. The entire unit has to be discarded and is very wasteful. Otherwise with regular window restoration they can last for over 200 years.Back to top
To add practicality and style to your room's interior try out new window shades. They come in a wide array of styles and designs, and it's just a matter of choosing which one is right for you. Amongst the different types of shades are Roman, tie-up, and balloon (13). It really comes down to personal taste for what fits your window frames.Back to top
Simply a way to refer to any changes made to the glass, window treatments provide a great deal of options for your home. Most work is backed by the WCAA (14). You can have fogged glass, UV protecting glass, etched designs, and even stained glass windows (15).Back to top
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