Options When Window Buying

Posted by Polar Shades on Jun 3, 2016 3:13:02 PM

Windows are a valuable, multifaceted component to our homes. They open up views of our outdoors, allow the light to brighten our rooms, and add a positive aesthetic touch both inside and out. 

Buying the right windows for your home can become overwhelming given the sheer variety in styles, sizes, materials, and features. Consider the following options when window buying:

Window Types

  • Single or Double Hung Windows.   The most popular home windows they open and close by sliding upbigstock-Do-It-Yourselfer-1082335.jpg or down and consist of two separate panes of glass (known as the sash).
  • Casement Windows.  These have one large sash generally hinged vertically and can be opened by swinging the sash out. 
  • Awning Windows.  True to their name, awning windows resemble the appearance of an awning as they are hinged at the top and open by tilting the sash from the bottom.
  • Sliding Windows.  These windows slide from side to side, thus are ideal in kitchens and rooms where there isn't much space to swing the window open.
  • Fixed Windows.  Because they are designed to not be opened, these airtight windows are best utilized in areas where lighting and decoration are the most important.  

Framing Materials

  • Wooden Framing.  Wood is classic, bold, and beautiful. It has great insulating properties and can be painted or treated to meet the look of most any home. However, wooden framing does require periodic treatment to protect against moisture and rot.
  • Vinyl Framing.  Vinyl framing materials are popular due to their affordability, low maintenance and excellent insulation capabilities. However, vinyl framing is primarily only available in white and cannot be readily painted. 
  • Fiberglass Framing.  Currently a niche product, fiberglass window (and door) frames are steadily gaining traction among both homeowners and contractors. They are durable, require no maintenance, and are highly resistant to temperature and moisture extremes as they naturally don't rust or splinter. 

Window Glass

  • Low Emissivity (Low-E) Glass.  This glass includes a special, slender layer of material along its surface that acts to reduce how much heat transfers through the whole glass pane.
  • Impact Resistant Glass.  While not exactly bulletproof, impact resistant glass can hold up under extreme weather conditions and, should the stray golf ball smash against it, it might crack but won't shatter.

But no matter which window style, frame, or glass you choose, you'll need some type of window covering. Window shades help keep your interior private when you want, allow the right amount of light in when you need it and can protect your furnishings from UV rays. For help on deciding whether you should choose shades or blinds for your home, download our free Shades Vs. Blinds guide.

To learn more about our superior shades and which option is right for your home, contact us at 877-260-6110 or request an in-home consultation.

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