• How To Select And Buy New Windows

    How To Select And Buy New Windows

    How To Select And Buy New Windows

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    February 21, 2017

    One of the most important things on your home are the windows.

    Good windows literally pay for themselves.  They are what keeps your home properly air conditioned and heated.

    The question is always the same – “How do I select windows?  Let’s dig a bit deeper into this topic.  First let’s discuss window housings…

    GLASS HOUSINGS

    First let’s discuss the 3 types of window housings…

    Wood Frame

    Most are solid wood, though some may include certain composite materials (e.g., plastic with wood fibers embedded in it).  You can choose from a variety of hardware finishes, allowing you to pick a style that matches your home.

    Vinyl Frame

    They’re typically the least expensive.  And they don’t need to be painted or stained.  Most are white and usually cannot be painted.  There are also fewer hardware options.

    Fiberglass Frame

    While you won’t have to paint them, they can be.  Fiberglass needles embed the plastic to make it stronger and stiffer.

    Just note that there aren’t many brands available.

    TYPES OF WINDOWS

    In addition to materials, window variables include the number of panes, how they are hinged, how they operate, and how much ventilation they offer.

    Here’s a brief look at the various window types.

    Casement Style Windows

    Providing an unobstructed view, casement windows are hinged on one side, like a door, and a crank lets you open them outward.

    When fully open, casements allow good ventilation, as well as easy cleaning.  They’re usually more airtight than double-hung because the sash locks against the frame to close.

    Note, however, that window air conditioners cannot be installed in casement windows.

    Double-Hung Windows

    A popular choice.  The lower inside sash slides up and an upper outside sash slides down, improving air circulation and making full screens ideal.

    Double-hung are easy to clean since you can tilt the sash.  They’re also a smart choice if you plan to install a window air conditioner, though most now have a fairly high trim on the sill that may require significant shimming to stabilize the air conditioner.

    OTHER TYPES OF WINDOWS 

    Single-Hung Windows

    They look like double-hung, but only the bottom sash moves.  (They usually cost less as a result.)  The top sash is sealed to keep out cold air and water.

    Hopper-Style Windows

    The opposite of awning windows, they’re hinged at the bottom and can open either inward or outward.

    Fixed Windows

    These are used where lighting but not ventilation is important.  They’re airtight and are available with decorative glass accents or in unusual shapes.

    Awning-Style Windows

    They’re hinged at the top and open outward.  Like casements, the sash presses against the frame so they close very tightly.

    Whether you’re replacing windows, expanding your home or building new from the ground up, Silver Line® products provide the reliability, low maintenance and affordability you’re looking for in a vinyl window or patio door.

    Not every home requires the same solution.  Not every homeowner has the same taste.  With a range of solutions, Builder Supply Outlet carries and recommends Silver Line® windows and patio doors.

    Whether youprefer traditional styling, a contemporary look, a lot of options or just the basics, there are two series of Silver Line® windows and patio doors to help meet your needs at an affordable price.

    V3 SERIES

    The Silver Line® V3 Series is our premium vinyl window & patio door portfolio with traditional styling, enhanced features and performance.

    • Wide profiles for a more traditional look
    • Variety of features, options and sizes
    • Available with glass options that are ENERGY STAR® certified for greater energy efficiency
    • Low-maintenance vinyl construction inside and out
    • Custom sizes available
    • Backed by industry-leading Limited Lifetime Warranty*

    V1 SERIES

    The Silver Line® V1 Series has a simple design and offers the most common sizes and options.

    • Slim profiles for a more contemporary look
    • Most popular features, options and sizes
    • Available with glass options that are ENERGY STAR® certified for greater energy efficiency
    • Low-maintenance vinyl construction inside and out
    • Custom sizes available
    • Backed by industry-leading Limited Lifetime Warranty*

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