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A few tips for choosing the right window style

By admin on August 20, 2012 in Windows with 0 comments

If you’ve begun to do some research you will quickly see there are many styles of window to choose from. How do you know what’s best for each room in your home? Our best advice is to talk to an expert. We can quickly evaluate your space and identify any issues before they arise. Below are some handy tips when shopping for your replacement vinyl windows and be sure to learn more about what we offer on our window pages.

Styles of window and their common uses/installations

Awning – Provide ventilation even during rain, Provide ample light, Often installed above doors or other windows

Bay/Bow – Provide ample light, Offer a wider viewing angle, Add style to architecture, Make rooms appear more spacious, Ideal for use when creating a breakfast nook or in a master bedroom

Casement –  Provide ample light, Offer a large viewing area, Ideal for difficult-to-reach areas, such as over a sink or countertop

Single/Double-Hung –  Take up little space, Ideal for installing next to patios or porches, Frames can be used to complement home décor

Fixed/Picture – Used for a variety of purposes from picture windows to smaller decorative windows, Allow for a wide viewing area, Do not provide ventilation

Sliding – Offer a contemporary look, Ideal for installation near outdoor living areas

Simple tips on Energy Efficiency

Everyone wants to save money on their heating and cooling bills while at the same time helping the environment right? But amongst all the numbers and ratings what are the two most important factors when considering energy-efficient windows?  The two most important factors are U-value and solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC). U-value measures how well a window prevents heat from entering your home, and SHGC measures how much heat from sunlight passes through windows. The lower their values, the more effective the window is at resisting heat transfer.

• Double- and triple-pane windows are more energy efficient than single-pane windows and may reduce outside noise
• Low-E glass coatings reflect both infrared and ultraviolet light; this helps to reduce heat transfer and prevent furnishings from fading
• Argon and krypton gas-filled panes are better insulated than those filled with air

Looking for a great tool to help visualize how your windows will look? Try Gentek’s MyDesign Window Application!

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