Windows are an important element in the passive solar management of your home, providing heating, cooling, and lighting. The basic strategy is to maximize solar heat gain in winter, minimize it in summer, and decrease the annual cost of heating, cooling and electricity.
Although at first glance a window seems like a relatively simple concept, when breaking it down for the purposes of describing the individual components, a window can become a complex grouping of whatya-ma-call-its that make it impossible to convey to others.
When looking at the exterior of a window, there are more parts than you’d probably care to remember, and to make things more confusing, there are multiple terms that can be used to describe the same components. This diagram labels the most common terms.
The same technology that has evolved vinyl windows over the last 10 years, has also evolved vinyl sliding patio doors. There's so much more to offer in sliding door options to make maintenance easier, make doorways safer and more secure. And increase the aesthetics in your home. Here's a quick guide to what you should know when buying vinyl sliding doors.
It's not surprising that technology has caught up with something as simple as a window, after all energy-efficiency is a huge concern these days. But the technology has gone far beyond energy efficiency. Want to know more? Check out our "What's to know about buying windows" Info-graphic.
So you’ve finally decided to replace the windows in your home. Often existing windows types are placed in your home based on a generic architectural plan that may not provide you with optimal home functionality.