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March 18, 2011

Examining Energy Efficient Windows: Advantages and Disadvantages Energy efficient windows are designed to keep cold air out and warm air in. These types of windows are multiple-glazed and they have low-E coatings. High quality edge spacers and...

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Window shutters are either operable or fixed. These optional window treatments give homes a touch of class by adding an attractive accessory to the inside or outside of the home. Window shutters are made of materials such as wood, vinyl, and aluminum. Operable shutters protect against bad weather conditions, flying debris, and intruders. Light control and added security are also benefits.

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Looking at the Different Types of Double Glazed Windows

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Energy Efficient Windows

Looking at the Different Types of Energy Efficient Windows

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Looking at the Different Types of Double Hung Windows

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Understanding Glazed and Tinted Windows

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Looking at the Different Types of Stained Glass Windows

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Looking at the Different Types of Garden Windows

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