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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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Examining Fiberglass Window Shutters: Advantages and Disadvantages

Fiberglass window shutters aren’t as common as wood, but they are slowly becoming more popular due to durability and longevity.

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Examining Aluminum Window Shutters: Advantages and Disadvantages

Window shutters have two main uses. They’re an alternative to other window treatments and they protect the home from the elements. Although wood is the most common material for shutters, aluminum is also used — especially for exterior windows.

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Discussing the Differences Between Low and High Quality Wood Window Shutters

High-end manufacturers have two things in common: reputation and warranty. You can trust that a high-end manufacturer is skilled at constructing high quality products. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford to shop at Andersen or Pella. So before buying wood window shutters from a low-budget manufacturer, there are several things to consider including design, thickness, and construction.

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Discussing the Differences Between Low and High Quality Fiberglass Window Shutters

Reputation and a solid warranty are two things high-end manufacturers have in common. They’re skilled at designing high quality products so they stand behind them with long-term warranties. If you can’t afford high-end manufacturers like Pella or Marvin, you’re not alone! The bad news is, when you choose low quality products, they can end up costing more in repair and replacement costs. So before buying from a lesser-known source, consider construction, design, and thickness.

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Discussing the Differences Between Low and High Quality Aluminum Window Shutters

Aluminum is a durable material commonly used for windows and shutters. It insulates, protects, and blocks sunlight, and it’s rust-resistant. It’s easy to tell the difference between a low quality and high quality aluminum window shutter. All you have to do is look at construction, thickness, and design.

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Examining Window Shutters: Advantages and Disadvantages

Window shutters are a type of window treatment that adds charm to window settings. They can be installed on the inside for easy access or on the outside for protection from storms.

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Types of Lattice Windows

April 13, 2011

Looking at the Different Types of Lattice Windows

Lattice windows are a unique type of window with glazed bars running diagonally throughout the casement. The windows can be fixed or hinged. Modern designs are made of grids than can be removed from the window frame, while older ones were made with individual pieces of glass for each panel. Modern designs also include double or triple-paned glass for energy efficiency. Elaborate but older lattice window designs are common on churches, museums, and historic homes.

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Examining Window Screens: Advantages and Disadvantages

Window screens can be made of aluminum, fiberglass, metal wire, nylon, or polyester. Less common materials include galvanized steel, brass, copper, and stainless steel. Some screens are stretched in a wood or metal frame, while others roll into a pocket when not in use.

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Examining Slider Windows: Advantages and Disadvantages

Slider windows open by sliding horizontally along the window frame. They are similar to double-hung windows, but open side to side instead of up and down. These windows are often used to frame a view or brighten a room, but they have a number of advantages beyond aesthetics.

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Discussing the Differences Between Low and High Quality Window Screens

Window screens help block heat and sun, and keep insects and animals from entering the home. A high quality window screen performs these basic functions, in addition to having superior strength and durability. A low quality window screen may perform some basic functions, but rarely is it durable and strong enough to stand the test of time. Fortunately, you can avoid low quality window screens by examining material, color, and design.

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