As a homeowner, you’re always asking questions and learning new things. Whether it’s landscaping methods, the intricacies of an HVAC unit, or the different types of paint for your walls, the more you know about your home, the better decisions you can make. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of our most frequently asked window questions – so you can make an informed decision when (and if) you need to replace your windows.
What’s the difference between a bay window and a bow window? A bay window always has three windows – two smaller frames on either side of a large picture window. A bow window, on the other hand, can have more than three lites and they’re all the same size. A bow window is also rounded like the arc of a bow as it’s ready to let the arrow fly.
Why are my windows foggy? If you’re finding fog inside the window, it’s most likely due to seal failure. Inside a window, there’s glue that holds the glass to a metal spacer. When the glass expands and contracts, it becomes unglued because metal is very rigid and can’t move with the glass. This allows air in between the panes, which then causes fog.
How are Power’s windows different? Power addresses this common problem by using a vinyl spacer instead of a metal one. The vinyl expands and contracts with the glass, which keeps the seal in place.
Why are my windows so hard to open? Wood windows are difficult to operate because wood expands in the heat. When you attempt to open the window in the summer, it becomes stuck because the wood has swelled, making a smooth opening and closing hard. With vinyl windows, this same operational difficulty can occur. Vinyl windows have a spiral bound mechanism inside which can dry out, making it tough to move the window up and down. Power windows, however, use a constant force balance, which operates much like a tape measure, making operation smooth and hassle free.
How does air escape through a window? There are many places on a window where heat and air can escape: in between the top and bottom sash, through the frame, or through the glass.
Are Power’s windows energy efficient? We are committed to a full line of energy efficient products – that’s why our windows are built to keep heat and air inside. Here’s how:
• Interlocking Sashes: to prevent air from escaping through the sashes, our window sashes interlock, closing any gap that may exist.
• Foam Injected Frames: we also have polyurethane foam injected into the frame of the window, reducing heat transfer and energy loss.
• Heat Shield: between the panes we inject one layer of argon gas and two layers of silver, a system called Heat Shield. The silver reflects the heat back into the home in the winter, and away from the home in the summer. The argon gas fills the space between the panes, preventing air loss. All of these components were designed to save homeowners money throughout the year.
What are the benefits of a garden window? A garden window projects out from the home, brightening even the darkest rooms by welcoming in more natural light. The additional light not only makes the room more inviting, but also opens it up, making it appear bigger. We’ve found that a lot of homeowners use a garden window for knick-knacks or to grow an indoor garden filled with their own spices.
Have more questions? Schedule a free estimate to have one of our remodeling consultants address your specific needs.
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