Window Ideas and Information for Homeowners

marvin picture windows Ask an Expert: What to Expect When You Buy Windows from a High-end Dealer
In the windows replacement field, there are prefabricated windows built for direct replacements, and then there are custom dealers who can design almost any kind of window you’d like. To learn more about the latter, we sat down with a Marvin windows dealer in Austin, Texas, to talk energy efficiency, window trends, and of course, custom remodels. How can homeowners tell that Continue Reading
sliding glass walls Unique Window Trends of 2017 That Are Perfect for Warm Weather
  Earlier this year, we wrote about our own predictions for the top window trends of 2017. Some were right, (including green design trends and energy-efficient windows, since they never go out of style) but we couldn’t have predicted some of the ways in which residential windows have made waves and altered the architectural look and feel of homes as Continue Reading
a small stained glass window with green and purple sections How to Choose a Stained Glass Window that Perfectly Accents Your Home
A medieval castle. An ornate British monastery. A quaint country chapel. Stained glass stirs up evocative visions of traditional, decorative spaces from the past. But the word on the street is that stained glass is about to make a major comeback—and not just for churches. With a wide variety of modern glass pieces available, you can even use stained glass Continue Reading
mackinac research Polymer Window Panes Could Be the Newest Way to Upgrade Your Windows
A small window firm in Mackinac Island, Michigan, is aiming to revolutionize windows in homes all across America. Construction professionals have long known that windows were a weak point in a building’s outer envelope. While a tightly constructed, insulated wall can achieve R-values over 50, even the most efficient modern windows top out at around 4-R. According to the Department Continue Reading
Modern Living Room Design a Glass Curtain Wall That’s Beautiful and Energy Efficient
People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones—but they shouldn’t have to suffer through high energy expenses either! Rising interest in large glass installations is changing the way architects, builders, and homeowners think about walls and windows. The trend right now in homebuilding is toward more glass: large picture windows, sliding or folding glass doors, and curtain walls are Continue Reading
Open plan home with glass doors How Much Does It Cost to Convert a Window to a French Glass Door?
Glass half full? More like half full of glass! Modern homes are trending toward open, airy rooms and living areas, so the more glass surfaces and window square footage you can fit into a space, the better! For many homeowners that means extending existing window openings for larger ones: converting two side-by-side single hung windows into one large picture window, Continue Reading
mold-on-windowsill When Does a Window Need to Be Flashed?
Wood rot, mold, structural damage, and insect infestations—there’s nothing pretty about water seeping into the cracks and seams of your home. Unfortunately, a poorly installed window that lacks proper flashing can be a gateway to these unpleasant phenomena. Flashing is an essential component of proper window installation. It catches rain that is blown at an angle onto your home. Siding Continue Reading
Sheets of Tempered Window Glass Argon, Krypton, and Xenon—What’s the Best Gas-Insulated Window?
You thought krypton was Superman’s home planet, right? We did, too—until we realized it’s also an inert noble gas that can be used to insulate the glass panels in double and triple pane windows. Window makers regularly use argon, krypton, and xenon to turn ordinary glazing into draft-defying superglass. It may not be as cool as reversing the orbit of Continue Reading
long line of wood windows What Is the AAMA Gold Label for Windows and Why Does It Matter?
If you know anything about windows, you know that not all products are created equal. Just because a window fits your home’s style doesn’t mean that it necessarily carries the best reputation for durability and energy performance. The AAMA Gold Label is sort of like a shortcut to identify high-performing, quality products. In order to be assigned this certification, a Continue Reading
green mobile home Replacing Windows in a Mobile Home: How Does It Work and How Much Does It Cost?
If you’re the owner of a mobile home, chances are, you’re already a pretty smart cookie. Modern manufactured homes have come a long way since the old-fashioned double-wide, and they now offer many of the same luxuries as traditional buildings—for a greatly reduced price. Still, replacing parts like windows in a mobile home is an entirely different animal from installations Continue Reading

Replace Your Windows or Install New Windows

Few home remodeling projects can pack as big of a punch as new windows. Aesthetically, a home is transformed by sleek, clear windows. And then there are the other benefits: energy savings thanks to a Low-e coating and tight seals, noise reduction, less cleaning and maintenance, and just an overall better, clearer view. While the upfront costs can be high, homeowners will get that initial investment back eventually through savings on energy bills. Get inspired with our window design ideas.

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