All about Loewen Windows & Doors
Specializing in windows and doors made from coastal Douglas fir and mahogany, Loewen offers a product that is visually competitive with high end manufacturers but somewhat more affordable. They also offer wood windows with metal cladding, in aluminum, copper, and bronze, and have a special knack for products that hold up to low temperatures and storms.
Founded in 1905 by C.T. Loewen in Manitoba, Canada, Loewen has grown past its humble origins hand-making church pews and beekeeping equipment to one of the larger window distributors in North America. However, the company still holds strong to its artisan roots—while at once striving to manufacture products that demonstrate a high degree of functionality. For instance, Loewen was the first commercial window distributor to create a triple pane system with full half-inch airspace, which pushed their business towards its current energy efficient focus.
In the 1980s they expanded their sales to include the US, and in the next decade, began manufacturing storm-rated glass and frames for hurricane prone climates for their neighbors to the south. Loewen has a reputation for adjusting to its time. As consumer concern for the environment and particularly, deforestation, came into focus, Loewen changed its raw materials to include sustainably harvested wood certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council, thus cementing its reputation as a green business.
In 2013, a group of private investors and family members purchased the company so they could continue their efforts to provide high-quality wooden windows at a fair price. There are now over 50 Loewen dealerships across the US alone, with many more in Canada, and even a location in Torreón, Mexico. However, all of their products are still crafted by wood artisans in their manufacturing facility in Steinbach, Manitoba and then shipped to dealers across the continent. Their goal is to bring the craftsmanship and entrepreneurial spirit of their company’s beginnings to the globalization and mass-production of the modern era.
Types of Windows Manufactured by Loewen Windows & Doors
Loewen manufacturers a wide range of window and door styles, with select hardware, finishings, and claddings as well. They also produce several specialty lines, designed with the windows’ storm resistance, environmental footprint, or visual impact in mind. Each of their standard windows can also be customized to suit your home’s specific measurements and needs. Below is a quick overview of their standard windows and doors.
Casement Windows from Loewen
Undeniably one of their most popular options, Loewen’s casement windows come in stately Douglas fir frames in a handful of different styles. Customers can choose from basic, mission-style, French push-out, quarter round, or Camber top options. Windows come standard with Low-E glass and ½-inch glazing, and are equipped with a flexible continuous weatherstripping to ensure an airtight seal. Locks and cranks fold back so they can be concealed, and to keep them from interfering with window treatments.
Awning Windows from Loewen
Made from quality fir and covered with extruded aluminum cladding, Loewen’s awning windows make a great choice to provide ventilation below a large wall of picture windows. Each window opens outward to improve air circulation during warm, rainy weather, and features an optional concealed sash lock that form a tight, efficient seal around the window. Windows can be purchased with Low E insulated glazing and are available in mission, pull-out and traditional styles.
Single- and Double-Hung Windows from Loewen
Traditional, stalwart, and dependable, Loewen’s single and double-hung windows come in colored aluminum cladding, and both primed and clear wood as well. The casing is designed to match a variety of different historical profiles, including Adams, Williamsburg, Flat and Brickmould. All of them feature square frame edges, hidden jamb liners, and sill noses to give your windows a classic look and a smoother operation.
Picture Windows from Loewen
Wide panels of picture windows from Loewen are the perfect way to appreciate the view from your home—while adding and distinguished and modern architectural feature to your home. Picture window sets can be ganged with awning windows to ventilate homes, and come in a huge range of sizes. Homeowners purchasing picture windows can choose between wood windows with colored aluminum cladding, primed or clear wood, and thermal and reinforced options, like Loewen’s Heat-Smart® Double, Heat-Smart® Triple, Tranquility® and StormForce™ glazings.
Bow, Bay and Corner Windows from Loewen
Three-sided bay windows, four-sided bow-windows, and double-sided corner windows add architectural space to a home, and may be positioned at angles of 34, 45 or 90 degrees. Loewen customers can choose from any of their cladding options, and are compatible with a wide range of window styles, including double-hung, picture, casement windows, and more.
Access Windows from Loewen
With the ability to choose from a swing-out opening or a push-out option, access windows from Loewen display this company’s extremely modernist sensibility. Many are large enough that they meet local egress requirements, as well. Access windows come as a double or single sash, which rotates a full 180 degrees outside the window for better ventilation, easier cleaning, and improved outdoor access.
Specialty Windows from Loewen
Speciality windows from Loewen can be fit to match a variety of architectural designs and styles. Their round, chord, gothic, rakehead, and peakhead windows can be combined with complementary transoms to make a real design statement. They also offer ellipse, oval, and full round windows, which can be set by themselves to add visual interest to a home’s exterior. Almost all of the specialty window shapes come with the option of adding a fitted grille to the window—however, customers are welcome to choose clear glazing as well. Both wood and metal clad casings are available, with a variety of different glazing options to help manage weather conditions. Specialty window sizes do vary depending on the type and design, so discuss with a dealer first if you want to purchase a specialty window from Loewen.
For a very distinguished, unique exterior look, Loewen offers casings clad in bronze and copper through its Cyprium Collection. Windows from these collections feature historically authentic details, such as recessed mullion and hand-fitted sill caps. Finishes come not only in natural colors, but also in aged patinas, like verdigris and umbra, that give the frames a very classic feel. The Cyprium collection is available in a wide variety of window shapes and sizes, and with hand-soldered joints, forms a waterproof seal that keeps out colder weather.
For homeowners frequently exposed to extreme weather events, like hurricanes, Loewen’s Stormforce series offers protection that meets the most stringent coastal building codes. These double-hung windows feature water-resistant coatings on the wood frames, reinforced aluminum meeting rails at the point where the sashes join, and laminated, impact resistant glazing. The glass features a layer of vinyl and polyester film, capable of withstanding a wind zone 4 high pressure impact. By conforming with the Miami-Dade County building code, these windows definitely make a fine choice for any home located in a high wind zone.
Energy Efficiency and Performance
Loewen has a reputation not only for energy efficient and weather-resistant products, but also for sustainably harvested wood, and innovative products in the field of passive energy conservation. The majority of Loewen’s standard windows are registered as wind-resistant with Florida State’s registry, and their double-hung models can be used to meet passive house requirements, a rigorous standard for energy efficient homes. Most of their products can also be combined with Loewen’s Heat-Smart® Double or Triple glazings, which have not only Low-E glass, but also argon insulation between the layers and inserted thermal spacer bars.
Loewen’s warranty information can be obtained from the dealer at the time of purchase. Unfortunately, this manufacturer does not offer details of their warranty and guarantees online. However, generally, most manufacturers guarantee the integrity of their frames, glazing, and pigments, as long as there are installed according to their listed guidelines. Check with your installer for more information.