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Window Woes

Window Woes By Laura Horwitz
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

Getting new windows installed or remodeling old ones can be a major investment. These tips and definitions of common terms can help you stave off those window woes and instead find a beautiful solution to your home improvement needs.

Types of Windows

First things first: what type of window do you want? Here are some common terms tossed around in the industry that describe certain styles:
  • Picture window: large fixed glass in the center usually flanked by smaller windows on either sides that can open.
  • Double hung: these windows slide up or down, opening from either the top or bottom.
  • Ranch or strip: horizontal, fixed glass, usually used high on the wall.
  • Awning: similar to ranch or strip but can be opened.
  • Casement: windows that open with the aid of a crank.
  • Bay window: also known as oriels; includes three or more windows set at angles to one another that protrude outward from the building.
  • Circlehead: a half-circle fixed glass pane used alone or above another window or door.

Window Values

You should also consider the window's R-value and U-value:
  • R-Value: indicates the ability of the window to prevent heat from passing through. It ranges from 2.40 to 4.50, and you want a high value.
  • U-value: measures how much heat actually escapes through the window, so you want this to be a low number. It ranges from 0.3 to 1.1. A high-efficiency rating would be around 0.4.

Next, your contractor can advise you on glazing. Some types help reduce outdoor noises or increase energy efficiency. The number of panes (traditionally single or double) will affect the U- and R-values.

Other options include 'Low E,' an extra coating that can be added to windows to protect from UV rays and filter out heat, or even impact-resistant glass.


About the Author
Laura Horwitz has worked as a freelance writer and researcher for five years in both London and the US. She had a monthly landscaping and tips column for the Sussex County magazine RH Review, and her articles have also appeared in Film Focus, 6 Degrees Film, and BizBash magazine.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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