Replacement double hung windows and new construction windows are available in different styles, sizes, and colors. The following guide will help you look for certain features that help differentiate between high and low quality windows.
Lets start with a run down of the basic parts on windows. These parts help enhance the security and safety features of windows that slide up and down and tilt in for easier cleaning. Click through the tabs above to read more.
Hardware & Safety Features on Double Hung Windows
Profile & Frame Lock - The frame profile helps guarantee the stability of the window making for an easy installation.
Lock - The locking mechanism on your window makes it easy to secure your home. Some windows feature an auto-lock with one single easy motion.
Grid - Choose from a variety of styles and designs of grids. Some window types allow grids to be installed within the glass panels making for easier cleaning.
Latches - Spring loaded latches help hold the window panes in place while you open and close the windows.
Counterweights - Spring and pulley counterweights are the winning combination to make it easy for you to open and close your windows easily every time.
Glass - Different glass coatings are available to provide the best heating and cooling efficiencies for hot sun and shading.
Best Places to Install Double Hung Windows
Double hung windows are best suited for traditional architectural styles. Double-hung have an upper and lower sash (top and bottom window panes) that slide vertically past each other when opening and closing. Both sashes tilt in for easy convenient cleaning, making it perfect for upper floors where cleaning is more difficult. Our double hung vinyl replacement window offers a traditional look and performance.
One of the common misconceptions is that you need to have all matching windows. That is not always the case. You can combine double-hung windows with picture and single hung windows, for example, when working with large exterior openings.
Glass Options in New Windows
We offer several glass options to suite your need. Living in Texas, we know that it gets hot. We will discuss the options so that we can tailor glass in your windows in order to give you the most cost effective window performance.
Examples of glass options from AWS:
- All Season Glass - LoĒ²-270 glass features a unique coating that has been specially formulated to reject the sun’s heat, damaging rays and keep your home cool and comfortable.
- Solar Control Glass - LoĒ²-240 is more than a solar control glass. Its advanced coating design also provides the lowest possible U-factor to deliver comfort and energy savings during cold winter weather.
- Ultimate Performance Glass - LoĒ³-366 provides the ultimate in fading protection. It blocks 95% of the sun's damaging ultraviolet rays - a leading cause of fading - so your furniture, carpets, curtains and wall coverings stay beautiful for years.
Choosing Your Window Hardware
We never recommend to re-use old window hardware on new windows. Marvin window hardware, for example, is very durable and comes in a variety of standard finishes. Whether your project requires standard window hardware or a more distinctive look to better complement your unique style, we have many options to choose from.
Make sure to view the different hardware finishes so that you have a better idea of what style and color you want before starting your project.
Marvin Window and Door Hardware Finish Choices
Best Choice Window Frames
When we do an on-site visit, we'll have a better understanding of how your walls are framed for your windows. This will help us to choose the right window frame for your home. This will also help us give you more accurate pricing.
To give you a better idea of what we are looking for take a look at the following different window frame examples:
Block Frame - A block framed window can be used in new or existing window frame. Typically the installation is into a concrete wall or existing wood window replacement frame. A sloped sill adapter is used whenever possible to ensure a clean, tight fit between the old window and new block frame window.
Nail-On Frame - This type of frame is used for new construction windows when building a new home or adding a new room. The windows are installed before the exterior wall surface is finished.
Flush Fin Frame - Also called as Z-Bar frames, this type of window frame is designed to replace old aluminum frame windows and stop damage to stucco and dry wall interiors. A vinyl fin surrounds the frame and is flush with the existing window frame. This is the most common type of frame for replacement windows.