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Window Types - Vinyl Windows | Wood Windows | Aluminum Windows

What are your choices and which one is right for you?

Knowing all the variables is always important. As an award winning, second generation window specialist, I've seen trends and window companies come and go. Five or six mid sized window manufacturers closed down in the past 4 years. Knowing why to buy a window or why not to is so very important in Dallas. Sometimes the latest greatest window from up North shows up, just to leave 18 months later if the window market isn't receptive.  I've seen that one a few times

In our home windows are our eyes to the world and our protection from heat and cold. Windows have improved 500% since the single paned days and about 200% in the last few years.

We have to understand features, performance, longevity. types of frames, costs of windows, warranties, labor variables...  wow there's a lot to get through so lets get to it!

We are close to perfecting the R-10 window in the future.  A window almost like a wall in it's airtightness, lack of conductivity with exterior elements and it's amazingly low solar heat gain coeffecient.  Windows today are like no others.  This is valuable and important to us in Dallas and the surrounding areas. It's blisteringly hot one day and freezing the next night. Sometimes we can't even sit by the window at all due to a draft or the heat.  I've seen some home windows that make huge parts of the home uninhabitable.  There is just no need for that in 2013 and beyond!.

 

This is a white bow window in a narrow profile replacement window.  This unit in North Dallas is among the highest quality replacement windows made here in Dallas.  It is produced locally in North Texas and Mansfield with Cardinal 366 Low E Glass and Argon Gas from Cardinal Glass in Waco.

Knowing what your needs are and making the best recommendation for your home is our specialty.  When it comes to residential window replacement, no one has more hands on experience than we do and we long to bring it to your home!


Click on the titles for in depth commentary on the many types you see here.

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Single Hung Vinyl Windows

Single Hung Vinyl Windows have narrower frames than do double hung vinyl windows.  These are low profile frames with just 2 1/4" of exposed frame as opposed to many frames that are up to 3 3/4" thick.

A great way to get a thermally sound insulated window at a great price. 

One of our least expensive models.......but 30 to 50% more energy efficient than the ones your house was built with.

These can be the least expensive of all replacement windows that are Window Connection approved for all applications.

They vary in cost drastically depending on manufacturer,glass package, frame thickness, reinforcement technology, and most importantly....quality control.

Some manufacturers offer a builders grade vinyl single hung, while others offer a product that is truely "top of the line" from the glass package to the available options, to the thicker more substantial 3 1/4" main frame.

As a rule, you need to hang around 100 units of a product to have a really good picture of their overall quality, design, and warranty issues. We have four different manufacturers and more than 10 different choices availble for the single hung vinyl. All are amazingly energy efficient.

Assistance with product selection is always absoulutely free from one of our veteran window and door specialists.

A great way to get a thermally sound insulated window at a great price. 

One of our least expensive models.......but 30 to 50% more energy efficient than the ones your house was built with.

These can be the least expensive of all replacement windows that are Window Connection approved for all applications.

They vary in cost drastically depending on manufacturer, glass package, frame thickness, reinforcement technology, and most importantly....quality control.

Some manufacturers offer a builders grade vinyl single hung, while others offer a product that is truely "top of the line" from the glass package to the available options, to the thicker more substantial 3 1/4" main frame.

As a rule, you need to hang around 100 units of a product to have a really good picture of their overall quality, design, and warranty issues. We have four different manufacturers and more than 10 different choices available for the single hung vinyl. All are amazingly energy efficient.

>Assistance with product selection is always absoulutely free from one of our veteran window and door specialists.

Single Hung Vinyl Replacement Windows often have tilting bottom sashes even though the top sash is stationary.

Double Hung Vinyl Windows

Double Hung Vinyl Windows are the most popular type sold currently.  They do have larger frames and less glass than their Single Hung Vinyl counterparts.

This is the replacement windows we sell the most of overall.  Very cost efficient.  Plenty of bang for the buck. The insulated glass in these units is literally twice as thick as the less expensive models out there.  The thickest retro-fit frames available as well as high performance glass and argon gas filling available. These are our most popular windows.

Little known facts about Double Hung Vinyl Replacement Windows:

Single Hung Vinyl Replacement Windows usually are more energy effecient by virtue of the top sash being glued in place.

Taller windows are usually "oriole" style with a taller top sash than the bottom sash making a half screen on the bottom not effective for the top sash. Also the top sash of a 72" window being 40" tall or so is somewhat cumbersome to tilt in for cleaning.

Tilting top and bottom sashes are a great feature of the double hung replacement window BUT, if you have interior shutters mounted on the home you will probably not be able to tilt the sashes for cleaning. Be sure to get a window that allows for screen removal without tilting sashes.

Did you know that the fatter the frame of the window, the higher the performance ratings? This is true and a variable not mentioned in most literature or online comparison information. Some vinyl windows have main frames as narrow as 2 1/4" while many frames are as thick as 3 3/4". This is a huge variable especially in North Texas where many windows are just 24" wide. Also a huge variable in sidelites of doors as well as bay and bow windows.

Did you know that a window will perform better as to performance on its sticker if you remove the steel or aluminum reinforcements that are designed to strengthen the lift rails? (We do not recommend this approach to achieving energy effeciency as the lift rails and locking rails are only 1 1/2 inches thick and get the majority of their rigidity over the long term from being glued to the glass coupled with the steel reinforcement..) After years of usage it is easy to tell which windows were reinforced and which windows were not.

Did you know that foam filling usually will increase the efficiency of a window less than .3% and can seldom affect the overall performance numbers of a given product according to the NFRC ratings of most window manufacturers available in North Texas and Dallas specifically.

The performance numbers of a given product as denoted on NFRC website and on manufacturers websites can vary based on key window options including: Size of the window; internal grids, external simulated divided lites, or no grids at all; Slider vs Vertical Operator; Single Hung vs Double Hung; Spacer upgrades; optional glass package upgrades; tempering of the window etc.

Single Hung Aluminum Windows

Thermally Broken Aluminum Window - Single Hung

Two types of Aluminum Windows:

Both aluminum window types no longer qualify for Energy Star Rating Approval. Important to know for your window research if you're heading towards aluminum windows for the dark brown colored windows to match the older ones.

That being said, here's what we know about aluminum windows:

Non-Thermally Broken Aluminum Windows
These are usually builders grade type products

Great for rental properties or the property that you're about to put on the market.  Our least expensive model is the non-thermally broken aluminum replacement window.  

These can run as little as $250 each.  They are not a recommended product if you live in a home that appraises over $100,000 or a home that you will live in for three or more years.

Know that at The Window Connection, we charge the same labor for installation of any products. Product cost is always the variable in a project. Helping you find the right product is always about our commitment to customer service and your end satisfaction.

Thermally Broken Aluminum Windows

A commercially rated C-35 windows with tilt in bottom sashes (the part of the window with the window frame that moves), high performance glass and a wonderful usability.These are great in several applications. They are great for unusally tall windows, windows that need a dark brown color on the exterior, and many homes that are valued over $300,000.

Well sell alot of this product in The Canyon Creek and Richardson areas of North Dallas.

Double Hung Aluminum Windows

Double Hung Aluminum Thermally Broken Windows

These are the cool ones for sure.  Custom Sized, Thick Glass, Double Tilting Sashes, Full Screens, Low-E Glass, Argon Gas, Thermally Broken Sash and Main Frames.A great product for strength and amazing longevity. The frames are a bit thick in appearance.

This product is usually thought of as my most commercial looking type product. I do confess it is the one in my office as it's a bit of a tank and I like that alot. The fat frame is a drawback for many homeowners.

This product requires a full screen and does not qualify for the tax credits as the U value can only get as low as a .35 and .30 is the maximum allowed for Energy Star Ratings in Windows.

This product does look very substantial and is easily a 50 year product. It is available in White, Beige and Dark Brown or Bronze colors. Note that Bronze in the window industry is not like door hardware or metal but rather like a commercial storefront that is very dark brown in color.

If you have brown windows now, these are the similar product.  Good to note here that there are vinyl options with brown exteriors.

Note that the thermally broken frame is to prevent the conduction of heat and cold through the metal frame. This is a lifetime warranty product as is the glass. Glass in this product is also warrantied for life.

This is my primary product in commercial windows in Dallas. Really big windows, lots of the brown windows will lean towards one of three window manufacturers I offer for this replacement window type.  One of the best things about offering more manufacturers is having more choices and more opportunities to find the right home windows. Your home windows deserve that!

Wood Windows

Wood Window with Simulated Divided Lites

Andersen's and Pella's have the name recognition, but there are some drawbacks and labor concerns. Have a look at the real inside story.  These higher end products can be costly for the retro-fit installation. They are beautiful and require the utmost in carpentry skills. No one is better with wood windows than The Window Connection.

Have a look at our window gallery and see for yourself some of the lovely homes windows have improved!

Link to Window Gallery Page

Bay Windows & Bow Windows

Vinyl Bay Window Dallas Texas

There are several approaches to most retrofit bow windows.  If you're replacing a window you already have or installing a new outlook on an existing window. these are a beautiful addition to any home. We pride ourselves on being among the best at this specialty. We custom fabricate window trims to any dimension as is necessary to make every detail and line perfect. See our Bows and Bays Portfolio for some wonderful pictures of what a new bow or bay can do for your home.

Here's our old window photo gallery of replacement windows from years past.

 

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Also because I'm a firm believer in up front information that's the best on the internet I have this important page on "The Cost of Windows" that may be of interest if you're doing preliminary research on the subject. This is a great subject and a great question.  I think I have the best approach to this anywhere but I'll let you do the research and let me know!

Cost of Windows

I looked around and found most information was several years old.  I saw the #2 listing on Google was ClearChoice USA, (the pioneers of the $185 Window you see advertised) have created this page to explain to customers why they end up being more than double that cost.  They put the cost of their $185 Window at $450 to $550 each installed.  Have a look at the article here.

http://clearchoice-usa.com/how_much_should_replacement_windows_cost_01/

 

For a good understanding of the AVERAGE RETAIL COST OF WINDOWS I recommend the Remodeling Magazine Cost Verses Value Report for 2013.  It has a section specific to the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex and it actually covers kitchens, decks, bathrooms, additions and other great home improvement projects as well.  Word to the wise, do the windows before you do the kitchen or the bathroom so we can have the best results!

Cost of Windows Report from Remodeling Magazine for Vinyl Windows

We're usually 30% less than average retail as listed and can be half the cost of many of the Dallas sources for windows.

Ultimately the right window for a home depends on the home itself, the time to be in the home, the budget and the customer. We're happy to come out and show you some options for your home window needs

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