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The Difference of Utah Picture Windows and Sliding Glass Doors

Windows provide a connection with the person inside the house with the outside world. However, there's more to this home piece than merely being another ornament. Windows are a cheap way of ensuring that air ventilation circulates in your home, so stagnant air gets replaced with a more relaxed and fresher breeze.

Today, there are many various window designs, and choosing the perfect one to place on your walls can be a difficult task. In this article, we'll discuss two of the most popular options: picture windows and sliding door windows. The pros and cons of each type will also be listed for your easy reference to help you make an informed buying decision.

Picture Windows   

Utah picture windows are massive and give you access to an unforgettable view of the outside of your home. When you install widespread picture windows, it becomes a focal point to which visitors can marvel due to its captivating size.

Picture windows are enormous windows with one glass pane specially designed without any obstruction in between or at the sides of the glass. These windows can't be opened and are strategically placed on areas where light doesn't shine.

Here are the pros and cons of Utah picture windows:

Pros

     They are visually appealing alone, but when paired with the majestic view of the outdoors, they step into another level of aesthetics.

     They are the perfect choice if you want to create the illusion of an integrated indoor and outdoor space that blends seamlessly.

     They let the right amount of sunlight warm the interiors of your living space.

     They offer increased levels of insulations because of their innate unopenable nature, which doesn't let air through as it lacks any gaps or seams.

     They are more affordable than casement or double-hung windows.

     They offer flexibility with the frame material. You can choose fiberglass, wooden, vinyl, or aluminum.

Cons

     They are not ventilation-friendly since they lack any gaps or seams to let air flow inside and outside.

     They are not as ideal as an emergency exit. You need to install another fixture to connect the emergency exit.

     They are not encouraged window options, especially in areas with high temperatures and hot environments since they can increase solar heat gain.

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding door windows have increased in popularity over the years. Sliding glass doors are conventional in Utah because they offer a wide variety of benefits. Read on to find out about the pros and cons of Utah sliding doors.

Pros

     They offer a cleaner look compared to traditional windows because the sliding mechanism is beneficial without the clunky external hinges.

     They provide air ventilation, which replaces stale air with fresh oxygenated air and offers positive health outcomes.

     They improve the aesthetics of your home when strategically placed around the house

     They allow added external screens to be installed when open to prevent any unwanted bugs or lost leaves from entering your interiors.

Cons

     They are a more expensive investment when compared to picture windows, especially high-end variants that offer better energy efficiency.

     They are not encouraged window options, especially if you live in an area with a high crime rate.

     They have structural designs that don't last in extreme weather conditions like frost, storms, and hail. They also don't perform well in extreme temperatures.

     They can require expensive cleaning and maintenance services as replacement parts are not readily available.

Conclusion

At this point, you now know several points to help you differentiate between Utah picture windows and sliding glass doors. If you are looking for window replacements in Salt Lake, Utah, reach out to us today to see how we can help!

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How to Select the Best Windows for Your Home in Utah

How to Select the Best Windows for Your Home in Utah - Our Guide - Salt Lake Window Company


An aspect of proper home maintenance is window replacement. Just like you replace and upgrade appliances over time, your windows also need replacing to improve the livability of your residence, boost the aesthetics of your home, improve noise insulation, get access to more natural light, and allow easier cleaning. But perhaps the most crucial factor in replacing windows is the drastic reduction in energy costs. Around 45 to 61 percent of your home's heating energy can be lost through subpar windows, and approximately 79 to 86 percent of heat can be gained. It all hinges on the window you end up choosing. Then again, selecting the best window suitable for your home is not easy. There is no one-size-fits-all approach because it's dependent on a number of factors, the most important of which is the climate.

How the Weather Affects Your Windows

The area where you live is what heavily affects your decision when choosing windows. If you reside in Utah, a region that experiences four seasons, the window should have features like insulated protection, excellent solar heat resistance, and spectrally selective coatings.

Across the state, the most popular window type is the horizontal sliding window, which comes in multiple variants: single or double sliders and single-hung. These styles are user-friendly and allow for less air infiltration compared to other types. For optimum performance, they can be paired with energy-efficient glass. It's best to avoid single-pane windows because they provide little solar resistance, which can result in higher energy bills.

To aid you in choosing the best windows for your home, here is a handy guide that you can serve as a reference, categorized by the climate in your area:

 

If you live in a warm climate:

The southern part of Utah can experience weather as warm as low 100s in the summer. Your priority, then, should be cooling your home and preventing heat from coming in. Choosing double-glazed windows with a lower SHGC is recommended since they deliver good insulation, especially in homes using frequent air-conditioning.

 

If you live in a cold climate:

Central Utah experiences cooler weather with a high of 83 degrees and a low of 48 degrees on average. If you reside in this area, you should opt for windows that are triple or double-glazed and feature high SHGC coefficient and low U-factor. These types of windows maximize winter solar heat gains and minimize heat loss. You can also consider windows with high visual transmittance and low air infiltration like casement windows.

 

If you live in a mixed climate:

If you reside in an area that experiences a mixed climate, it is advised that you stick to windows with a lower U-factor, about 0.40 or less. That way, less heat is transmitted, allowing you to reduce the cost of air conditioning and improve the overall comfort in your home. But you also have to consider the direction the windows face as it affects the optimal SHGC value.

 

In conclusion

The number one factor to consider when choosing the best windows to replace your current ones is the climate. If you're due for a window replacement in Utah, get in touch with us to see how we can help.

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Vinyl vs. Fiberglass Replacement Windows

Replacement windows are highly recommended as a home improvement project with a significant return on investment. Not only that, a windows upgrade adds to the comfort level of the home -- when the windows are energy-efficient -- and gives a boost to its appearance.

Once you've decided to tackle window replacement, you're faced with a variety of choices. Window frame material is one of the critical options before you and that is increasingly a choice between vinyl, or fiberglass or fiberglass composite.

Durability and Maintenance
Vinyl and Fiberglass Composite Windows have become more prevalent than wood windows in new construction and renovation in part because of the inert nature of each material. Vinyl and fiberglass don't decay and insects aren't attracted to either material. Wood is an organic material that eventually rots; it's also subject to insect infestation, with detrimental effects to the frame.

Maintenance demands for vinyl and fiberglass are on the low end of the spectrum, mostly requiring hosing off and scrubbing the frames with soap and warm water. Fiberglass frames require more maintenance than vinyl since they need to be repainted periodically.

Lifespan
According to a 2007 study, fiberglass is estimated to last 38 percent longer than vinyl -- a good quality vinyl window is rated for up to 30 years, while a fiberglass window is expected to last for about 50 years.

Fiberglass fibers in the frame expand and contract at the same rate as the glass. That reduces the chance for seal failure, which is the main cause of condensation and fogging of the insulated glass unit. Vinyl windows have welded corner seams, where seal failure is most common.

Fiberglass is stronger and more rigid than vinyl -- the frames don't warp or twist. Fiberglass is also about eight times stronger than vinyl, although that attribute isn't as important in windows as it is for other parts of the building, since they don't provide structural support.

Heat has an adverse effect on vinyl, which can soften to the point of melting in high temperatures, leading to distorted and warped frames that place additional stress on the seal.

AMSCO and Cascade Windows are fabricated using advanced vinyl technology that results in frames that are more stable and resistant to climate extremes. Both companies increase the integrity of the seal with warm edge spacer technology to reduce thermal transfer and condensation.

Energy-Efficient Windows
Both vinyl and fiberglass frames have insulating value, with transmission of thermal energy slowed by hollow cavities -- similar to a honeycomb -- incorporated into the design. Fiberglass is rated approximately 15 percent higher in energy efficiency than vinyl, partly because of reduced expansion and contraction, and because fiberglass and fiberglass composite frames don't transmit heat or cold.

The stability of fiberglass frames means the entire window system and weatherstripping remains airtight and resists moisture infiltration. Fiberglass also provides insulation from noise transmission to a higher degree than vinyl.

Finishes
Generally, more options for finishes are available with fiberglass windows, since the frames can be painted. Fiberglass frames can also be fabricated with a wood veneer on the interior side of the window.

The color for vinyl window is injected all the way through the frames and can't be altered. While that eliminates the need to repaint, the options for color in vinyl windows is generally limited to light colors, such as white, almond, and taupe.

AMSCO Windows has expanded the traditional neutral color palette with several rich hues, available in the Renaissance and Artisan Series lines. The company's patented vinyl formula produces exceptional color retention for all its vinyl windows.

Cost
Vinyl windows cost significantly less than fiberglass -- up to 50 percent less, according to Remodeling Calculator. That doesn't include the cost of dismantling the existing window, framing, interior trim, molding, and decorative fittings.
Other features increase to the cost for both types of frames, such as custom configurations, special glass coatings, and accessories.

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