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WHEN CHOOSING PICTURE WINDOWS!!

For Stunning Picture Windows…. Gulf Coast Windows and Doors delivers!!

The characteristics of a Picture Window. 

Have your ever heard of a “Picture Window”, chances are you’ve seen quite a few around the area.  This type of window is usually quite large and provides a clear view to the outside of your home.  Picture windows are placed in locations where they can frame a beautiful, picture-like view, hence their name.

Picture replacement windows are made in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and materials that can be customized to suit the style of your home’s interior and exterior design.  These windows are often combined with other window styles to add intrigue and sophistication to your home’s architectural style. For a truly eye-catching design, picture windows should be placed between other window styles to offer an expansive center view. The best part?

Some Benefits of Picture Windows

There are many benefits of picture windows, but one of the key benefits of choosing picture windows is their superior durability. Picture windows have no operable parts, which means they cannot be opened.  However, when combined with other window types, any room can still bring in plenty of fresh air and gentle breezes as they enhance any room.

Picture windows are considered incredibly energy efficient which can help you save on costly energy bills throughout the year.  Picture windows are completely sealed around the edges and offer additional home security as this makes them difficult to break into. You also won’t have to worry about winds entering your home.

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ALL ABOUT SLIDER WINDOWS

What Are Slider Windows?

A sliding window has two sashes with at least one that slides horizontally past the other. While one sliding sash and one fixed sash is the most common option, it is possible to purchase windows which allow both sashes to slide.

They require less parts which makes them an ideal choice when considering the durability of the window. They are light weight and allow opening and closing with minimal effort by releasing a latch.

Sliding windows can also be referred to as gliding or slider windows.

These type of windows are best to place in areas where an outward opening window (casement or awning) might get in the way such as decks, walkways, etc…

Choosing the perfect windows for your home can be a confusing decision, but with a variety of options and some guidance, window shopping can be a easy. For windows that are both easy to open and will last for years, we recommend slider windows.

Characteristics Of Slider Windows

As their name suggests, slider windows are made of two sashes with at least one sash that slides horizontally past the other to open. Usually, the most common choice is a window with one sliding sash and another fixed sash that does not slide, however, some homeowners prefer to install sliding windows with two movable sashes.

Because slider windows require less parts than many other types of windows, they tend to be more durable, while their light weight allows for easy opening and closing. Simply release the window latch and smoothly slide the sash to open your window and allow a beautiful breeze inside.

Use Of Slider Windows

Unlike casement and awning windows that open outward, sliding windows do not obstruct pathways or outdoor areas when open. This reason alone makes them the perfect choice for homeowners looking to install windows in locations where there is heavy foot traffic or next to an outdoor seating area, such as a patio, deck, or front walkway. They also make a great choice for above the kitchen sink where windows can sometimes be hard to reach.

The Advantages Of Slider Windows

As we mentioned before, sliding windows are an extremely durable option. If you’re opening and closing your windows regularly, these windows will stand up to all your normal wear and tear. Plus, since they’re energy efficient, they are a great option for homeowners that want to save money on their heating and cooling bills. They’ll keep the cold, bitter wind out during the winter months and also help keep your home cool on blistery summer days.

Even better? They’re easy to use and easy to maintain! Opening and closing requires just one swift motion, and because they slide horizontally, you’ll never have to worry about loose sashes sliding down and crushing your fingers.

When A Slider Window May Not Be The Best Option

There’s hardly really anything bad to say about slider windows. Their easy-to use and durable design makes them almost fool proof, however; they can be little tough to clean. While the inside of the window is easily accessible, the outside can be a challenge, especially when these windows are situated in hard to reach spots.

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Now that I Have My Free Estimate Scheduled, What Should I Ask?

After taking some time to think, you’ve made the decision to start shopping around for some new windows.  Companies typically have a requirement for “free” in-home consultations.  The process where you sit for a minimum of 1 hour with a representative and he or she will discuss some options. Then, you’re provided a quote based on several factors addressed by your consultant. In-home estimates can take some time, but think of it as your chance to ask all the questions you can about window prices, installation, benefits, etc. We understand that customers live busy lives and just want to know the “how much?” but there’s much more to think about when you’re replacing your windows.

Here’s some questions you should ask your design consultant during your estimate:

What windows are best for my rooms? The climate of where you live can play a role in the type of windows you need. Windows suitable for certain climates are important in keeping your home energy efficient. 

How do the windows operate? Different styles of windows can have varying locking and opening features. Some windows slide up or down, but others can tilt and turn out for easy cleaning. Your consultant will have samples available to try it out for yourself! This is also a great opportunity to address various concerns. 

How long will the installation take? Typically, the process from sale to installation can take about 6 weeks.  Here at Gulf Coast Windows and Doors, LLC, we custom make our windows to order, so they aren’t readily in stock just to deliver. Keep in mind that every window installation is different and can vary. We will keep you in the process every step of the way. 

What happens if I have any issues after my windows are installed? The last thing anyone wants is a damaged window. This is a great time to ask about the specifics of the warranties. Take time to ask thorough questions about what is covered before making a final decision. If we make an error during the shipment process, the replacement is on us. 

What windows are best for my rooms? The climate of where you live can play a role in the type of windows you need. Windows suitable for certain climates are important in keeping your home energy efficient. 

How do the windows operate? Different styles of windows can have varying locking and opening features. Some windows slide up or down, but others can tilt and turn out for easy cleaning. Your consultant may have samples available to try it out for yourself! This is also a great opportunity to address potential security locking features. 

How long will the installation take? Typically, the process from sale to installation can take about 6 weeks. We custom make our windows to order, so they aren’t readily in stock just to deliver. Keep in mind that every window installation is different and can vary. Your manufacturer should keep you in the loop every step of the way if something changes. 

What happens if I have any issues after my windows are installed? The last thing anyone wants is a damaged window.This is a great time to ask about the specifics of the warranties. Take time to ask thorough questions about what is covered before making a final decision. If we make an error during the shipment process, the replacement is on us. 

There are tons of things you can ask based on your needs, but never forget to ask the questions that will result to best option for your home. Happy window shopping! 

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FEW THOUGHTS BEFORE YOU PURCHASE WINDOWS

Contrary to what some ads say, saving money on your energy bills is not the reason to replace your windows. That’s because it could take decades to recoup the $8,000 to $24,000 you’ll spend on new windows and installation. Energy Star-qualified windows can lower your energy bills by 7 to 15 percent. That’s only about $28 to $112 per year for a 2,100-square-foot, single-story home with storm or double-pane windows, or $127 to $466 if that home has just single-pane windows. So why bother?

New windows can make your home quieter, more attractive, and less drafty, and they don’t need painting. They’re also easier to clean than old windows with combination storm and screens and can reduce your carbon footprint

Don’t overspend on options

Upgrades can easily add 50 percent or more to the base cost of a window. Focus on features that add value. Low-E coatings improve efficiency, but triple glazing probably isn’t necessary unless you live in an extremely cold climate. Double-hung window sashes that tilt in make cleaning easier, and full screens allow optimum airflow when the top window is lowered and bottom window raised. Finer meshed screens let more light through and do not obscure the view as much as standard screens.

Replacing windows involves many decisions. If you want new windows, Gulf Coast Windows and Doors will help you choose the best ones for your home.

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Are Sliding Glass Doors the Right Choice?

1)   Is a sliding glass door a good investment for my Florida Home?

The answer is yes, upgrading your home with a home improvement project will add equity to your home. So when you consider a sliding glass door, there is no different – According to the Market, allowing natural light and glass accent into your home is a great way to increase your home’s overall value.

2) My door space is unique. Do sliding glass doors come in custom sizes?

All doors are made to order.  There are many standard sizes and custom sizes.  Sliding glass doors do not have the restriction as a swing door.

3) I’d like to keep my utility bill cost down. Is a sliding glass door right way to go?

Here in Florida, most homeowners choose double pane glass as a sliding glass door option. Consisting of two thick panes of glass with argon gas in the middle, double pane sliding glass entry doors reflect roughly 90% of energy while admitting only 10%. This means that when your air conditioner is cooling your house all summer, 90% of that cool air will stay inside and only 10% will leak out.

The opposite is true during Florida winter months – Your heat will stay inside. There is also a low-E glass option. Low-E stands for “Low Emissivity” which means the glass transmits a low level of radiant heat thanks to a microscopically thin transparent coating on the glass. What does low-E glass mean for you? A low-E glass door option will increase your thermal

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French Doors for a Brighter Home

Is it time to say good-bye to the solid door blocking your view and introduce some more light into your life? Consider French doors as an option. These combination windows and doors create a sense of space as they flood rooms with sunlight.

And new glass technologies mean that security and insulation concerns of the past are in many cases outdated. Read on to find out whether French doors are right for you.

What are the benefits of French doors?

In addition to adding a certain feng shui, the advantages of French doors include:

  • Bringing natural light into an interior room or hall that doesn’t have windows.
  • Providing a visual between indoors and out, or between two rooms.
  • Expanding your warm-weather living space by opening out to a patio, balcony, or garden area.
  • Letting the sun light in without letting warmth escape as well as in the summer by not letting cool air out.
  • Expanding the sense of space in a room.
  • Filling wide openings–and creating a flow–between rooms. And conversely, enabling adjoining rooms to be closed off from each other as needed, such as for noise or heating reasons.
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