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CAN WINDOWS ACTUALLY SAVE YOU MONEY $$$

In a typical house, over 45% of the annual energy budget is consumed by heating and cooling. Choosing the best energy saving windows and doors can significantly affect how much money you spend or save every year on keeping your homes bright and comfortable.

When you are investing hundreds or thousands of dollars on new windows, you need to get the most for your money. A great way to find the right products for your home is too look for the ENERGY STAR® symbol. ENERGY STAR® labeled windows and are at least twice as efficient as the average window manufactured just ten years ago. These high performing products can help cut your heating and cooling costs, dramatically reduce UV damage, make your home more comfortable and help the environment too.

Advancements in glass coating, spacer systems and window technology have led to precision-engineered designs and a variety of glass systems that can achieve varying desired results. Now you can have energy efficient windows that meet your specific needs and preferences. If you live in an area that gets a lot of direct sun light or very hot or, consider one of our triple-glass systems for your windows. It will ensure that your home stays comfortable year round and your fuel bills decrease. If you’re concerned about security and you want greater peace of mind, you may want to consider laminated security glass that deters intrusion and reduces exterior noise while still offering

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You ask?? What Are Slider Window’s?

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. However; it is possible to purchase windows which allow both sashes to slide.

These type of windows are best to place in areas where an outward opening window (casement or awning) might get in the way.  An example would be a walk-way or a deck.  

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.

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

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

Characteristics of Slider Windows

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.

As their name suggests, slider windows are composed 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.

Use Of Slider Windows

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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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HOW TO CLEAN A DOUBLE HUNG WINDOWS

Congratulations you just got new double hung windows and they’re beautiful! So what do you do when they get dirty? If you’re confused about how to clean your new double hung windows, you’re not alone. One of the most common questions are after installation is how to clean your new windows. No Worries….. we’re here to help!

  • First completely unlock your windows by moving the latches on the bottom sash inwards.
  • Raise the bottom sash up six to eight inches.
  • Locate the tilt hatches on the window’s bottom sash and pull inwards, as though the hatches are meeting in the middle.
  • Slowly tilt the window forward towards the interior of the home. The window should be almost flat at a 90-degree angle; however, be sure not to tilt the window too far. Complete this step slowly to avoid damaging the window.
  • Slide the top sash down six to eight inches.
  • Locate the tilt hatches on the window’s top sash and pull inwards, as though the hatches are meeting in the middle.
  • Slowly tilt the window forward towards the interior of the home. The window should be almost flat at a 90-degree angle; however, be sure not to tilt the window too far. Complete this step slowly as not to cause damage.
  • Start with the top sash and clean the interior of the window first.
  • Slide the top sash back into the frame and clean the exterior of the window.
  • Clean the bottom sash, starting with the interior of the window.
  • Slide the bottom sash back into place and clean the exterior of the window.
  • Put the sash back in frame.
  • Put the sash back in the lift rail to close the window. Be sure not to close the window from the top, as your window could be damaged as a result.

Use standard window cleaners, such as Windex, to clean the glass panes on your windows. To clean the window’s frame, we recommend using magic erasers for vinyl windows and dust cloths and wood polish for your wooden windows. So if you’re looking to upgrade your existing windows to double hung windows from Gulf Coast Windows and Doors, just have our design consultants come to your home to discuss the best options for your needs. For more information about replacing your windows, schedule a free in-home consultation with an design consultant today.

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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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Why Vinyl Replacement Windows?

Vinyl Replacement windows are the best, and her is why. When it comes time to replace old defective windows, most homeowners look for new windows that aren’t only attractive, but also energy efficient. And that’s a very smart way to go. The top two reasons for installing vinyl replacement windows are to enhance the appeal of your home and to reduce cooling and heating cost.

It’s just as important that replacement windows be very well built, easy to clean, very low-maintenance, and reasonably priced. They must be readily available in a wide range of sizes and styles to complement your home and easily fit within the existing rough openings. And don’t even consider a replacement window if it doesn’t have a long history of reliable, weather-tight performance for all types of weather.

There are many kinds of replacement windows available, including those made from wood, aluminum and composite materials. However, an overwhelming number of homeowners and remodeling contractors choose vinyl replacement windows over all other types. And when you compare the features and benefits of vinyl, it’s easy to understand why.

Vinyl Replacement Windows: Simply Better

The first thing you need to know about vinyl replacement windows is that they’re not new-fangled or unproven. Vinyl windows have been available for nearly 50 years, and an astonishing 70 percent of all windows now manufactured in the U.S. are made of vinyl.

Vinyl replacement windows are often called all-vinyl windows to differentiate them from vinyl-clad windows, which are wood windows that have a thin layer of vinyl applied to the exterior surfaces. All-vinyl replacement windows have window frames and sash frames are made of extruded polyvinyl chloride (PVC).  The same durable plastic polymer used to manufacture countless building products, including plumbing pipes, electrical wire insulation, exterior house trim, siding, and doors. The resilient nature of PVC makes vinyl windows particularly effective in climates that experience a large temperature swing between the summer and winter months.

Set within each sash frame is an insulated glass panel comprised of two glass panes that are separated by an air space. Better-quality windows have thick vinyl extrusions with welded corners that create a super-strong, rigid frame. And the space between the glass panes is filled with argon gas or has a Low-E film that helps to block out solar heat in the summer. For even greater energy efficiency — and noise reduction — consider windows with triple glazing, which is three panes of glass with two insulating air spaces.

And when it comes to low-maintenance materials, few products can compete with vinyl. Unlike wood windows, vinyl never needs painting, scraping or sanding. It’s also impervious to rot, water damage, and wood-boring bugs and birds. Vinyl can be restored to like-new condition with an occasional scrubbing with warm, soapy water. And vinyl windows don’t transfer heat and cold through the frame and sash, as is common with aluminum windows.

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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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