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Storm Proofing

Here’s an eye-opening statistic: 43 percent of U.S. homeowners live in hurricane-prone coastal areas. In Florida alone, 800,000 homes are potentially at risk from hurricane damage. One more interesting statistic: 50 percent of damage claims filed after a hurricane result from catastrophic roof failure caused by heavy winds.

June 2008
Windows That Work Harder

Windows That Work Harder

Today’s windows do more than just let in the light, or provide homeowners with nice views into the backyard.

December 2007

Energy Star Windows

As energy costs continue to rise, homeowners are looking for ways to improve the efficiency of their homes. One good option is to install energy-efficient windows if you're building a new home, adding-on to an existing one or simply updating the look of your current home. They are all sorts of options available, but one of the best ways to start is to look for the Energy Star label.

November 2007

Wind Eyes

In the previous installment we considered the thermal envelope the collection of surfaces separating and protecting a building's conditioned interior spaces from the environment. In this installment we consider those special, hard-working components of the envelope windows.

Windows deserve a chapter of their own (in fact, two, including the next installment on their energy performance) because inexperienced homeowners too often make their selections on the basis of appearance alone. In doing so, they ignore many other important functions.

September 2007

A Guide to Replacement Windows

It's not hard to tell when you need to replace your old windows. Perhaps you feel drafts or see frost inside the windows during the winter, or water damage is clearly visible, or you're tired of scraping, painting and maintaining. Or maybe you just want a new look. Whatever the reason, you know it's time for a change.

New windows have a wide range of benefits. Replacing old, worn-out windows with new models increases the energy efficiency of your home and adds to its value, both in curb appeal and in resale value.

September 2007

Smart Windows

Forget miniblinds, verticals, curtains and shades. If you want privacy in your bathroom, you might want to consider getting SPD-Smart Windows. These windows have a small electric current passing through the glass. When the electricity is off, the window is dark; turn on the juice, and the window becomes clear. Several window manufacturers have licensed this technology, including SPD Systems, Razor's Edge Technologies, ThermoView, Cricursa and Traco.

January 2004

Windows That Work

Paying attention to details can save you energy, hassles and money. When it comes to buying windows, we can be awfully shallow. Whether for a new home or a remodeling project, we usually select our windows - casement, awning, double-hung or fixed glass - for their looks, not because they provide a tighter seal or the best natural ventilation. Convenience is important, too, as demonstrated by the fact that an entire industry has been built around the tilt-out window that allows us to clean the glass without climbing a ladder.

March 2002
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