Awning Windows

An awning window is a type of casement window that is cranked shut and locked with a firm thermal seal. As a result, it is much more energy-efficient than most other types of windows.

Where to Use Awning Windows

Upper Floors – Awning windows that are placed higher in a house will provide maximum ventilation and keep air flowing without letting the rain in.

Bathrooms – Ventilation in bathrooms is important in preventing steam damage.

Living Rooms – Awning windows in living rooms are the exception to the high placement rule. Placing awning windows below a fixed bay window gives a home a more modern look from the outside and makes it easier to keep windows open during a light rain.

Children’s Rooms – Placing these types of windows in your child’s room makes both entrance and exit difficult, providing security.

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How to Measure Windows for Replacement

Spring is right around the corner so you may be thinking about replacing your old windows, so here’s some tips on how to measure windows so you can get a quote on the correct sized replacements the first time around.

Once you know how to measure windows, you’ll be able to call in an order in no time, but don’t worry Polar will also measure so we eliminate any sort of error.

Note: Window measurements are always given width first, then height.

Step 1. All measurements should be done from the exterior so open the window, head outside with paper and pencil and remove the screen. To make it easier draw a diagram.

Step 2. Measure the distance between the top of the structural window opening to the bottom.

Step 3. Take three separate measurements from jamb face to jamb face- at the top, middle, and bottom. When you are looking at the jamb face, you will see that there is a small vertical lip in the middle that acts as a guide for the window. You do not want to measure from that lip. You want to measure from the most flat, recessed portion of the jamb face. Record the smallest of these numbers as the width (w). Then take three measurements from the bottom of the head to the top point of the sill slope – at the left, middle, and right. Record the smallest of these numbers as the height (h).

Measuring your windows is that simple!

Thanks to https://www.flickr.com/photos/elipousson/ for the image.

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What You Need to Know About The ROI On Window Replacement

Does your home have outdated, energy-inefficient windows? Replacement may be a necessary investment with lots of benefits you haven’t considered. The most obvious benefit is improving the appearance of your home. There are many options available that can add personality and enhance your house’s character, such as unique shapes, picture windows, or those with beautiful detailing. From a functionality standpoint, features like textured surfaces and swing-open panes can offer extra privacy or make cleaning easier than ever. But have you ever thought about the return on your investment when it comes to windows replacement?

First, think about those electricity bills. New panes block out cold air and heat, keeping your home at a more regulated temperature. This means your heating and cooling system gets a break and electricity bills are lowered.

The other time financial return on your investment will come is when you sell your home some day. Most buyers worry about purchasing a property that needs updates, and they appreciate new windows for several reasons. First, the home appears well-kept, and they will have one less update to worry about should they buy the house. Secondly, they know that the electricity savings will be significant. If you have an older home with replaced windows, you’ll also have the peace of mind of knowing that any flaky lead-based paint that may have been present on old window sills has been removed.

Overall, the experts estimate the average return on investment is 70% for windows replacement. So when you’re looking for a money-saving renovation, consider this important process for your next home project.

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Windows and Shutters and Trim, Oh My!

The Chamara’s decided to upgrade the windows in their home so they turned to Polar Windows for some help. Richard and Sherry replaced 8 of their existing windows, but what makes their installation unique is that on all of their windows they installed our California shutters, and what a difference it made!

“We just love Polar windows, they’re fantastic quality. We appreciate the work, time and effort that they spent on our account. We got to know quite a few of the staff and members and they all helped out.”

Red Shutters on Windows - Polar Ray-O-Max Windows

Front View Red Shutters - Polar Ray-O-Max Windows

 

 

 

 

 

“We love the shutters, they look fantastic. Ryan, the installer, did a very good job considering these shutters were his first install. The quality of the windows is phenomenal.”

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Interior View of Window - Polar Ray-O-Max Windows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Window Above Kitchen Sink - Polar Ray-O-Max Windows

“Our windows have the “wow” factor, people are actually stopping on the sidewalk to look at them!”

Interior View Window in Breakfast Room - Polar Ray-O-Max Windows

Exterior View of Window - Polar Ray-O-Max Windows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Overall we’re very happy with and pleased with Polar Windows and the job that they did. I think you guys are going to be pretty busy with shutters!”

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