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Safety and Security
On first floors, you may have security concerns. To keep your home secure, but still enable easy ventilation, you might consider combinations of picture and awning or casement windows. These windows are hard to pry open when locked. For a living room, consider combos of awning windows above or below a picture window.
Local building codes usually have egress requirements for bedrooms, specifying the size and height of an opening you need to allow in the event of a fire or other emergency. Often, casement or sliding horizontal windows can be a good choice for meeting these codes. Be sure to discuss egress with your contractor or dealer.
A basement window can be a particular challenge if you're also looking to ensure egress. Horizontal sliders are an excellent way to achieve ventilation and permit egress in window wells.
If you have walkways or paths near your windows, you may want to consider windows that don't open out (such as horizontal sliders, single hung and double hungs). That way, you won't block a pathway every time you want ventilation.
In a child's bedroom, opening only the top sash of a double hung window for ventilation can add an extra measure of safety.
Tempered glass is extremely strong. When it breaks, it shatters into little pebble-like pieces without sharp edges, reducing the likelihood of injury. Window and door manufacturers offer tempered glass for use in patio doors, sidelights and windows in children's rooms, and in many cases, there are required codes for the use of tempered glass in bathrooms. Talk with your dealer or contractor to find out what's applicable to your home.
Stained Glass Home Windows a Heavenly Choice
It’s no secret that the right window and door system can help reduce your energy bills. But with so many different options and combinations available for frames, glazing, and seals, it can get a little confusing. Thankfully, there is an easy way to make sense of it all – and it all comes down to climate zones…
The Zones In Kensett
According to the Window Energy Rating Scheme’s (WERS) website, Arkansas has three major climate zones much like Australlia. A heating climate is an alpine or cooler area such as Tasmania or southern areas of Victoria, where energy is used most for heating. Hot and tropical areas like many parts of Queensland are cooling climates, where the primary use of energy is to keep the home cool. A mixed climate is an environment where energy is used for both heating and cooling equally, throughout the year.
If you live in a heating climate, window and door systems should work to keep you warm by keeping the heat in. For this climate, WERs recommends products that maximize the solar heat gained during the day (achieve high SHGC ratings). Insulated Glass Units (IGUs) with clear glazing are a good option. However, thermally broken frames such as the ones found on Bradnam’s Signature Thermal Break range, are optimum for reducing energy consumption in a colder climate.
If you enjoy hot and tropical climates where you live, window and door systems perform best when they are designed to keep the heat out. Windows that limit solar heat gain (achieve low SHGC ratings) are suitable, and when combined with good insulation they work hard to keep the heat out of your home. Double glazed windows and doors with a Low-E glass on the outer pane are an option you can’t go past in these climates.
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Sliding Glass Door Benefits
Sometimes the key to opening up your living space is replacing an ordinary entry door with beautiful sliding glass. The sheer amount of natural light sliding glass doors offer — plus the visual illusion of more space — can truly transform a room.
Here are some important things to keep in mind as you’re making your decision:
Make a Statement
Don’t pass up the chance for a little drama! You might be thinking about simply replacing one door with another, but the truth is that you can go big with sliding glass, creating a wide bank of floor-to-ceiling windows and opening up a view you may not even have imagined. We offer combinations of two-, three-, and four-section glass panels that can create a pretty amazing effect.
Customize Your Look
Choosing from flat or raised grid patterns for the glass and different hardware finishes (e.g., brushed nickel or oil-rubbed bronze) allows you to create a more personalized look that complements your existing. And your options for window treatments are practically endless, from barely-there sheers suspended on thin rods to custom-made blinds to wall-mounted fabric panels that mimic traditional curtains but don’t actually cover the doors, preserving your beautiful new view.
Make Energy Efficiency Your Priority
There’s a flip side to letting in lots of natural light: big windows can present issues with heat gain in the summer and heat loss in the winter. That’s why you should never choose sliding glass doors that aren’t ENERGY STAR® certified. We make all of our sliding glass doors at our manufacturing facility in Liverpool, and we make them with the climate of New York state in mind — so they always meet or exceed ENERGY STAR standards and keep your space consistently comfortable.
We also offer the option of foam-insulated frames that reduce noise substantially and make the doors even cozier, and you can choose from low-E dual-paned or ultra-efficient triple-paned glass. And there’s another benefit to energy-efficient glass beyond your utility bill: glass designed to keep out the sun will also protect your furnishings from damaging UV rays.
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