What Are Passive House Windows?

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A passive house is a home design built for optimal energy reception, retention and generation. Passive styles follow strict energy standards and regulations and are considered the epitome of eco-friendly home design. They’re airtight, extremely insulated and generate heat by external passive solar gain. Of course, these passive houses are outfitted with passive structures, including doors and windows. Passive windows have their own unique designs and characteristics that set them apart from traditional windows. Discover more about the exclusive qualities of passive windows below. How Windows Fit into the Passive House Design In passive designs, windows must adhere to specific…

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Compelling Benefits of Tilt & Turn Windows

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Tilt and turn windows are European-style windows that have recently become more popular in North America. The beauty of the tilt and turn window is that it combines three styles in one: Fixed window: When the handle is in the downward position, the window is locked and becomes a fixed window. In-swing window: With a 90-degree turn of the handle, the window can swing inward. Hopper window: Placing the handle at 180 degrees allows the window to tilt open. With the basic mechanics of these unique windows in mind, let’s take a look at some of their most noteworthy benefits. Ventilation…

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Only Trust a Professional with Your Window Installation

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Window installation may seem straightforward, but it’s much more complex than it appears and not something to take on as a do-it-yourself (DIY) project. Installation requires specialized tools, refined skills, and incredible precision. Plus, window installation also comes with a certain number of risks. For these reasons and more, window installation should be left to the professionals. Specialized Equipment Even the most basic window installation job requires complex tools. The project demands special power tools and materials, many of which are too expensive or too commercialized for the average homeowner to purchase. Professional installers, on the other hand, always have…

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How Windows and Doors Affect Your Home’s Security

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When most people think of home security they don’t think of doors and windows. Because they’re access points, however, weak, unstable or unsecure doors and windows can make your home much less secure. Windows are especially vulnerable since they may be easy to unlock or are sometimes forgotten and left unlocked. Thin windowpanes or a simple locking mechanism can be easily broken, especially those at a low or basement level. Protect your home with high-quality European-style doors and windows. Here are a few reasons why they are the best: More security glass options There are more options with European glass…

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European Versus North American Windows

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Your home’s windows may be its most understated asset. They’re essential to curb appeal, safety, energy efficiency and overall design. In many ways, your windows are an investment. Choosing the right windows for your home, therefore, can be a little overwhelming, especially when it comes to choosing between European and North American designs. While homeowners in Canada are familiar with the common North American style windows, many aren’t aware of the European window’s style and functional advantages. Let’s take a closer look at the European window versus those commonly found in North America. Unfamiliar Aesthetics European windows add character and…

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