All-Season Comfort: How It's Possible with LoĒ³-340 Glass

All-Season Comfort: How It’s Possible with LoĒ³-340 Glass

If you’ve lived in Arizona for some time, you know that our summers are hot and dry. Yet, come winter, the temperatures can drop low enough to turn on the heat. Ah, don’t you just love the desert climate?

Needless to say, it’s important to prioritize comfort all year round. Not only will it make your home more pleasant, but it can reduce energy costs too.

Start by focusing on the windows in your home. By replacing the traditional clear glass with an energy-efficient alternative, you can achieve optimal temperature control throughout the entire year.

Fortunately, LoĒ³-340 glass can do just that. Let’s look at LoĒ³-340 can provide all-season comfort in your Arizona home.

First, What is Low-Emissivity Glass?

Low-E glass is a type of glass that’s coated with two or more layers of precious metals. This includes materials such as zinc, titanium, and silver.

While Low-E coatings are very thin, they’re extremely impressive. The metallic layers reduce solar heat gain by deflecting the sun’s harmful rays. At the same time, it doesn’t hinder visible sunlight, allowing you to enjoy temperature control and sunshine.

Maintain Year-Round Comfort with LoĒ³-340

When it comes to low-emissivity glass, LoĒ³-340 is the best of the best.

It’s a smart alternative to tinted windows, which are also meant to control heat. But unlike LoĒ³-340, tinted glass absorbs (rather than blocking) the sun’s rays. It has a higher risk of cracking due to thermal heat damage.

Specifically, the all-season thermal comfort of LoĒ³-340 is due to:

  • Blocking solar heat gain. In hot weather, LoĒ³-340 glass blocks about 98% of harsh UV radiation. The glass stays cool, while your family and furniture are protected from harmful rays.
  • Decreasing heat loss. Similarly, LoĒ³-340 glass minimizes heat loss during the colder months. It has a very low U-factor of 0.25, which indicates superior resistance to heat flow. This enhances insulation in cold weather.

The result? A comfortable, cozy indoor environment throughout the entire year.

Contact XO Windows to Learn More About LoĒ³-340

Since 2008, XO Windows has served Phoenix and the surrounding areas. Our professional installers are ready to accommodate all your window needs, whether you’d like to install sunscreens or LoĒ³-340 glass for all-season comfort.

To contact XO Windows, fill out our online form or call (602) 396-4825 

What Is Low-Emissivity Glass?

What Is Low-Emissivity Glass

Here in Arizona, heat control is essential during the scorching summer months. Not only does it make for a comfortable home, but it improves energy efficiency too.

Yet, this doesn’t mean you need to buy a sparkly new cooling unit or pair of blackout curtains. With low-emissivity (Low-E) glass, you can enhance the solar control of your home.

Read on to learn about low-emissivity glass, what it does, and why it’s one of the best investments you can make as an Arizona homeowner.

What is Low-Emissivity Glass?

Low-E glass is a solar control glass. Specifically, soft-coat Low-E glass is used in warmer climates. (Hard-coat Low-E is best for cooler climates, so we’ll spare you the details.)

Soft-coat Low-E glass is made by covering raw glass with layers of metals. This process, called Magnetron Sputtering Vapor Deposition, involves materials like silver, titanium, and zinc.

Because of the metallic layer, Low-E glass blocks the sun’s harsh rays. It minimizes solar heat gain, making it easier to maintain the temperature inside your home.

Low-Emissivity Glass vs. Tinted Windows

Like Low-E glass, tinted windows are used to increase solar control. You can tint windows by applying a tinted film, which provide a barrier to sunlight. Alternatively, you can install windows with tinted glass, which functions by absorbing sunlight.

While homeowners like the privacy of tinted windows, there are major drawbacks. Tinted glass can get very hot, which increases the risk of thermal breakage. It also doesn’t allow enough natural sunlight into your home.

But since Low-E glass works by reflecting — instead of absorbing — energy, you can enjoy a comfortable indoor temperature without the potential risks.

As for traditional clear glass? It radiates about 84% of the sun’s energy back into the home, which is exactly where you don’t want it. Meanwhile, Low-E glass reduces this percentage to just 18% and reflects the remaining 82% back outside.

XO Windows Is Proud to Offer LoĒ³-340 by Cardinal

There are several types of Low-E glass. However, we’re particularly excited to offer LoĒ³-340 glass by Cardinal, the best low-emissivity glass for the blazing Arizona summers.

Here’s why LoĒ³-340 is so impressive:

  • UV Rays. LoĒ³-340 blocks approximately 98% of harmful UV radiation, which is responsible for fading carpets. It’s also linked to health issues such as skin damage and glaucoma.

  • Visible light. The glass has great glare control because it reflects 60% of visible light.

  • Invisible solar infrared rays. Infrared rays make us warm and uncomfortable, but LoĒ³-340 blocks almost all these rays.

Other excellent features of LoĒ³-340 include:

  • Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) of 0.18. The lower the SHGC, the less solar heat is allowed through the window. For reference, the SHGC of normal glass is 0.84.

  • Light-to-Solar Gain (LSG) ratio of 2.17. A high LSG indicates that the glass is properly letting in visible daylight while blocking unwanted rays. This is known as “spectrally selective” glass.

  • U-Factor of 0.25. A low U-factor means better resistance to heat flow, which promotes enhanced insulation in both cold and warm weather.

Beat the Heat with XO Windows

To install low-E windows in your Arizona home, reach out to XO Windows. We’re happy to further explain what low-emissivity glass is and how it can help save you money in the long run.

Contact us at 602-396-4825 or complete our online form for a free estimate today.

What Are the Best Windows for Desert Climates?

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Living in the Grand Canyon State definitely has its perks. Spectacular views, fewer bugs, and a year-round outdoor playground are just a few that come to mind.

But Arizona residents also understand that owning a home here presents certain challenges that folks in other parts of the country may not have to think about—like how to pick a window that can withstand the blazing sunlight, high temperatures, and low humidity our little corner of the Southwest is famous for.

Whether you’re building a new home or thinking about replacing your existing windows, here are a few things to consider before you buy.

Aluminum or vinyl? Both have their pros and cons.

Aluminum windows are lightweight, durable, and strong—making them a great choice for those wide picture windows that make desert homes so beautiful. However, because aluminum is not always the best at preventing heat from coming and going, low-emissivity glass is often recommended to increase their energy efficiency. (Low-e glass is glass that has been specially coated to reflect solar heat while still letting in plenty of daylight.)

In contrast, vinyl windows are highly energy efficient and typically less expensive than aluminum, plus they come in a wide variety of colors and design choices to complement your home’s décor. And, because vinyl does not rust, scratch, or dent, it requires very little maintenance.

You can learn more about aluminum vs. vinyl windows here.

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Single-pane or double-pane windows?

In this case, less is not more.

Double- and even triple-pane windows are highly recommended for maximum solar heat resistance in Arizona homes. Basically, each layer of glass is separated by a vacuum that acts as a buffer to capture high heat (and cooler winter air) before they can leak into your home. This will help lower your heating and cooling costs throughout the year.

As an added bonus, double- and triple-pane windows are great at minimizing noise pollution, and installing them typically adds to the overall value of your home.

Don’t forget about the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC).

Did you know Phoenix is one of two major cities in the United States with the most year-round sun? Over 3,800 hours of sun, in fact.

Because all that solar heat can turn your home into a sauna if you don’t have the right windows, it’s important to know exactly how much heat is passing through the glass—which is what the SHGC will tell you. The lower the number, the less heat that’s allowed in, so do yourself a favor and look for windows with an SHGC number of 0.3 percent or below.

Still not sure which windows to choose? Talk to XO Windows.

For more than a decade, XO Windows has been helping Arizona residents select the perfect windows for their homes. Whatever your style, budget, or design preference, we offer the most comprehensive selection of windows and doors in the southwestern United States.

Call us today at 602.396.4825 or click here for a free estimate.

 

Sunscreens and LoĒ³-340 Glass: Two Smarter Alternatives to Window Tinting

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Arizona homeowners are no stranger to heat and sunlight—especially in summer.

Outside your home, taking precautions like applying sunscreen and wearing protective layers can help shield you from high temperatures and harmful UV rays, but what about indoors?

Aside from keeping the blinds closed between sunup and sundown, many residents think window tinting is the only option to reduce their exposure to solar light and heat during the long summer months. However, we can think of at least two better options off the top of our head.

Consider installing sunscreens to stay cool and protected.

If you’re looking for a way to keep your home cooler in the summer and even increase your privacy a little, consider installing sunscreens instead of tinting your windows.

 

Sunscreens (also called solar screens) are made from strong, polyester-coated woven vinyl mesh and fitted to the exterior of each window frame. Because they can block up to 90% of the sun’s rays, your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard to keep your house cool in the summer and your monthly energy bill will be lower. Sunscreens also cut down on glare and protect your furniture and carpets from fading.

 

Lightweight, inexpensive, and easy to install, sunscreens still offer plenty of visibility so you can enjoy the view from your Arizona home. XO Windows can provide and install a high-quality Suntex Solar Screen 80 or 90 sunscreen on each of your windows in an array of different colors to match your individual taste.

We use Suntex sunscreens because they’re incredibly durable, fade and mildew resistant, and easy to install.

 

LoĒ³-340 windows also provide more benefits than window tinting.

Compared with tinted glass, LoĒ³-340 solar and glare control glass is far more effective at blocking both light and heat from the sun. (LoĒ refers to low emissivity glass, which is specially coated to reflect solar heat while still letting in plenty of daylight.)

The biggest and most important difference between the two is that while tinted glass works by absorbing sunlight (making it hot and vulnerable to cracking), LoĒ³-340 glass works by deflecting sunlight.

When installed in your home, LoĒ³-340 windows block approximately 98% of harmful UV radiation from the sun while keeping glass temperatures cool and the indoor atmosphere comfortable and glare free. Not only is LoĒ³-340 safer for your family, but it also protects your furniture, carpet, rugs, and window treatments from fading.

And, LoĒ³-340 windows are not just beneficial in the summer.

During the winter, LoĒ³-340 solar and glare control glass reduces heat loss and maintains warmer glass temperatures. Its advanced design provides a very low U-Factor of 0.25. This results in more comfort and energy savings in cold weather.

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Still thinking about tinting? Here are a few things to consider.

Window tinting can be achieved in one of two ways. You can either purchase pre-tinted glass windows prior to installation or replacement, or you can apply a tinted film to the exterior of your existing windows. While they both provide some protection, neither is the most efficient way to keep your Arizona home cool and comfortable in the summer. Here’s why:

Aside from obstructing your view of the outdoors, which is probably one of the biggest reasons you live here, tinted glass is better at blocking light than heat—which can make the interior of your home very uncomfortable, especially in the summer. And, since they absorb sunlight instead of reflecting it, tinted windows are more vulnerable to cracking caused by thermal stress. Finally, the thicker the glass, the more likely it is that the tint will change over time, resulting in uneven shading.

If applying it yourself, tinted film can be a challenge, especially if your windows have special locks or latches. Specialty shape windows can also present a problem because it can be difficult to cut the film to size. Likewise, poor application can create unsightly bubbles and wrinkles on your windows, and some window manufacturers may void your warranty if you apply tinted film.

For better protection from the sun and year-round indoor comfort, talk to XO Windows today about Suntex sunscreens and LoĒ³-340 windows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Do Storm Windows Do?

What Do Storm Windows Do?

 

A comfortable home isn’t complete without energy efficient windows. Think about it: The hotter it is during the summer, the more you’ll need to turn on your air conditioner. But if your windows are poorly insulated, heat will pass into your house, leaving you with a warm home and jaw-dropping energy bill.

The same goes for the winter months, even in the Arizona desert. Poorly insulated windows will simply let heat flow out.

However, this doesn’t necessarily mean you need to replace your windows. You may benefit from storm windows, which are mounted in addition to your regular windows. Here’s what you need to know about storm windows and what they do.

What is a storm window?

A storm window is a window that’s installed on inside or outside of a normal window. It’s designed to conserve energy, thus reducing your energy bills. In fact, installing storm windows is one of the best ways to create an energy efficient home.

How do storm windows work?

The mechanism of a storm window is simple. It creates an additional space of air, which controls the flow of heating and cooling. This improves overall thermal performance and insulation.

It’s also essential if you live in Arizona. During the blazing hot summers, storm windows keep heat out so you don’t have to crank up the air conditioner. Likewise, you won’t have to blast the heat on chilly winter nights in order to stay cozy.

Storm windows live up to their name, too. They offer an extra layer of protection from the elements, which is a must during Arizona’s monsoon season.

Types of Storm Windows

There are several types of storm windows to choose from. These include:

  • Interior windows. These windows are mounted along the inside of normal windows. They form a tight seal with the existing glass, which provides excellent insulation. Plus, since interior windows don’t obstruct the exterior look of a building, they’re ideal for apartments and historic homes. The drawback, however, is that they can hinder your view of the outdoors.

  • Exterior windows. Since exterior windows are installed on the outside, they need to be strong and durable. Even then, they require drainage holes to let moisture flow out. This means some energy will inevitably escape, rendering them less efficient than interior versions. Additionally, some homeowners don’t like how exterior windows look on the outside.

  • Temporary storm windows. Another option is plastic insulation film. This consists of a disposable, inexpensive sheet of plastic that adheres to normal windows with double-sided tape. The film can be cut to size and made air-tight with a hair dryer. But if you prefer more eco-friendly options, temporary storm windows may not be suitable.

Like regular windows, interior and exterior windows can be made with different materials. The frames are usually made of vinyl or metal, though older versions may be made with wood.

The window itself can be glass or firm plastic. The latter is lightweight but more prone to scratching.

How do you install storm windows?

Storm window installation depends on the type. Generally, vinyl and metal frames can be snapped or hung in place with special hardware. Some metal versions may be installed with strong magnets.

For optimal results, work with a professional window installer like XO Windows.

XO Windows will help you weather the storm.

Now that you know what storm windows do and how they work, you may be wondering if they’re right for you.

The best way to know is to contact XO Windows. Our skilled team of Arizona window installers can help you determine if storm windows will suit your needs. We’ll also consider other factors like your budget, style, and preferred level of maintenance.

Together, we enhance the efficiency and comfort of your home. You can request a free estimate or call us at 602-396-4825.

Should I Replace All My Windows at One Time?

Should I Replace All My Windows at One Time?

Whether you’re renovating your home or moving into an old house, window replacements are probably on your agenda. The right windows, after all, are essential for a comfortable home life.

But like any household project, window replacements requires proper planning. This includes deciding whether you should replace one, some, or all your windows at one time.

Do I need to replace my windows?

First, it’s important to determine if window replacements are necessary.

In some cases, it’s easy to tell if you need replacement windows. Broken glass, for example, is a tell-tale sign that it’s time to call a professional window installer. Not only is broken glass unsightly, but it compromises the safety of your home.

Another obvious sign is leakage. If a window isn’t properly insulated, cool air will leak out. You’ll likely notice something is up when your home doesn’t efficiently cool down (and your energy bill makes you cringe).

And then there’s the case of a window that doesn’t open or close. This issue, which is just as unsafe as broken glass, should be handled ASAP.

But some signs are less obvious. These might include:

  • Condensation. If there’s moisture in between your double- or triple-pane window, it means the window can’t properly keep outside air out.

  • Noise pollution. Windows play a big part in noise pollution. If you have single-pane windows and live in a busy neighborhood, unwanted noise is likely.

  • Home resale value. You can improve your home’s worth by replacing the windows. It’s a great way to increase your home’s value, even if you’re not planning to sell your house in the near future.

Should I replace all my windows at once?

So, you’ve determined that your home needs window replacements. Do you have to do it in one go?

Not necessarily. A full-home window replacement project can be stressful for any homeowner. It’s a big investment!

With that said, don’t feel pressured to replace all your windows at once. It’s okay to split up the project and install replacements over time.

Which windows should I replace first?

If you need to replace multiple windows, it can be difficult to know where to start.

It’s generally recommended to prioritize safety. Focus on replacing broken and damaged windows first. Otherwise, it can be all too easy for robbers, animals, and bugs to sneak in.

From there, replace windows that jeopardize factors like energy efficiency and noise pollution.

Finish up the project by replacing windows for design and aesthetic purposes.

Consult the experts at XO Windows.

Stuck on what to do next? Get in touch with XO Windows. We can examine your windows and determine if you should replace all your windows at one time.

Remember, a gradual installation works just fine. The only exception may be if all your windows are broken or damaged.

When you’re ready to start replacing your windows, we’re here to help. Our team can help you break up the project and create a plan that works with your schedule, budget, and timeline.

To get started, request a free estimate or call us at 602-396-4825.

 

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What Are the Best Window Treatments for Sliding Glass Doors?

Have you ever thought about how sliding glass doors are essentially large windows? After all, they offer views of the great outdoors and fill your home with natural light. They can also let in fresh air and open up a room.

But unlike other windows in your home, sliding doors have a unique level of usefulness. Not only do they offer access to outdoor areas, but make it easy to keep an eye on kids and pets, too.

Therefore, a sliding glass door won’t work with just any window treatment. It requires a fixture that doesn’t interfere with its accessibility and functionality. At the same time, the best window treatments for sliding glass doors provide privacy (and style) while allowing just enough light.

By taking the time to choose the right window treatment, you can make the most out of your sliding glass door.

 Vertical Blinds

If you prefer traditional styles, consider vertical blinds. This common window treatment — which can be made with vinyl, wood, or fabric — is affordable and easy to customize. Vertical blinds are also sturdy and durable, so they’re ideal if you love to host parties or frequently use your sliding door.

 Vertical Sheer Shades

Do you want the usefulness of blinds but love the look of sheer drapery? Choose vertical sheer shades, also known as soft vertical blinds. They’re made of vinyl vanes with a layer of sheer fabric. The vanes open like vertical blinds, while the sheer fabric provides a soft and elegant ambiance.

 Vertical Cellular Shades

For an energy efficient window treatment, opt for vertical cellular shades, or honeycomb shades. This option is made of cellular fabric with small pockets, or “cells,” of air. These cells act as a barrier between the room and the window, which provides insulation and stops energy from sneaking out. As an added bonus, they control outside noise, too.

Sliding Panels

Sliding panels, or panel track blinds, are best for light control. They’re available in fabric, solar screen material, or woven wood. Sliding panels can also filter or blackout light, depending on your needs and lifestyle.

The panels glide on a wheel carrier track and neatly stack on top each other. If you prefer sleek and clean styles, you’ll appreciate the simple elegance of sliding panels.

Shutters

Shutters offer a cozy and classic Southern look. They also offer privacy, block out light, and are available in wood or synthetic materials. Additionally, since shutters can be painted or stained to coordinate with existing décor, the design possibilities are endless.

 In Arizona, it’s best to choose shutters made of synthetic material that can withstand the desert climate This will ensure that your beautiful window treatments don’t warp or fade under extreme heat.

XO Windows is ready to install your dream sliding glass door.

Knowing the best window treatments for sliding glass doors is just one part of the process. Before picking a treatment, it’s wise to make sure your sliding door is in good shape. It should be free of cracks and imperfections, which can compromise the comfort, safety, and energy efficiency of your home.

That’s where we come in. From sliding glass doors to specialty shape windows, XO Windows offers professional window replacements for every style and budget. We also specialize in window installations for new homes, so you can design your dream door from the very beginning.

To start your project, request a free estimate online. You can also call us at 602-396-4825.

Don’t Tint Your Windows: Why LoE-340 Is the Answer to Reducing Solar Heat

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When you live in Arizona, summer isn’t just about ice cream and waterparks. It also calls for preparing your home for the desert heat! For example, maybe you’re planning to install an awning or clean the pool. Or perhaps you’re getting your HVAC serviced, just to be safe.

You might also consider tinting your windows. Tinted windows, after all, are said to control heat during the blazing Arizona summers. But what if there is a better option?

Enter LoĒ³-340. As a solar control glass, LoĒ³-340 offers even more thermal benefits than tinted windows. LoĒ³-340 also exceeds in the areas where tinted glass falls short.

Let’s look at how LoĒ³-340 can reduce solar heat — and why you shouldn’t tint your windows.

 

What exactly are tinted windows?

There are two ways to tint your home windows.

One method is to use tinted film, which clings to the glass of windows. The film, which is cut to size and applied by hand, is designed to block sunlight.

Some homeowners apply the tint themselves, while others have a professional do it.

Another method is to install windows with tinted glass, which works by absorbing sunlight. It can also enhance your home’s privacy, but unfortunately, it’s not the most efficient option for cooling down your home.

 

Tinted windows have many disadvantages.

While tinted film and glass can help block the sun’s light, there are many drawbacks for each one.

Applying tinted film can be tricky if you have special locks and latches. Plus, if you have specialty shape windows, it can be difficult to cut the film to size.

Impeccable installation is also crucial. A poor application of window tint will create unsightly bubbles and wrinkles on your windows.

Additionally, some window manufacturers might void your warranty if you apply tinted film.

The disadvantages of tinted glass are even more complicated. Aside from blocking your view of the great outdoors, tinted glass primarily absorbs sunlight. In other words, it’s most effective at blocking light — but not heat — out of your home.

Since tinted glass absorbs sunlight, it can also get very hot. This only increases the risk of cracking due to thermal stress.

Tinted glass is also associated with glaring deficiencies. Moreover, the thicker the glass, the more the tint will change.

 

Why is LoĒ³-340 the way to go?

LoĒ³-340 is a coated solar control glass that blocks both heat and sun rays. It also offers optimal thermal throughout the entire year (“LoĒ” means “low emissivity”).

To make LoĒ³-340, glass manufacturers coat raw glass with layers of metallic particles, including titanium, silver, and zinc. These elements keep your house cool by reflecting the sun’s heat and light.

In turn, you won’t have to crank up the AC and pay outrageous energy bills.

Here’s what makes LoĒ³-340 a cut above the rest:

  • UV Radiation. LoĒ³-340 blocks about 98% of UV rays, which can fade your furniture, carpet, and curtains.

  • Visible light. Since LoĒ³-340 absorbs and reflects 60% of visible light, it has a muted blue hue. This color controls glare better than bronze tint.

  • Near infrared light. LoĒ³-340 blocks almost all near infrared light, which are invisible solar rays that make you feel warm in the heat. These rays can also cause eye damage.

It’s crucial to note LoĒ³-340’s level of glare control. In order to match it, tinted glass would have to be ¼-inch thick.

Have questions? XO Windows is here to help.

From glaring problems to thermal breakage, there are many drawbacks to tinted windows. On the other hand, LoĒ³-340 reduces solar heat without the risk of these issues. That’s why XO Windows is honored to offer LoĒ³-340 glass for all your window needs.

We also have the largest assortment of windows and doors in Arizona. From new home construction to window replacements, our team is prepared to work on your next project.

For a free estimate, complete our online form or contact us at 602-396-4825.

One of My Window Panes Is Broken, but It’s a Dual Pane Window…Do I Have to Get It Replaced?

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If you have dual pane windows, you probably already know why they’re so great. Also known as double pane windows, these windows are made with two layers of glass so they’re highly energy efficient.

Dual pane windows are also more expensive than single-pane windows, but in the long run, the degree of energy efficiency will work in your favor. In fact, you can save an estimated 20 to 30 percent on your energy bills by installing dual pane windows!

But what happens if a single pane is broken — and the other is good as new? You may wonder if you need to replace the entire window in order to fix the problem.

Let’s look at the best practices for dealing with dual pane windows when one pane is broken.

 

What’s the problem with a broken pane?

Aside from unappealing aesthetics, a broken pane poses many issues.

First, it’s a major safety hazard. A broken window pane is more likely to shatter and potentially cause injuries. It also doubles as an invitation for robbers, especially if the break is noticeable from the sidewalk or street.

A broken window pane also defeats the purpose of having energy-efficient windows. Even a small crack can let air sneak in (and out!), which can do a number on your energy bill.

Remember, dual pane windows are energy efficient because they’re made of two panes. If one pane is compromised, the entire structure can fail to do its job.

 

Dual pane windows are one unit.

While a dual-pane window contains two pieces of glass, it’s not recommended to replace just one pane. That’s because this type of window is made as a single unit.

During production, the manufacturer seals the panes into the window frame. The seal locks the individual panes in place, which helps the window insulate and control air.

But if just one window pane is replaced, this seal will likely fail. If this happens, the window will develop condensation in between the panes, so you won’t be able to wipe it off on either side.

 

A complete replacement is the smartest move.

Even if only one pane is broken, a dual-pane window should be replaced. This way, both panes of glass can be correctly sealed into the frame.

When you replace the entire window, you eliminate the chances of seal failure and other future problems. You’ll also ensure that the window panes will properly insulate your home.

 

Let XO Windows take care of your dual window pane replacement needs.

Since 2008, we have provided professional window replacements in the Phoenix area. Our team of professional window experts can create a dual-pane window replacement that is not only a perfect fit but matches your other windows too!

As a locally owned and operated company, XO Windows is dedicated to serving customers throughout Greater Phoenix. We’re ready to lend a hand on your latest project, whether you’re installing specialty windows or replacing patio doors.

To get started, request a free estimate or call us at 602-396-4825.

A Brief History of the Window

A Brief History of the Window

Take a look at your windows. Have you ever thought about how they came to be?

Now, we’re not talking about the manufacturing process of these windows. We’re not even talking about how these specific windows were chosen and installed in your home. Instead, we’re referring to the history of windows, and how they evolved into some of the most essential parts of a building.

If you’re like most people, it probably hasn’t crossed your mind. Windows, after all, are such a normal part of our daily lives; it’s easy to overlook its origin and background.

So, let’s discuss a brief history of the window. By learning about the background behind this architectural necessity, you’ll be able to appreciate your windows in a whole new light.

Windows are an ancient invention.

Ancient civilizations were some of the first people to make and use windows. The ancient Egyptians, for example, built small windows in the upper rooms of their brick houses. They covered the windows with reed, which kept out heat, dust, and flies.

Meanwhile, in ancient Japan, China, and Korea, translucent paper was used for windows.

The Romans were the first to make glass windows panes.

They made glass windows as early as the 1st century. The glass panes were small and not flat or translucent. (These panes have been discovered among ancient ruins in Rome and Pompeii!)

Usually, the glass windows had frames made of bronze, but marble and shell were also used.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Up until the early 1900s, windows were made with wood.

In the mid-1800s, it was easy to find wood windows and window moldings at lumber yards. In fact, window frames were some of the first building parts to be made in factories.

By the time the 1900s rolled around, manufacturers started to use aluminum and steel for windows.

During this time, components like insulated glass units also started to make an appearance. These units were marketed as energy-saving windows that could help reduce your coal bill.

Clearly, energy efficient windows have always been in style.

By the 1930s, glass blocks stole the show.

Glass blocks, also known as glass bricks, were invented in the 1900s. They were used in factories to bring in natural light. But in the 1930s and ‘40s, they became extremely popular in residential homes.

(Glass blocks went out of style in the 1970, but these days, you can still find them in modern bathrooms, commercial buildings, and wall partitions.)

Windows dramatically changed after World War II.

Prior to World War II, double-hung windows used weight and pulley systems. It consisted of two cast iron weights which equaled the weight of the window sash. This prevented the window from crashing down while opening it.

But after World War II, windows were reinvented. Not only were supplies harder to find, but it was a period of “starting over.” Eventually, windows with weight and pulley systems were replaced with spring suspension windows. Insulating glass became more available to the masses, too.

Make Your Own History with XO Windows

This brief history of the window barely scratches the surface. Yet, it reminds us that anything is possible when it comes to windows.

Let us create the windows of your dreams. From garden windows to patio doors, XO Windows can design a window that suits your lifestyle and needs. We’re happy to make specialty windows in all shapes and sizes, too.

Tell us about your project! Contact us at 602-396-4825 to get started today.