Story by Hollie Deese Photography by Rachel Tenpenny When Dr. Stephen Fesik first tackled a remodel on his 1989-built traditional Forest Hills home about five years ago, he completely renovated the inside, swapping out brass chandeliers, dated knobs and flowery wallpaper for a cleaner, more modern design. One thing he didn’t include in the project was new windows and doors,
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Exterior doors have three main functions; security, style and insulation. And unlike interior doors, they have to stand up to the ravages of sun damage, extremes of heat and cold, wind, and swings in humidity without warping, shrinking or swelling. They also have the added challenge of having one half subjected to exterior conditions while the other half is exposed
A great way to improve the performance of older windows, or give a boost to new ones, is to apply professional window films. Some quick facts about window films: • They have a completely natural appearance • Your views and visibility are preserved • They reduce glare and enhance comfort • They block over 99.9% of harmful UV rays • They reduce solar heat
Wood and Clad Wood The most common material for windows is wood, either alone or clad. One of the great advantages to wood besides the incomparable beauty, is that it can be milled into virtually any custom shape. If you don’t want a standard window, wood is for you. Also on the pro-side, it has great insulation value and if
Double Hung In a double hung window, both the upper and lower sash move. Look for the sashes that tilt in for easy cleaning. Ventilation is limited to half the area of the window. What to watch out for - The windows slide on metal or plastic tracks which make double hung windows only half as air-tight as casement windows.
The US Department of Energy partnering with the National Fenestration Rating Council have developed the NFRC label. It summarizes all of the main points that are important in deciding which windows will work for your home and your climate. These ratings apply to the whole window, not just the component parts. NFRC labels gauge energy performance and provide a way