From recycled content to new casing styles, to locking systems, window manufacturers are focusing on smaller elements that make a big impact.
Weather Shield. For homeowners who want windows that are green in more ways than one, the ProShield line has achieved the first-ever third-party certification for recycled material content for windows by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS). In addition to featuring renewable natural-wood interior components, the maker's low-maintenance vinyl exteriors and energy-efficient insulated glass are certified to contain recycled content of at least 9% of the entire unit by weight. 800.477.6808. www.weathershield.com.
Atrium. Windows in the Series 700 casement family can be hinged right or left, with the sash opening outward for full ventilation and easy cleaning of the glass from inside. Available for new construction or replacement installations, the Series 700 features a beveled exterior profile and thick, insulated glass panels with a warm edge spacer system to optimize thermal performance. Fusion-welded corners and multi-seal weather protection provide structural strength and defense against air and water infiltration. A low-profile lock handle offers aesthetic appeal with a multipoint locking system for security. 214.630.5757. www.atriumcompanies.com.
Visions. Made from advanced select PVC, Visions 3000 series windows are available in white, cameo, and tan, to complement a home's interior and exterior. The multi-chambered extruded frame, fusion-welded at the sash and joints, offers insulation, thermal performance, and durability. Available window types include casement, awning, single- or double-hung, single-and triple-slider, direct set, bay, bow, eyebrow, and more. Patio doors and custom-sized windows are also available. 800.584.7680. www.visionswindows.com.
Silver Line. Recreating classic craftsmanship of century-old homes while offering the convenience of modern window engineering is the Flat Exterior Casing on Series 3000 vinyl windows. The flat casing emulates 1-by-4 wood casing and is factory applied, eliminating the labor and expense associated with measuring and installing such trim separately. The casing's actual face dimensions are 3 3/8 inches wide, and it functions as a J-channel siding return. The casing is available as a single, twin, and triple combo unit, as well as on architectural shapes. 732.937.5800. www.silverlinewindows.com.
Windsor. Featuring single-hung, slider, picture, fixed, and geometric-shaped vinyl windows, the Next Dimension Pro line features a Super Spacer foam channel for added thermal performance, while a hot-melt butyl secondary seal creates a moisture and gas barrier for improved durability. Single-hung and slider models feature the Easy-Out Sash System, which integrates a deep, rigid extruded vinyl pocket to create an overlapping frame for the sash. This side-load design means there are no pulleys, cords, or chains to detach or break the balance system. 800.218.6186. www.windsorwindows.com.
Marvin. For a product range that will appeal to all home types, the maker introduces seven new clad casings and four new subsills. Altogether, installers now can choose from a total of nine clad casings and six subsills in 19 clad colors. Among the new casing options are Potter, Kinsley, and Grayson, (shown, left to right). Made of extruded aluminum and a finish consisting of 70% Kynar resin, the new elements are more resistant to scratches, chalking, and UV fading. Because they're applied in the factory, casings and subsills feature more consistent joinery details, and less labor on the jobsite. 888.537.8266. www.marvin.com.
MW Windows & Doors. For an alternative to full replacement windows, try the MW Sash Replacement System. Useful with most wood double-hung windows when frames are in good condition, each kit includes two double-hung sashes with standard 5/8-inch warm edge insulated glass, tilt vinyl compression balances, and all necessary installation hardware. Full weather-stripping promotes an air-tight performance and tilt-in sashes mean easy cleaning. Three versions include all-vinyl, vinyl-clad wood, and all-wood. Choose from a variety of glass and grille options. 800.999.8400. www.mwwindows.com.
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