Right now, replacing windows at the back of the house is the focus for a few reasons. It’s small, not highly visible, and one of the windows by the sliding door had only the inner pane of glass. Somehow, the previous owner shattered the outside pane, leaving us with this:
Then we went on a hunt for the perfect windows. In a Utopian world, we could have black windows. Unfortunately for us, black windows would fade easily on the south-facing front of our house. So, we’re stuck with white. Cohesion is the name of the game, so we want the windows to match. Ideally, Ben wants windows that allow high solar heat gain on the front of the house. It seems US companies don’t often make these windows.
After checking tons of companies (Anderson and Pella to name a few) we landed right where we did six years ago. Alside white vinyl sliding and double hung windows; same brand and same line (UltraMaxx) we used at our first house. Alside makes custom sizes and the prices are about half of the other brands. We had six years to live with these at the other house and no complaints. Vinyl is low maintenance, not needing paint or stain.
So what makes these windows green? Well, they’re Energy Star rated, for starters.
These windows also seal tightly, preventing air infiltration. Which means your heater or air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard to keep up temperature.
For sunny climates, the solar heat gain coefficient is great.
Aside from the eco standpoint, the windows function well. Sliding windows open smoothly and quietly. And the double hung windows allow us to open the top and/or bottom for maximum air flow.
Our slider picture slider windows also have a fun feature. The picture window also slides and all panels are completely removable. Cleaning the windows is super easy because of this. And, if you’ve got a large piece of furniture that won’t fit through the door, pull out all panels and you’ve got a large opening.
The hardware isn’t ugly, either.
We’ll use the same windows throughout the rest of the house, too. Maybe not the front windows, but we’ll have to see what we can find for those.
Do you have a favorite window brand? I know some people swear by Anderson. Are you looking for the perfect window?
P.S. We were not compensated or perked for this post, we simply love the windows we’ve purchased and want to share with you.