Low E Glass Windows: Vital Sun Protection For You and Your Home

The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause more damage indoors than many of us are aware of. That is why Low Emissivity (Low E) glass windows are vital to protect you and your home against the sun’s damaging rays.

Being openly exposed to UV rays while in your home without sun protection can lead to skin damage, and unfortunately, skin cancer. The issue is that the unprotected glass isn’t blocking any of the sun’s harmful UV rays. Therefore, it’s leading to the rays easily penetrating your skin.

And if that weren’t bad enough, the sun can also damage your furnishings and wreak havoc on your wood floors. Plus, it can cause you to use more energy to cool your home in the summertime, which equals higher energy bills.

Low E Glass Windows

Fret not, at Next Door and Window, we offer quality Low E glass windows to protect you, your family, and your home from the sun’s UV rays.

Low E is a thin, transparent coating that is placed on the inside surface of the glass to reflect heat and reduce the harmful rays. This coating helps lower the amount of UV and infrared light that passes through the glass without actually dimming your natural light. You still get the benefits of sunlight without the harm!

Low E glass coating is crucial in the performance of the window and can lower the energy used by a home. The coating will lessen your need for air conditioning and heating, allowing you to save money on your energy bills and also help the earth.

When heat tries to escape during the winter, the Low E coating will reflect heat back inside the glass, reducing heat loss. The opposite happens during the summer when the heat is allowed to escape from the glass and will make your home cooler.

Besides protecting your skin and home from harmful rays, Low E coating has hydro-repellent characteristics that also prevent dust and dirt from sticking to their surfaces. Any dust and dirt that does stick are easy to wash away with a splash of water.

Our Design and Energy experts are happy to answer any of your Low E glass questions and can help you find the safest most energy-efficient option for your home.

Next Door and Window carries some of the best brands in the business, including Marvin, Integrity, Infinity, and Sunrise Windows. These are guaranteed to be durable, resilient, and all feature Low E glass for optimal energy savings.

Call today to schedule your free appointment at 630-280-2748 or contact us HERE.

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Best Patio Doors for Your Home

Time to update those patio doors? The season is warming up, and since you’ll be using that patio door more often it’s the perfect time to invest in an upgrade. Next Door and Window is here to help you choose the best patio door for your home.

Our expert team can customize your door to meet your preferences for appearance and functionality. You can select from a range of options to ensure a flawless finish that exceeds your expectations.

Signs You Need a New Patio Door

  • Whether you have a sliding or a swinging patio door, if it’s getting more difficult to open it then it might be time to replace it with a new one.
  • If you’re feeling any drafts then an upgrade is recommended. You don’t want the AC or heat slipping out of the cracks and increasing your energy bills.
  • The door is outdated and you’d like a new look. Installing patio doors are a smart way to spruce up your home. They add elegance to your decor, which contributes to curb appeal.

Patio doors are a great return on investment and will cost you less than renovating an entire room. Patio doors offer plenty of natural light giving the illusion of a bigger space. The large glass panels also allow you to enjoy your surroundings and take in the view.

Plus, if you choose a sliding door you’ll automatically have more indoor space.

Patio doors offer function and style and bring something special to your home. Considering that these doors connect you to your outdoor spaces, make sure you choose quality materials and professional installation.

Next Door and Window will help you create a patio door that’s custom to your style and everyday life with top of the line brands you can trust. Our Design and Energy experts can also help you visualize this final look with our Home Visualizer tool that allows you to try on styles before buying.

Patio Door Brands We Offer

  • Marvin patio doors– When it comes to patio doors, Marvin is the brand in demand. Marvin patio doors give homeowners flexibility by offering an abundance of styles, high-quality materials, and options for both interior and exterior finishes. Every Marvin patio door is custom made, but they all share the exceptional performance that the Marvin brand is known for.

  • Infinity patio doors– Infinity from Marvin offers a range of elegant, smooth-operating, energy-efficient fiberglass that is low maintenance and reliable. They offer a traditional French appearance and are available in different stains and finishes that will complement your home.

  • Integrity patio doors– Integrity from Marvin patio doors are made with Ultrex,® fiberglass that outperforms many other materials such as roll-form aluminum, vinyl, and other fiberglass composites. Integrity patio doors endure all the elements without showing signs of wear, all while insulating your home from outdoor temperatures. Perfect choice for our brutal Illinois winters and scorching summers!

  • Sunrise patio doors Sunrise patio doors can stand up to the elements through the years. They come with four seals of weather-stripping that eliminate leaks and drafts, which in turn lessens your heating and cooling costs. These patio doors are simple yet strong, will complement any architectural style, and withstand the frequent use that patio doors can endure.

Whatever your patio door style, our experts can help you design the ideal look for your home. Call today to schedule your free appointment at 630-280-2748 or contact us HERE.

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Your Guide to Decorative Door Glass

Love the look of a front door with decorative glass but have some concerns? We’re here to answer some of your top questions. There’s no denying that decorative glass can enhance the look of your entryway, but make sure you choose quality brands and materials. Some of the main things to consider when choosing a decorative door glass are as follows:

  • Privacy
  • Safety
  • Sunlight
  • Curb appeal


Privacy can be a huge concern when it comes to decorative glass. However, every style of glass comes with a privacy rating of 1-10, with 10 being the most private glass available. Plus, you can even choose a layered glass that will provide plenty of privacy. When choosing a front door and glass, it’s important to consider your home and surrounding area in order to pick the best products for your property.

Do you have a large front yard full of trees? Then going with a larger glass that has a lower privacy rating might be a good choice. Is your home close to the main road? Then you’ll probably want to go with less glass and/or a higher privacy rating.

We’ll help you create a door that’s custom to your style and everyday life with quality materials you can trust. Our Design and Energy experts can also help you visualize this final look with our Home Visualizer tool that allows you to try on styles before buying. You can also visit one of our showrooms to see which glass is best for your needs.


Is a front door with decorative glass safe? This is a common question and a top concern for homeowners. It will ease your mind to know that the glass used for front doors are tempered which means the material is stronger and harder to break. 

Plus, considering our homes are filled with glass windows and (possibly) patio doors, choosing decorative glass for your front door wouldn’t make your home any less safe.

Just make sure you’re choosing quality products from good brands. We source our doors from trusted, name-brand manufacturers like ProVia, Albany Door, Infinity by Marvin, among others.


Would you love to have sunlight streaming in through your front door? People are usually concerned about safety, but sunlight can either be an issue or a “must have”. So that’s another thing to consider if you love decorative glass. Are you looking to increase or decrease the light that flows in?

Some choose to go full-glass when it comes to their front door and there are many benefits to that. Sunlight can be uplifting and energizing. Plus, the glass can open up your space and (possibly) offer a gorgeous view. Read here to learn more about the benefits of light in your home. 

However, if you have certain sensitivities or concerns with the amount of light that comes in then maybe go smaller with the glass and higher with the privacy rating. This will allow the decorative glass to block out more sun but still provide the style that you’re after.


A front door is more than just a point of entry, it can help boost curb appeal, transform the facade, and increase the value of your home. Choosing a front door with decorative glass will tick all of those benefit boxes! Adding in a hand-stained design or artistic pattern can further enhance the look of your entryway. It’s a great way to make an impact without the cost of an extensive renovation.

We know that the front door can often get overlooked, but it’s what greets your guests and gives the first impression of your home so how about we make it a good one? Plus, if the decorative glass has always been on your wish list then we hope this post has helped address some of your concerns.

Our Design and Energy experts are happy to answer any more questions about decorative glass. We’re here to inspire you and your home in this new season! We’d love to make your vision come to life. As always, NEXT Door & Window offers no hassle-no pressure appointments so schedule yours today

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Our Favorite Installations of 2018

The year is coming to an end quicker than any of us expected. We’re so grateful for the amazing people we were able to work with this year and the happy clients we’ve encountered. We thought this end of the year post could be dedicated to highlighting some of our favorite installations. If your doors or windows are in need of an upgrade, we hope this post can inspire you for 2019. New year, new home, right?

We recently shared how specialty windows can transform your home’s façade, and this Infinity window is a fantastic example. The look was combined with new Provia double doors and Sidelites. It definitely made for a beautiful entryway.

Here is a good before and after image to paint the picture of what’s capable with Next Door and Window. This Arlington Heights homeowner wanted to go from a double entry door to a single door with Sidelites. We matched the new stone to the existing brick color. The new entry door is a Provia Signet with 2 Sidelites and Veretta Stone. 

We all know that gray seems to be the “it” color right now. So why not incorporate this color into your front door and add instant curb appeal? This beautiful entry door is a Provia Signet.

The dramatic height of these windows simply takes your breath away. Think you don’t have enough space to choose larger windows and maximize your rooms? Our Design and Energy experts can help you create this look with our Home Visualizer tool that allows you to try on styles before buying. So go ahead, open up your space!

We love when our customers choose a color that makes a bold statement! This Provia cherry entry door brightens up the façade and at the same time increases the value of their home.

These are Sunrise windows and we love the way they alternate in size and opening options here. Choosing these different types of windows can also help create the illusion of a larger space and add distinct architectural interest to your home.

This dark contrasting Albany door against a light exterior color is a great example of current trends. It’s a bold look we love and we hope to see more of it!

This stunning installation is of Marvin Integrity French Doors. The doors coupled with specialty windows really give this room that wow factor.

Looking for a timeless look? Look no further than this Provia Signet Entry Door with decorative Sidelites installation. The contrasting colors of this entryway make a statement of their own. An updated front door truly is a great way to make an impact without the cost of an extensive renovation.

We are loving the black frame of this Marvin Integrity three panel sliding patio door. Marvin sliding doors set the industry benchmark for effortless and graceful operation with styles to complement any room or design. Old windows and patio doors can be a source of heat loss in the winter. Investing in quality upgrades can save you a lot on your energy bills. Next Door and Window offers plenty of energy efficient window options with air-tight insulation so you never have to worry about the energy you use slipping out of your home. 

The Provia Signet double doors selected for this installation are classic and elegant. The decorative glass complements the door well and the specialty windows surrounding them boost that curb appeal.

Bright colored doors are all the rage. It’s an easy way to add character and give your home a distinctive look. This installation features a Provia door with Sidelites. 

This installation is a great example of how we can tailor windows to go with the flow of your existing architecture by designing and installing custom shapes and matching the color of your home. With plenty of options at your disposal, you can be as creative as you want.

The specialty windows combine state-of-the-art window design with a clean, classic style. Advanced engineering and the highest quality construction make these windows incredibly durable, versatile, and easy to use. Also note, since these specialty windows don’t normally open they can be very energy efficient. This installation features a Marvin Integrity specialty window with Provia double doors.

Here’s another bold installation we couldn’t pass up! This gorgeous ProVia double door makes for a grand entrance. We love the gold handles and contrasting walls. It’s a modern look with classic touches.

We hope these installations inspired you as much as they did us this past year. Remember, if it’s time to update your doors and windows, we hope you’ll consider us for the important project. Schedule your no hassle-no pressure appointment today to get started.

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Transform Your Home with Specialty Windows

Sometimes our homes call for special shaped windows. Maybe you’re looking to diversify the windows in your home, add architectural elegance, or simply upgrade old specialty windows. With plenty of options at your disposal, you can be as creative as you want.

Transform Your Home with Specialty Windows

Transform Your Home with Specialty Windows

Window designs aren’t just restricted to squares and rectangles. By choosing other shapes like full or half-circles, triangles, or octagons, you can add an artistic element to an otherwise traditional home design. With the many shapes and sizes we offer, along with guidance from our Design and Energy Experts, we can help revamp your space.

Transform Your Home with Specialty Windows

Regardless of the style of window you desire for your residence, you can rest easy knowing that your new windows are assembled and supplied by some of the most trusted manufacturers in the window replacement industry. With our Home Visualizer tool you can try on styles and get a better idea of the overall result before making a decision.

Also know that even if the specialty window isn’t already in place in your home, we can help create it. Add an elegant arch or a unique angle to an otherwise plain window to give your home that wow factor. See more examples of this below.

Another thing to note is that since these specialty windows don’t normally open they can be very energy efficient. Energy efficient windows are key to winters in Illinois. Read more about energy efficiency HERE.

Specialty windows can also help to open up your space and create a more light-filled home. If you’ve read our post on bigger windows and open spaces, you’ll know that filling your home with natural light can bring an array of health benefits to your mind and body.

So, if you’re looking to upgrade old specialty windows or to go bold with a whole new look, NEXT Door and Window can bring that vision to life through thoughtful window design.

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