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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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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.

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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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The Benefits of Bigger Windows

Choosing bigger windows goes beyond aesthetics, it offers a range of benefits for both your emotional and physical health. Not only that, but the natural sunlight can help reduce your energy bills, saving you money and helping the earth along the way. The best part of it all is that NEXT Door & Window can easily create a brighter home for you with quality products and no hassle-no pressure appointments.

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Think you don’t have enough space to choose larger windows and maximize your rooms? Our Design and Energy experts can help you create the look you’ve always dreamed of with our Home Visualizer tool that allows you to try on styles before buying.

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Some common concerns with adding more windows to a home are costs, overheating in the summer, or cold drafts in the winter. But with our energy efficient windows, low E glass options, and the ENERGY STAR® label to back it up, you can enjoy the benefits of natural light without the issues. Plus, there are many types of frames that can boost the efficiency of your new windows, match your unique style, and fit your budget!

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MORE ON THE BENEFITS

BRINGS OUT BEAUTY: When natural light fills the room, it generates a gorgeous energy that makes the room feel fresher and the colors seem brighter. A lighter and brighter room will also make it seem more comfortably spacious. Plus, rooms with bigger windows can let natural light be the main focus of the design. Grouping multiple windows together can also create the illusion of a larger space and add distinct architectural interest to your home.

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REDUCES ENERGY COSTS: Simply inviting the sun into your home can drastically reduce those energy costs. By choosing bigger windows, grouping multiple windows, skylight windows, etc. you can welcome the free energy in and lower your use of electricity. As mentioned above, NEXT Door & Window offers plenty of energy efficient window options with air-tight insulation so you never have to worry about the energy you DO use slipping out of your home.    

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BOOSTS MOOD AND HEALTH: Nowadays with the number of chemicals and bad things we’re exposed to, it’s nice to know that we can still take advantage of nature. We all know that sunshine is good at increasing your vitamin D levels and boosting your immune system, but research has also shown that it can help boost your mood and productivity! Natural light can also help you sleep better at night. With all these added benefits, it’s no question that adding on more windows is the way to go.

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We’re excited to help you get started on this natural light project. Give us a call today to set up your free appointment.

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Transform Your Home With Bow or Bay Windows

Looking to transform your home, open up your space, and add dimension? Then let us share why you should consider a bow or bay window. Bow or bay windows go beyond being an architectural accent and will add value and curb appeal to your home. It will also give you the opportunity to expand your view and increase your living space. Take a look at some of our before and after projects below to see the changes.

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Difference Between Bow and Bay Windows

To put it in simple terms bay windows consist of three windows sharply angled and connected together as they protrude from your home. Bays are a good fit for more modern style homes and are typically more affordable because you’re paying for less glass. Bays usually have one picture window in the center with two smaller windows on the sides. 

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The shape of bay windows also allows for more shelf space and a more creative use of the area. Depending on the room, you can add in a bench for a unique interior change (and extra storage space) like a window seat, a working desk, or even just a shelf to hold your plants.

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More on Bow Windows

Bow windows are similar to bays as they also protrude from your home, but they have up to six windows and connect in a much curvier way. With the extra windows, it helps create a bigger and brighter room. As seen above, many homeowners use the extra interior space by adding throw pillows and creating the perfect nook. If the bow window is located in the kitchen, homeowners may turn the space into a breakfast bench.

Difference Between Bow and Bay Windows

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And let’s not forget how beautiful bow or bay windows look from the outside.

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

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