Garden Window

How to Transform Your Living Space with a Garden Window

Did you know a window can do more than just let light in and allow you to see the outside world?

An XO garden window can transform your living space and bring the outdoors in. This box-like window can completely change the way that you view the room in your home where it has been added.

 

Perfect for Plant and Flower Lovers

The unique shape of the garden window offers plenty of space for some lovely plants to liven up your home. This window extends out past the rest of your home creating a larger shelf than a normal sill itself. Potted plants that soak up the sunshine are perfect for nestling into this window alcove if it happens to be on the side of your home that gets a lot of sun. Make sure to request a LoĒ³-340 glass to protect your plants from the blazing summer sun. And, if it happens to get less sun, there are shade loving plants that will still look great in this window.

 

Increase and Better Utilize Your Kitchen Space

Think of how lovely this garden window would be in the kitchen. You could use it to grow fresh herbs. Or, use it for recipes that call for leaving items out in the sun, like sun tea or flower infused olive oil.

It also makes extra space for all those things you have in the kitchen that don’t always fit around the sink.

 

Sparkling Fun

If you’ve ever been accused of being distracted by shiny objects, a garden window may be perfect for you. Think of your favorite Swarovski crystal figurines, glass bottles, or other items that will be dazzling in the sun. This can be a great place to showcase how lovely your collection is, and brighten up any room in your home.

No matter if you want to bring in more of the natural world, add some potted plants, get garden space, or add a glittering space for sparkling knickknacks, a garden window is a perfect improvement. XO Windows is ready to help you open your living space with our top-quality vinyl garden windows that are energy efficient.

Contact us today to learn more about our windows and get started with your very own garden window.

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Looking to Improve Your Home’s Worth? Consider Replacing Your Windows

Windows do more than let light into your home. In fact, selecting the right windows can increase your home’s curb appeal as well as increase the worth and value of your home.

Replacing your single-pane windows with double-pane windows now is the best time to take advantage of the weather, get your home summer-ready, and make an end-of-season impact on your home’s appearance. The National Association of Realtors found that homeowners who replace their windows typically see between about 74 and 79 percent of the cost returned when closing on their property (source).

 

Durable Double-Paned Windows

One of the main reasons double-pane windows have such an impact on a home’s curb appeal and value is because of their durability. As their name points out, double-pane windows have two layers of glass, with a space in between filled with air or non-toxic gas. This buffering space helps the windows better withstand extreme temperature changes.

 

Energy Efficient Double-Paned Windows

Because of this buffer, double-pane windows are much more energy-efficient. While these windows might cost slightly more to purchase, you’ll recoup your costs quickly, with many homeowners seeing energy usage reductions of between 18 and 24 percent (source).

 

Finding Safety and Comfort with Double-Pane Windows

While it might be surprising, most burglars and home intruders will avoid homes with double-pane glass windows (source). These windows are harder to break, and will often cause thieves to turn the other direction.

Double-pane windows not only keep you secure, but comfortable. The barrier between the panes that reduces energy usage also helps to regulate temperatures inside the house, keeping the house cool when the air conditioner is running, and warm when you need to turn on the heater.

 

Superior Sound Blocking

Comfort doesn’t stop with the temperature. Double-pane windows are ideal for noise reduction, blocking excess noise pollution between 25 and 50 percent. Thinner, single-pane windows are much less effective at keeping out the sounds of traffic, neighbors, and animals that can distract from the peace inside your house.

 

Meet Your Home’s Perfect Match

XO Windows will help you fall in love with your windows, and increase the value of your home. The large selection of double and triple-pane windows will bring back the spark that made you want to purchase your house. Whether you’re looking to sell, or just spruce up your home’s appeal, contact XO Windows today for a free estimate.

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Sliding Patio Doors: An Architectural Trend in 2015

Sliding doors have been steadily growing in popularity for years. Now that 2015 has rolled around, they can be considered a full-blown design trend. What, precisely, is the appeal of this particular design choice?

Letting more light into a residence and simultaneously creating more living space, as these doors do, is a no-brainer for most homeowners. But that barely scratches the surface.

How A Sliding Door Works

Sliding glass doors move smoothly on tracks and require virtually no effort to use on the part of the homeowner. They are outfitted with multiple lock points for extra safety. Certain glass and aluminum doors can be operated by remote control to make them even easier to use.

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Versatility

Doors and windows are the standard mode of entering, leaving, and letting light into a building. Sliding glass doors combine these utilitarian household necessities into one smooth, visually appealing architectural feature.

Multi slide doors allow the homeowner to slide open different sections of panels at a time depending on what combination is desired. Similarly, bifold doors can be folded outward to create a more seamless connection with the outside world. Whether they fold, slide, or lift, these doors and panels have become a coveted part of the new home construction and remodeling landscape.

Uniting the Indoors and Outdoors

What if being inside could feel more like being outside without undesirable temperature changes? Sliding glass doors help make this possible. Homeowners are separated from the outside’s cold or sweaty weather while still gaining the benefits of light that brightens up every corner of an otherwise dark home.

Corner-Less Installations

Homeowners who want to maximize their home’s connection to the outside can opt for corner-less installations. In this design, corners are eliminated by a set of two panels meeting where the outside or inside corner would be. Such a scenario is ideal for a covered patio or other outdoor space that benefits from being attached seamlessly to the indoors.

Expanded Livable Area and Natural Light

Standard doors take up space when they swing inward or outward. A sliding door, however, simply moves along the same thin course, conserving space so that the homeowner can enjoy an increased living area.

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Energy Efficient and Financially Savvy

Sliding doors have an interlock seal at the center rail which protects the home from intrusive air, while a heavy duty weather stripping process prevents outside elements like rain, dust, wind and even noise from infiltrating. Low-E glass and other options, as well as UV coatings and dual glaze, are all available outfitting choices.

XO Windows offers the ultimate in energy efficiency with its EnergyCore™ multi-slide doors, which are made with LoĒ3-366 triple silver insulated glass ─ the best of the best when it comes to thermal efficiency.

Sliding Door Sizes

A sliding door can come in a variety of sizes calibrated to fit an individual homeowner’s specific needs. They may be as wide as 20 feet and as high as 12 feet. Single panels may run anywhere from two to four feet long. In the case of a sliding glass wall, however, panels may run up to 12 feet wide. Walls can be designed with two 12-foot panels that combined create a glass expanse of 24 feet, allowing for a clear opening up to 12 feet. Adding to the appeal and flexibility of the door, each panel may operate independently from the other to allow more or less air to enter the home.

The Sliding Door: a 2015 Design Trend For a Reason

Sliding doors are versatile, possessing the capability to extend natural light into a home and unite the indoors with the outdoors in a special way that other types of doors and windows cannot. By saving space, they also expand the livable areas of a home.

XO Windows has a wide range of patio doors available, including sliding, swinging and folding doors.  Contact us today for an estimate: 602-396-4825.