Specialty Shaped Windows

Specialty Shaped Windows: Beautifully Unpredictable

Most windows are rectangular or square, and quite…predictable.

What if you had a window in your home that you didn’t just look through – you enjoyed looking AT?

Specialty windows can add dimension to your home and give it that extra bit of character it may be lacking. Here are some window shapes you should consider when adding windows to a new home or replacing old ones:

 

Elegant Arched Windows

An arched window is a great choice for a home with an unobstructed view. From sky to earth, this window will let in plenty of light and scenery. Even if your view is your neighbor’s house across the street, an arched window will give an added touch of elegance to your home.

 

Striking Triangles

Triangular windows can make the inside of your home feel open and full of life. These windows can fill the space all the way to your roofline and are perfect for bathrooms, closets or stairways. Natural lighting is a bonus feature to this unique, decorative element.

 

Stop! And Take-a-Look Octagons

An octagon window adds charm to the inside and outside of your home. A bathroom is no longer boring with this shapely addition. With an octagonal kitchen window, food may no longer be the focal point. And, a laundry room with this window may soon be a necessary stop as you’re giving guests a tour of your home.

 

Compelling Curves

If you’re looking to update your home, circle shaped windows are just the ticket for a contemporary look. If you have a window you want to add height to, try a half-circle at the top. Circle windows can create more spaciousness to a room as well.

 

XO Windows: The Place to Go for Specialty Windows

Specialty windows are anything but predictable and can add an elegant and distinctive touch to your home. XO Windows is the place to go for specialty shaped windows and we’ll help you pick the perfect ones for your home. Give us a call today.

energy-windows

How Do Energy Efficient Windows Work?

 

If you’ve lived in the Phoenix area for very long, you know energy efficiency is a must to prevent you from going bankrupt from air conditioning costs during the long summer months.

And, because we do live in the desert, temps manage to dip low enough during those winter nights to necessitate turning the heater on.

Whether you want to keep the heat in or out, energy efficient windows are your best bet for saving money on energy costs.

So, how exactly do energy efficient windows work? At the core of what makes these windows an ideal investment is advanced engineering and technology that has been developed over the past few years.

 

Preparing the Window

Energy-efficient windows still use glass, but use a low-emissivity (Low-E) glass, which not only provides a barrier for sun rays, but shields the inside of your house, helping you maintain a consistent temperature.

For example, in the winter, Low-E glass keeps the heat inside and the cold out. In addition to the coating on the glass, many different window manufacturers produce windows with different glazes, tints, or reflective coatings. Each finishing step fulfills a different need and helps you find a unique way to save money and energy.

 

Window Construction

In multiple-paned windows, manufacturers have found great benefit to using gas fills. The gas helps to reduce the rate of heat transfer between the outside air and inside of your house. In the frame, adding polymer structural foam has become an integral part of an energy-efficient window. Previously, manufacturers often used metal to insulate the windows.

And when you’re ready to purchase, ask about the U-factor or U-value. The U-value shows the window’s resistance to heat and the insulating properties. You want a number that is low—energy-efficient double-paned windows usually have .3. and triple-paned windows might get as low as .15. In a triple-paned window, you’ll get a higher UV blockage rate as well.

 

XO Windows: Save Money with Energy Efficient Windows

Interested? Call XO Windows. We specialize in energy efficient windows and can help you understand the details behind each option and help you pick the best possible windows for your home. From vinyl and aluminum to off shapes and unique needs, XO Windows can help you find the

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.

How to Choose a Perfect Patio Door

A patio adds a nice touch of outdoor living to your home. While it is important to make sure your patio is beautiful and functional, it’s also important to choose the right door to connect the patio to your house. There is a huge variety of patio doors to choose, so it’s helpful to understand your options.

 

Style

The style of patio door you choose will make a big difference to the overall aesthetic appeal of your home. It is important to choose a door that blends well with the rest of the house and provides a sense of unity in design. XO Windows has several styles to choose from, including:

 

1. Sliding Doors

XO Windows has many different sliding glass door designs to consider, including single and multi-slide doors. These doors are tough, durable, and attractive. While available in several options, the multi-slide door represents an impressive leap in technology, made from an anodized bronze framing system, and available in a 2, 3, or 4-track framing system, which ensures ease of motion—even after years of use.

 

2. Swinging Doors

If you want a look that’s more classic, swinging doors might be right for you. These doors are built just as tough as their sliding counterparts. Swinging doors can be set up to swing in or out, or even both ways, so planning your floor space is a must.

 

3. Folding Doors

If you have a larger patio opening, or just want something a little different, you might want to consider folding doors. While not as common as sliding or swinging doors, this option provides a unique, luxurious way to transition between your house and patio.

 

Materials

Just as it is important to pick the right style, it is equally important to choose the right materials.  XO Windows has several materials to choose from, including vinyl, aluminum, fiberglass, and wood. Regardless of the material you choose, our doors are made to be tough and dependable. They offer security and peace of mind, and what’s more, they come in a variety of colors and custom options to make sure your new or replacement patio door matches your home perfectly.

 

And if that weren’t enough, XO Windows proudly offers LoĒ³-340 glass in all of our patio doors, which provides unparalleled savings and protection from the sun. LoĒ³-340 glass is proven to block up to 98% of the sun’s harmful UV radiation, while providing year-round thermal comfort by blocking solar heat in the summer and reducing heat loss during the winter.

 

Regardless of which option you choose, XO Windows has the right patio door for you and your home. Contact us today to see what we can do for you.

How to Childproof Your Windows

Child Proof Windows

 

 

 

 

Windows flood rooms with natural light, but they are also a magnet for young children who are eager to see what’s going on outside. Each year, thousands of children are severely injured or lose their lives due to window accidents. Curious babies, toddlers, and kids of a certain age should be protected from sustaining life-threatening injuries, and you can do that by learning how to childproof the windows in your home.

Window safety solutions are affordable and relatively easy to install. There are several types of safety devices that work on any type of window. Get familiar with each type and select ones that best suit your home environment.

 

1. Window Guards

Window guards are constructed of sturdy materials that cover a portion of the window, or the entire window. The guard incorporates a grid pattern consisting of horizontal and vertical bars. Once installed, the guards are extremely difficult for babies and small children to remove. Kids can lean on the bars safely without fear of tumbling out the window. Adults can release the safety mechanism in a jiffy for emergencies. These are so effective that the Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends their use.

 

2. Window Locks

Installing locks on windows is an easy way to prevent children from opening them. Many contemporary windows come with locks attached. For windows that don’t come with locks, you can purchase locks from stores that sell hardware supplies. Easy to install models use suction to adhere locks to window sills, requiring no tools.

 

3. Window Stops

Similar to door stops, window stops work by preventing a window from sliding open with the use of force. They require installation, and once installed, a young child cannot accidentally lift up the window.

 

4. Window Cranks

Some windows have manual cranks that you turn in order to push open the window. Children can quickly figure out how to operate the crank mechanism, which makes them a safety risk. Installing a casement window lock is one way to resolve this problem. Another option is removing the cranks altogether.

 

5. Window Blinds

Window blinds are responsible for numerous in-home accidents involving children. Kids are attracted to the dangling cords used for adjusting the blinds. In the blink of an eye, a small child can get their head entangled and suffocate. Keep your children safe by using cord clips or wraps to keep cords safely out of reach. Alternatively, install cordless window blinds.

 

Need More Information About Window Safety?

XO Windows are window experts, and you can contact us anytime for quick answers and assistance with any type of window issue—including childproofing your windows.

 

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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.

Loud Street

Noisy Neighborhood? That’s Not a Problem with Double Paned Windows

Dogs barking, cars honking, an ambulance blaring: there’s a lot going on outside of our windows. It’s enough to keep anyone up at night, but with double pane windows, these noises don’t have to make their way into your home.

 

Replacing Your Single Pane Windows to Reduce Noise Pollution

If you have single pane windows, there’s a good chance you’ve suffered from noise pollution in your home. Just by replacing your windows with double pane, you could reduce noise by anywhere between 25%-50%. Single pane windows that are less than ¼ inch thick are particularly ineffective when it comes to keeping noise out. Double pane windows, on the other hand, have a unique design that can keep things quiet.

 

How it Works

Single pane windows are made with one single layer of glass, which results in less insulation from noise. Double pane windows, however, are made with two individual layers of glass with space in between them. Noise is captured in that space, along with the outdoor temperatures.

 

Added Benefits of Double Pane Windows

If you’re considering making the switch to double pane windows to keep neighborhood noise out, there are many other benefits as well. Due to the increased insulation, double pane windows are incredibly sturdy and durable, keeping you safe and adding to the overall value of your home. Additionally, this insulation keeps seasonal temperatures out and makes for an incredibly energy efficient home. There are also UV coating options available for double pane windows that contributes to energy efficiency and prevents furniture damage due to strong UV rays.

 

Cost Comparison: Single Pane vs. Double Pane

Yes, single pane windows are cheaper—but for a hefty long-term cost. Over time, your energy bills will increase due to insufficient window insulation with single pane windows. In fact, simply by switching to double pane windows, you can reduce your energy usage by 18% in the summer and 24% in the winter (source). The combined savings of double pane windows results in a huge return on your investment.

 

The Ultimate Noise-Reduction Solution: Triple Pane Windows

There is an even more efficient option for noise-canceling solutions. Triple pane windows, while similar to double-pane windows, can fill the space between the middle and inner window pane with insulating gas, such as argon. This doubles the amount of inert gas inside the window and results in highly effective insulation from noise—and weather. The extra layer of low-E can prevent radiant thermal heat from the outside, which is beneficial for homes in hot climates such as Phoenix, Arizona. There’s no better way to protect your home from noise and wasted energy.

 

Find the Most Efficient Noise-Canceling Windows for Your Home with XO

At XO Windows, we have a large selection of double paned and triple paned windows that can keep your home quiet. Our experience and expertise allows us to assess your unique needs and guide you along the way to finding your perfect windows to fit your style, comfort and budget.

 

For a FREE estimate or for more information about our products and services, call us today at 602-396-4825—or contact us here.

Single pane vs double pane windows

Single Pane Vs. Double Pane Windows

Picking the right windows for your home is big decision. Your budget along with the appearance, style, and desired energy efficiency are all things to consider. One of the first steps to take is to choose between singe pane or double pane windows.

Single Pane Windows

Much like it sounds, single pane windows are made with one layer of glass. These windows are offered in the same styles and materials as double pane windows, but are not particularly effective at insulating the home from noise pollution or seasonal temperatures. Homeowners who live in mild climates and quiet neighborhoods may lean toward single pane windows as they are an initially cheaper option. However, the overall cost of single pane windows will increase over time due to inefficient energy savings.

Double Pane Windows

Alternatively, double paned windows are made with two individual layers of glass with space between them. Applauded as sturdy and durable, the separated layers of glass act as a buffer and capture cold temperatures and high heat before they can leak into the home. This results in a lower energy bill over time and a reduction in fossil fuel use altogether.

This buffer also captures noise pollution in the same way. While not always sound-proof, double paned windows are able to significantly reduce the noise of traffic, neighbors and late night noises that may keep you up at night. What’s more? Double paned windows typically add to the overall value of your home.

 Energy Savings

If you are installing windows in a new home or replacing old, outdated ones, double paned windows generally result in a large return on your investment. In fact, 25% of annual heating and cooling costs for an average American home is attributed to inefficient windows, according to the Department of Energy (source). By switching to higher efficiency double paned windows, your energy bill is certain to decrease. Even the most basic double paned windows can reduce energy usage by 18% in the summer and up to 24% in the winter when compared to older single paned windows (source).

In order to see energy savings, however, all windows must be replaced with a double paned model. A single replacement will not yield the same money-saving results.

Cost

Single paned windows are a cheaper purchase. Homeowners on a tight budget, in turn, may be more likely to decide on the less efficient option. More often than not, these windows require added technology to keep the seasonal temperatures out eventually; thus, the added price over time—in addition to the higher energy bills—may not be worth the cheaper upfront cost.

Triple Pane Windows

If you’re looking for added security, energy savings and noise reduction, triple pane windows are a wonderful option. While similar to double-paned windows, triple pane models can fill the space between the middle and inner window pane with insulating gas, such as argon, doubling the amount of inert gas within the window. This acts as a highly effective insulator to save energy. The extra layer of low-E can have a drastic effect on preventing radiant thermal heat from the outside, which is beneficial for homes in hot climates such as Phoenix, Arizona.

What’s more, triple-glazed windows tend to attract little to no condensation as a result of their inherent energy efficiency. These windows are harder to break, trap heat and cold air and block noise from the outdoors effectively.

Selecting Your Windows with XO

At XO Windows, we have a large selection of double paned and triple paned windows that offer you and your home a multitude of benefits. Our experience and expertise allows us to assess your unique needs and guide you along the way to finding your perfect windows to fit your style, comfort and budget.

For a FREE estimate or for more information about our products and services, call us today at 602-396-4825—or contact us here.

Window, Cleaning, Window Washer.

How to Clean and Maintain Your Windows

Several months after picking out your perfect windows and installing them in your home, chances are some dirt or grime accumulated. Whether the kids left fingerprints or the dog pressed his nose against the glass, even the tidiest homes’ windows become clouded and dirty over time. Because of this, it is recommended to do a thorough clean twice a year to keep the glass looking crystal clear.

Believe it or not, there are recommended methods and techniques for this biannual cleaning. Rubbing your windows with a paper towel and window cleaner will only spread the dirt around and attract more dust. At XO Windows, we want to make sure you have all the tools you need to keep your windows sparkling.

When Should I Clean My Windows?

The best time of the year to clean your windows is in the early spring and the late fall, when the days are not too hot. The intense Arizona summer heat will cause your cleaning solution to quickly evaporate before the process is complete, leaving unappealing streaks (source).

There are three simple steps to effective window-cleaning:

1. Prep

Make sure to clear the area around your windows and cover your floors and couches to protect them from the cleaning solution, as this will be a somewhat messy job.

To clean your windows, you will need:

  • A sponge
  • Squeegee
  • Rags
  • Water and dish-washing soap

The most effective window cleaning solution is easy to make: simply mix one gallon of warm water with one drop of dish-washing soap. If your windows are particularly dirty, adding a drop or two of vinegar will help cut through dirt and grime.

2. Wash

Using a hand-held sponge and the cleaning solution, wash the edges of the window and rinse to remove dirt that may have snuck into the cracks and corners. Once you clean the border, apply the wet sponge to the rest of the window, using a squeegee to clean off the solution. Wipe the blade clean after each long stroke with a linen napkin or any other lint-free rag.

 3. Dry

Clear any remaining water on the edges of the windowsill with a rag and use a dry cloth, newspaper or coffee filter to dry the window pane and remove streaks.

Cleaning the Window Tracks

Window track maintenance is important to ensure your windows continue to open and close easily over time. In some cases, a vacuum may be used to remove dirt from the tracks; however, a toothbrush can get into the small crevices for a thorough clean, resulting in easy-to-open windows.

Removing Stubborn Stains

Over time, water runoff and rain can leave mineral stains on your windows that are hard to remove. In order to clean those stubborn stains, gently clean the affected area with fine 000 steel wool after each cleaning.

Alternatively, you may use a powder cleaning product, such as Zud or Barkeepers Friend, which contains oxalic acid that is strong enough to remove stains without scratching the glass (source). Simply mix the powder into a paste and apply the mixture to the stains with a wet towel. Rinse the area before squeegeeing and repeat this process two or three times.

In order to ensure the mineral stain doesn’t return, apply a clear polymer coating such as 3-Star Barrier Glass Surface Protectant at the end of your cleaning routine.

Assess Older Windows During Your Deep-Clean

During your biannual cleaning, assess any older windows you have for cracks, mold or poor insulation. If it’s time for a replacement, contact XO Windows for professional care.

Windows with severe damage can drastically increase your energy bill and be a risk to your home’s safety. We offer the best window installation and supply in Arizona, so all you have to worry about is your spring and fall cleaning.

For a FREE estimate or for more information about our products and services, call us today at 602-396-4825—or contact us here.

Vinyl and Aluminum

Vinyl vs. Aluminum Windows: Four Things to Consider

Picking the right windows for your home may seem like an easy task, but it can quickly turn into a much more complicated process.

If you can’t decide between vinyl or aluminum windows, there are four important things to consider in order to make the right decision:

1. Aesthetics

First and foremost, homeowners are often concerned with how the new or replacement windows will look in their home:

Vinyl – If you are looking for a more “homey” appeal, vinyl windows take the cake. There are typically many different finishes to choose from; however, vinyl windows cannot be painted, so finding an exact color to match your existing decorative painted window surface may be difficult.

Aluminum – Aluminum windows provide a more modern look with thinner frames. Unlike vinyl, these window frames can be painted or power coated, which allows for easy color matching; however, it is difficult to get the look of wood on aluminum with a coating treatment. Aluminum windows are very popular for larger facilities due to their modern, light-weight design.

 

2. Durability

While vinyl is very durable when it comes to small scratches and dents, aluminum has grown in popularity in areas of extreme weather due to its impact resistance:

Vinyl – Vinyl is durable, difficult to dent and resistant to cracks and scratches. Beyond this, vinyl is not prone to fading or pitting, making it ideal for most homeowners.

Aluminum – While aluminum is also resistant to scratching and cracking, the lightweight nature of the material makes it more likely to dent. Nevertheless, aluminum is a strong material and is typically chosen by homeowners living in hurricane-prone areas due to its overall impact resistance (source). Additionally, aluminum windows tend to provide excellent noise reduction when installed with impact-resistant glass. If window safety and impact resistance is your top priority, aluminum windows may be your best option.

 

3. Maintenance

Remember, all windows require some level of maintenance. How much work are you willing to put in to your windows?

Vinyl – Typically, vinyl windows involve less maintenance than wood or aluminum. There is no need to repaint or re-stain, therefore the cost is generally lower and cleaning is very easy.

Aluminum – While aluminum windows are not prone to rot, mildew and mold, they do require frequent lubrication to ensure smooth sliding and minimize the chance of pitting inside the tracks (source).

 

4. Energy Efficiency

Your window’s ability to insulate heat in the winter and keep the house cool in the summer are reflected in your monthly energy bill. Choosing an efficient model can therefore save you money in the long-term:

Vinyl – Vinyl windows are known for their energy efficiency. These windows provide the best thermal break—reducing the amount of heat entering the building from outside. If energy efficiency is a top priority when it comes to your windows, vinyl is certainly the best choice.

Aluminum – Conversely, aluminum is not a particularly energy efficient option; that is, without additional protection installed. However, aluminum windows are easily recycled.

 

Vinyl and Aluminum Windows at XO

At XO windows, we offer the highest quality vinyl and aluminum windows for replacement or new construction. In fact, both our vinyl and aluminum horizontal sliding windows include top-of-the-line weather proof stripping as well as durable sills that help prevent dust, energy leakage and moisture. We also offer:

Still not sure which windows are right for you? At XO Windows, we provide the experience, information and guidance you need to make the right decision. Additionally, we offer the best window installation and supply in Arizona—so you can rest assured that you are getting top-of-the-line products from experienced professionals.

For a FREE estimate or for more information about our products and services, call us today at 602-396-4825—or contact us here.