Windows Style Guide

Windows Style Guide

Introduction – Understanding Window Basics

If you’re like most, this is your first window purchase. And while this is a project that many undertake to make their home more energy-efficient, it’s also the perfect opportunity to transform your most personal space into one that reflects your specific style and taste. This guide is designed to help you understand the various window styles available – from a traditional double-hung model to sleek casements and room-expanding bay and bow windows. Starting on page 16 you’ll find FrameWorks®, our assortment of arresting interior and exterior colors including eight woodgrain styles designed to work with your home’s individual décor. In addition to a variety of window configurations and colors, you have an extensive choice of grid patterns and glass styles to create the perfect finish to your window design project. For product information specific to each of Alside’s window brands, visit and download individual product literature. Not all colors and options are available in all window brands and markets. Please consult your window professional for specific availability.

Product Development

The Alside development team designs windows they’d want on their own homes. There are many individuals on the team, each with a unique talent, all with the same vision. The researchers – who discovered how to improve energy efficiency far beyond the average. The visionaries – who demanded the narrow, yet strong frame and sashes and larger glass daylighting. The designers – who championed the rich, deep colors and glass styles they knew you’d love. The experts – who developed advanced manufacturing techniques. These are the people behind Alside Windows.

Go Green

Exceptionally energy-smart and weathertight, Alside Windows not only reduce fuel consumption needed to heat and cool homes, they also boast a long service life and achieve optimal material use and minimal waste in production. Virtually all in-plant vinyl scrap is recycled into other useful products, further reducing the environmental impact of waste. And because vinyl never needs to be painted, it helps eliminate paint, stain and other maintenance-related products from entering the waste stream or releasing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the atmosphere. Vinyl windows also are eco-friendly because vinyl resin is derived largely from common salt   – a sustainable and abundant natural resource!*

*Source: A Clear View – Vinyl Windows and the   Environment.
American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) & The Vinyl Institute (VI). March 2007

Simple Answers – Choosing Replacement Windows

The following questions and answers focus on what you need to know most about replacement windows from frame construction and glass options to energy savings and performance features.  This guide will help make the decisions clear.

Is there a big difference between custom windows and ready-made windows at a building supply store?

For the best fit, you should strongly consider custom-sized windows. Custom windows are precision-engineered to 1/8″ increments and manufactured to fit your specific window opening. You will get the exact style and options you desire, ensure   utmost energy efficiency, and an overall better appearance and installation. Stock-sized windows are adjusted to fit your existing window openings on site and may require extensive carpentry work both inside and outside your home. The appearance and thermal performance can be diminished by this retrofitting process.

What types of windows are available?
The three types of windows most commonly offered are aluminum, wood or vinyl – with wood and vinyl the most popular choices. It’s important to note that aluminum windows have painted surfaces that may scratch easily and the metal construction makes for a poor insulator. Wood windows are effective insulators, but can absorb moisture and typically require painting, caulking and other annual upkeep to maintain appearance  and performance.

Vinyl windows are the most popular choice because they expertly combine beauty, durability and low maintenance with high-performance thermal efficiency. The solid vinyl construction never needs to be painted, and the precision-fit mainframe and sash, along with several insulating components, achieve exceptional energy savings. Alside Windows are available in a wide range of styles and configurations to fit all architectural designs.

In terms of construction, what makes for a better grade, more durable vinyl window?
The corners of the window frame and sashes should be fusion-welded (heat-welded) for a weathertight construction. Beware of   windows
with mitered corners screwed together or chemically welded corners, as they may decline in performance over time. You’ll also want to take a look at the vinyl extrusions in the window frame    and sash. At a quick glance all vinyl windows may look similar, but there can be dramatic differences in the quality of the vinyl used. Some windows, built with lower-quality vinyl that has a dull blue or gray cast, can become brittle over time. Alside Windows are constructed with premium vinyl extrusions to ensure the frame    and sashes provide long-lasting beauty and performance

What other construction features should I be aware of?
When you compare one window to the next, you’ll see – and feel – the quality difference. Alside Windows begin with a computer- controlled construction of the mainframe and steel-reinforced sash to produce a solidly built window with superior strength. Most windows come standard with double-strength glass for an exceptionally strong barrier.  Interlocking meeting rails and thickset multi-chambered extrusions further add to the structural integrity and insulation,
while multi-layer weatherstripping, a compression bulb seal and drop-in glazing provide excellent thermal protection.

You’ll also want to test the window’s moving parts. Alside Double- Hung Windows, for example, feature a full interlock at the meeting rails to seal the window tightly shut and a constant force balance system to ensure smooth and easy operation of the moving sash

What should I look for in terms of glass performance?
For starters, many windows are built with single-strength glass. Alside Windows are built with double-strength glass, which means that each pane is 3 mm thick instead of the industry standard of 2 mm. The glass is stronger, more protective and won’t crack or break as easily.

Windows are about 80% glass, so it’s important to select a glass package that will help shield your home from absorbing outside heat in the summer and losing indoor heat in the winter. For optimum energy savings consider Alside Windows with the ClimaTech® insulated glass package. ClimaTech combines Low-E glass with argon gas† and the Intercept® Warm-Edge Spacer System to achieve optimal energy efficiency. Because Alside offers a variety of ClimaTech glass packages, your window professional can help you choose the best one for your home and area of the country.

Are replacement windows a good investment?
From day one, Alside Windows begin making a return on your investment. You can expect a decrease in your annual fuel consumption for heating and cooling your home. Vinyl windows are  virtually  maintenance-free,  which can also save substantial dollars spent  on painting, caulking and maintenance. New windows will enhance the curb appeal of your home, which can help increase its  resale value. In most cases, you can expect  to recover more than half of the cost of your replacement windows when it’s time to  sell. The national average of the cost recouped for vinyl replacement windows is 71.6% for midrange projects and 72.6% for upscale projects, according to Remodeling  magazine’s
“2010-11 Cost vs. Value Report.”

Will my replacement windows require a lot of maintenance?
Alside vinyl replacement windows are a  pleasure  to  maintain.  You  can say  goodbye  to  scraping,  painting and caulking. The heavy-duty vinyl construction is virtually maintenance-free and there are no storm windows to struggle with. Most Alside Windows can be cleaned from inside the comfort of your home. Just wipe the vinyl surface with a damp cloth to keep your windows looking like new

Do I need to keep each window the same type as my original window, or can I change the styles and configurations?
New windows can transform the appearance of your home, and with Alside’s extensive window selection you’ll have many options to choose from. Whether your tastes are contemporary, traditional or transitional, we can custom build to your specifications. Alside also offers a host of glass and grid options and elegant frame finishes to suit your design  needs.

Do I need a professional?
Hiring a professional is a smart decision on many   levels.  A trained eye and skillful hand will clearly show in the beautiful installation, indoor comfort and thermal efficiency of your home.  A professional will also be able to make design suggestions to help in the decision process. You’ll want to make sure the contractor you hire is licensed, bonded and experienced. While you may be tempted to install the windows yourself, you may not be prepared for the difficult installation challenges or structural damage to your home that could occur, along with the risk of voiding the window warranty. A professional installer will also be up to date on codes relating to lead, energy, and more.

Should I be concerned with where the windows are manufactured?
Absolutely. A replacement window is only as good as the company that stands behind it. Alside has more than 60 years of manufacturing experience and success. We proudly own and operate six window plants in North America that expertly produce windows of superior beauty, quality and durability. Utilizing performance standards beyond AAMA, ASTM and NFRC requirements, our windows are rigorously tested for air, water, structural load,  thermal   performance,  and forced entry resistance. Companywide, we are committed to ensuring that each window will provide   years of excellent service and energy  savings. image022 image020image021

We also stand behind our products long after the installation is complete with a knowledgeable customer service team that’s ready to serve you. Should any questions or concerns arise, just call the number on the sticker located on your window. This label also includes a factory order number for easy  reference.

What about warranty coverage?
Alside Windows are backed with a Lifetime Limited Warranty with transferability provisions – further assurance that you have made an excellent selection for your home from a respected manufacturer. See warranty for complete details.

Helpful Label Language / Energy Performance Ratings

Helpful Label Language
Energy Performance Ratings