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What Do Structural, or Design Pressure, Ratings Mean?

What is Design Pressure, and how does it impact the windows or doors you are considering for your home? Let’s start with the definition of Design Pressure. According to AAMA (American Architectural Manufacturers Association), WDMA (Window and Door Manufacturers Association), … Continue reading

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What are Hurricane Windows or Impact Windows?

Hurricane Windows or Impact Windows are a product that have become prevalent over the past 25 years. Born in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew, municipalities led by Miami-Dade in South Florida, saw the need for stronger window systems. Studies showed … Continue reading

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What is a bay or a bow window?

If you are asking the questions “What is a bay or a bow window, and when should I choose one for my home?”, you may receive several different answers. Let’s start with just a basic definition of each style. Bay: … Continue reading

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Picture Windows: History of the first window

Picture windows, or fixed windows, were literally a hole in the wall, centuries ago, to allow light and air into a home. The holes were covered with animal hide, cloth or wood. It wasn’t until much later that windows were … Continue reading

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What is a casement or awning window?

When deciding what style of window to put in your home, let the existing dimensional shape of the old window opening guide you to the best style available for you. In the 80s and 90s, many casement and awning windows … Continue reading

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What is a double-hung window, and is it right for your home?

Double-hung windows: history. A double-hung window is one of the most popular replacement window styles chosen by homeowners. Some of the oldest sash windows are dated as far back as 1670 in England. Double hungs have the Georgian and Victorian-style house look — … Continue reading

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Why are Vinyl Windows Considered “The Best” Option?

When considering new windows for your home, there are many things to consider. How important is cost to you? Is more energy efficiency important? Do you currently have leaky/drafty windows that you want replaced? Are you looking to have added … Continue reading

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What Characteristics Should You Look for in Replacement Windows?

Puzzled People’s Perfect Product Picking Process While alliteration can be fun, I like it because it can also be memorable. With that in mind, please consider my six P’s of the product picking process. Provider: How do you feel about … Continue reading

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Why Should Homeowners Purchase Vinyl Replacement Windows?

There are many different types of replacement windows on the market today. There are fiberglass windows, aluminum replacement windows, wood replacement windows, composite-type windows, and many styles of vinyl replacement windows. There are pros and cons with each of these … Continue reading

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Soft-Lite Offers Impact Windows, Doors and Tips for Hurricane Season

June marks the official beginning of hurricane season, which runs through November. Although Dr. William Gray of Colorado State University has forecasted that this Atlantic hurricane season will be one of the least active since the 1950s, hurricane protection and … Continue reading

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